Live Long, & Strong Cancer Exercise Class

How Does the Program Work?

Enrolment/referral

People who have been previously or are currently diagnosed with cancer are eligible for this program. Individuals can self-refer or be referred to the ‘Live Long and Live Strong’ Program through any practitioner in their primary health care team, or our website contact form.

Consultation/assessment

Our exercise physiologist Ciella will contact you and provide you with information about the service to make sure this is the right fit for you. You will then be scheduled for a face to face consultation and assessment with Ciella.

The initial appointment with our Oncology exercise physiologist Ciella

Your exercise physiologist will conduct a pre-activity health screening and assess your health-related physical fitness in order to individualise your exercise prescription. This exercise prescription will be tailored to your type of cancer, treatment history, the severity of any symptoms/side effects, and your general health history, physical abilities and personal preferences. The personalised exercise prescription will be designed using international guidelines for best practice exercise medicine.

Individual Exercise session

You will then attend 1 x 45 minute, face to face exercise consult with Ciella at the Sunshine Leisure Centre. You will be shown how to complete your individualised exercise program during this session to ensure you are familiarised with the program prior to starting in the group.

Group – Based Exercise sessions

You will attend 1 x hour group session every Monday & Friday for a minimum 3 months. All group sessions will be supervised by an exercise physiologist and will keep close eye on you during sessions. Questions about technique, treatment or changes in your health are discussed during the sessions. Feel free to interact with the other group member who are also going through a similar experience.

Final Consultation

Once you have completed the 3-month program you will have another 1 x 45, face to face consult with Ciella. This is to re-assess your health status and provide feedback on your progress following the completion of the program. A variety of options to continue exercising will also be discussed, such as joining again, exercising solo or trying a different option.

Training Details

Once per week on Friday @ 1pm at the Sunshine Leisure Centre.

Sessions are 60mins in length.

Groups are capped to 8 people.

Sessions are supervised by a clinical exercise physiologist with further training and qualifications in exercise oncology.

What Type of Exercise to Expect?

Aerobic exercises consisting of prolonged, rhythmic activities using the large muscle groups (e.g., walking, cycling or arm ergometer, cross trainer, or stair climber).

Resistance exercises include using either free weights, resistance machines, or weight-bearing functional tasks (e.g., sit to stand), targeting all major muscle groups.

Flexibility exercises include either stretching or range of motion exercises of all major muscle groups. These exercises will also address specific areas of joint and/or muscle restrictions that can happen with surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment.

Bone strengthening exercise includes forms of heavier weight bearing motions that help counteract the decline of osteoporosis and osteopenia which can be accelerated by different forms of breast and prostate cancer treatments.

Balance exercises will also be included to help with re-gaining confidence after being off your feet for a long period of time as well as assist with side effects such as peripheral neuropathy. Balance exercise may assist with reducing peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

Progression

Progression is based on the patient’s response to the intervention program. Adjustments are individually based.

Typically each fortnight, your exercise physiologist will make a safe progression.

Special Considerations

Patients receiving chemotherapy and/or radiation may experience fluctuating periods of sickness and fatigue during treatment cycles. This requires frequent modifications to the exercise prescription, such as reducing the intensity and/or duration of the exercise sessions.

Your exercise physiologist will adjust your program accordingly to suit.

If you have low neutrophils/white blood cell counts, your exercise physiologist will discuss a safe plan for you to follow at the gym or home. If at the gym extra pre-cautions to follow social distancing and basic hygiene protocols.

Cost

OPTION 1: Upfront at $300 for 12 sessions ($25 per session, saving of $60). 

OPTION 2: Weekly direct debit @ $30 per week for 12 sessions ($360 total cost).