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February 2019

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The EX-MED Cancer program proves popular.

Exercise encouraged during cancer care

The Department of Health and Human Services has recognised the benefit of exercise programs for cancer patients in a statewide forum.

The forum involved more than 100 stakeholders including individuals with personal experience of cancer and professionals from across the health sector.

They discussed ways the health system could help people living with cancer incorporate exercise into their care.

An advisory group has been formed to explore the implementation of models to increase the uptake of exercise and to support people affected by cancer to achieve better outcomes.

A champion of exercise after cancer is Shelley Heaney, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017.

Ms Heaney has taken part in the EX-MED Cancer pilot model of care.

EX-MED Cancer is a Victorian Cancer Survivorship Program which supports the needs of cancer survivors after treatment.

EX-MED Cancer was developed by Associate Professor Prue Cormie and the exercise oncology team at Australian Catholic University in partnership with Austin Health, Western Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a number of other organisations.

Ms Heaney described EX‑MED Cancer as the bridge between cancer and living well.

‘When I found EX-MED Cancer everything changed.

‘I went from being a patient to living again.

‘Slowly and safely, I began to move again, week by week.

‘The guidance and the expertise, the defined program, the one-on-one support and the laughter changed me.

‘In the gym I forgot I had cancer,’ Ms Heaney said.

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