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  • What is Exercise Oncology?
    Exercise oncologists are exercise physiologists that specialise in utilising exercise to improve outcomes for people living with, or beyond cancer. Exercise oncologists have an understanding of the disease processes of cancer and the common treatments used and apply principles of exercise physiology to use exercise as medicine to help overcome and manage common side effects of treatment and improve outcomes such as reducing the risk of cancer recurrence.
  • What should I expect from my initial assessment?
    At your initial or class pre-screening appointment with our Exercise Physiologists we will get to know you and take a detailed relevant medical history. We will go through your cancer history and treatments. We will discuss any health concerns, exercise history and what you would like to achieve out of the exercise physiology sessions. We will then conduct some physical assessments to look at how your body is moving. We will then work with you to formulate a treatment plan which might included 1 on 1 supervised exercise physiology, small group, large group, or home-based exercise. Your exercise physiologist will also spend time educating you on the benefits of exercise and how it can benefit you. When attending an Exercise Physiology appointment, we ask that you please wear some comfortable clothing you can move well in, closed in shoes & bring a towel and water bottle.
  • What services do you offer?
    At Valere health we offer a range of services and cancer exercise programs to assist you safely exercise with cancer. We recommend everyone has an initial assessment to ensure rehabilitation programs are individualised and address your goals and needs. We will also provide you with education on the benefits of exercise that are specific to you (e.g., exercise and chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormone therapy or before/after surgery), tips and tricks for managing side effects of treatment, any special considers for exercise during treatment that are specific to you and how exercise may reduce your risk of recurrence or prolong survival. We will then provide you with and individualised tailored plan to suit your goals and needs which may one or a combination of the following services: - Home exercise programming - Individualised 1 on 1 training - Small group training - Large group training - Continual education - Referral to other cancer specific health professionals
  • Do I need a doctors referral to access your services?
    You don't need a doctor's referral to see any of the team at Valere Health. However, if a doctor refers you with a chronic disease management plan, you can get a Medicare rebate for up to five sessions. If you are interested in utilising a chronic disease management plan however, unsure how to get one please speak to one of the team at Valere Health and we can send your GP a letter.
  • What is an Exercise Physiologists?
    Exercise physiologists are health care professionals who specialise in the effect of exercise on the body, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease, support optimal health, and aid in recovery from injury or surgery. We use our knowledge to use exercise as medicine, and prescribe exercise to treat, or prevent health conditions and injuries in the same way a doctor might prescribe medication to ultimately improve quality of life and outcomes. We work alongside your GP, specialist, and other allied health to best support your recovery and return to health.
  • When should I not come to my exercise sessions?
    While we often recommend no matter how you are feeling to come in and we will adapt the exercise to suit you. However, there are a few scenarios and cancer specific considerations where we recommend missing your exercise session: - Extreme fatigue where travelling is unsafe (we can swap to a telehealth session) - Fever (please also contact your doctor) - Severe neutropenia - telehealth may be a safer option
  • Can I exercise with cancer and how can exercise help if I have cancer?
    YES!!! Exercise has been shown as safe and effective for people with cancer. Recently the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) recommended exercise be apart of standard care. Click on me to read the COSA position statement The good news is exercise is not only safe but also effective at improving many outcomes for people with cancer some of these include: - Risk of recurrence - Quality of life - Strength - Fitness - Cancer-related fatigue - Immune function - Chemo-brain - Peripheral neuropathy - Functional capacity - Pain - Bone mineral density - Body composition (muscle and fat) - Mental health - Sleep disturbances
  • Will exercise shrink my cancer tumours?
    I often get asked this in the clinic – While there is limited evidence in studies with humans there is evidence accumulating to suggest that targeted exercise therapy may in fact slow or prevent cancer growth. 1. Studies have demonstrated that those who are physically active after their diagnosis have a reduced risk of cancer recurrence and mortality in across several cancer types. 2. Animal studies have demonstrated that exercise can supress cancer growth in several cancer types such as breast, melanoma, lung, and pancreatic cancers. 3. Studies using cancer cells have shown that blood taken from someone immediately post exercise can supress the growth of the cancer cells within the laboratory. One thing all of these studies have in common is that it is dose dependant meaning the more you do the better results you have and that the exercise should be of an intensity that makes your breathless.
  • What is the best exercise for someone with cancer?
    Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all approach and the best exercise for you may not be the best for someone else. However, it is important to: 1. Include some exercise with some bursts of higher intensity movement that makes you breathless – this type of exercise has been linked with improved immune function due to the increases in heart rate and has been utilised in some of the research studies mentioned earlier. 2. Include resistance training exercises 2-3 times a week that will improve your strength. Muscle mass has been linked to improved survival in a variety of chronic diseases including cancer. Additionally, increased levels of muscle mass will help you maintain function, reduce cancer-related fatigue, and even tolerate treatment better.
  • Will exercise make my cancer spread?
    No – exercise will not make your cancer spread. The influence of exercise and physical activity on cancer outcomes has been explored for over a decade and there is no evidence to suggest exercise will cause cancer growth in fact it is the opposite!!
  • Can I use my private health insurance?
    Yes, all our services at Valere Health are eligible for private health rebates and have a HICAPS machine at the clinic for instant claiming.
  • How are the Exercise Oncologists at Valere Health different to others?
    Valere Health are industry leaders in exercise and cancer. As Queensland’s only exercise oncology specific clinic which is led by Dr Morgan Farley. Morgan has a PhD in exercise and cancer where she explored the influence of exercise on immune function in people with cancer. Morgans research has been funded by Tour de Cure, the National Health and Medical Research Center and Cancer Council Queensland. Morgan collaborates with non-for profit organisations such as Cancer Council Queensland, Myeloma Australia, and CanTeen to provide resources and education to people that have been affected by cancer and is a university educator who has taught over 250 students on how to use exercise as medicine for people with cancer. Valere health is continuously engaged in cutting-edge research and integrates the latest advancements into your care. Valere Health brings both extensive knowledge having worked with over 200 people with cancer and lived experience with cancer. Under Dr Farley’s guidance the staff at Valere Health have undergone exercise oncology internships, research projects, and comprehensive training, ensuring an in depth understanding of cancer treatments, including surgeries, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, targeted treatments, and radiation therapy. Our extensive cancer specific knowledge and patient-centered approach allows us to place YOU at the forefront of our care, enabling us to create personalised exercise programs tailored to your unique diagnosis, treatment plan, and individual goals.

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