Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women. In a recent article, it’s estimated that 17,586 Australian women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in this year alone. Thankfully due to recent medical advances, the mortality rate is fairly low. Over the past 2 decades, great strides have been made in the field of exercise-oncology research, particularly with breast cancer. This area of research is particularly important since there are over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors who are in need of an intervention that can offset treatment-related side effects. That is where exercise comes to the rescue.
Currently, there are various treatments for breast cancer, and it is very important to understand what the side effects will be during and after treatment. There is an abundance of evidence based research showing the benefits of exercise prescription both during and post breast cancer treatment. However, treatment comes with several side effects on the body’s health and function. These can include;
- changes in body composition,
- decrease in aerobic fitness,
- decrease muscle strength,
- decrease quality of life,
- increase in anxiety,
- increase depression,
- increase pain.
Exercise prescription is a widely known to have a multitude of health and wellbeing benefits spanning across the chronic disease and pathology populations. By participating in individualised prescribed exercise, this assists in reducing the side effects both during and after treatment as well as improving quality of life. Some benefits of exercise include;
- Increase muscle strength
- Improve function for daily life activities
- Maintain bone mineral density
- Increase aerobic fitness and reduce fatigue
- Improve psychological & behavioural outcomes
How can an Exercise Physiologist be part of your journey to recovery? We can prescribe an individualised programme with exercises based on the individual’s needs, abilities and restrictions to keep you at optimal functional health and wellbeing. Absolute Balance is a team of Exercise Physiologists that work within a multidisciplinary team and are trained to help you tackle any health-related pathology or disease that you may come across. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.absolutebalance.com.au for more information.
Antimony Sven Fang (B.Sc. – Sports Science, Grad Dip – Exercise Rehab)
Exercise Consultant – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)
Reference: Breast Cancer (Dove Med Press), (2015), Exercise after breast cancer treatment: current perspectives, Retrieved from URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4622557/