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New Brisbane exercise program could help blood cancer patients’ quality of life

Wednesday, 02 April 2014


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The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has launched a new exercise program that aims to assist blood cancer patients in coping with treatment side effects and improving their overall well-being.

Fit to Thrive is a 12-week medical exercise program the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland has developed in conjunction with Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation (AFR).

The free program for blood cancer patients was developed in consultation with allied health professionals and haematologists, and aims to support growing evidence of the benefits of physical activity for patients. Research has shown that physical activity before, during, and post cancer treatments like chemotherapy or a stem cell transplant can have a number of benefits.

Improved muscle strength, flexibility, balance, quality of life and psychological well-being, as well as a decrease in common treatment side effects such as fatigue, are some of the possible positive outcomes.

Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s Director of Support Services, Barbara Hartigan, says that Fit to thrive is a welcome addition to the Foundation’s support program.

“Fit to thrive can benefit patients at all stages, whether they are about to begin chemotherapy, in preparation for a stem cell transplant, having ongoing treatment, or have completed treatment and are looking to improve their functional ability,” she said.

Fit to thrive is provided by the Foundation to participants at no cost, and forms part of a range of free Foundation Support Services such as counselling, information, seminars, grief support, carer support, financial assistance and accommodation.

Fit to thrive may be suitable for anyone who has been affected by leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, aplastic anaemia, amyloidosis, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN), or a related blood disorder.

For more information about Fit to thrive, contact the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland on 1800 620 420.

About the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland:

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with blood cancers and related disorders. The Foundation provides free support services to help patients and families as they face diagnosis, treatment, and the future.

About Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation:

Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation was developed by Queensland Sports Medicine Centre to provide a centre of excellence for the delivery of mid to late stage rehabilitation, strength and conditioning programming, and medically-specific rehabilitation services.

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Media contact:

Ally Tutkaluk
Support Services Communications Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 61 7 3055 8233