Dr Newton was very pleased to present at the Breast Cancer Network Australia Plan B and Plan C Conferences on 11 August 2018.
The event was sold out and both audiences were engaged and interested in exercise medicine for cancer management.
A consistent theme across both groups was the shame and feelings of inadequacy or that they were just not trying hard enough to meet recommended guidelines for exercise by cancer patients and survivors. Current recommendations by the American College of Sports Medicine and Clinical Oncology Society of Australia other patients try to accumulate 75 to 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise and two or more resistance training sessions each week. These recommendations are almost a decade old although COSA did restate these same recommendations this year which has exacerbated the problem.
Exercise medicine should be tailored to the patient’s needs and capacity and a generic recommendation such as above is not helpful. Rather it places unreasonable expectations on patients and clinicians and is not account for the various cancer types, stages and health issues experienced by patients and survivors.
Overall the two conference streams were very successful and certainly raise the awareness of exercise as a medicine contributing to overall cancer management.
Appropriate exercise will improve quality of life, reduce treatment side effects and enhance or prevent decline in body composition and physical function.
MyExerciseMedicine provides online support to cancer patients and survivors assisting them to adopt a safe and effective exercise lifestyle.
The Breast Cancer Network Australia has embraced the research and clinical evidence of exercise as an important medicine for people with breast cancer. As a result they have implemented a range of initiatives which are contributing substantially to improved quality and quantity of life for both women and men with breast cancer.