Why run oncology rehabilitation?

Oncology rehabilitation programs are an important aspect of clinical care for people diagnosed with cancer. People diagnosed with cancer may also be referred to as ‘cancer survivors’.

Cancer is extremely common in Australia. Promisingly, most people diagnosed with cancer now survive, however it is common for people to experience ongoing disability and disease burden following their medical treatment. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of disease burden in Australia. 

Oncology rehabilitation programs provide an opportunity to offer patients a standardised, safe and effective means to undertake exercise training either before (prehabilitation), during or after (survivorship) their cancer treatment. There is compelling evidence that physical activity is associated with improvements in common cancer-related health outcomes including physical function, fatigue, anxiety and depression. 

Working with patients with cancer requires specific knowledge and this website is designed to share such knowledge to fully qualified health professionals.