Rural cancer patients given chance to ease side effects from the comfort of their own home | Leukaemia Foundation

Rural cancer patients given chance to ease side effects from the comfort of their own home

Wednesday, 06 May 2015

 

A free exercise DVD that will help regional and rural Queenslanders beat their blood cancer has launched today.

The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland’s unique Fit to Thrive DVD supports growing evidence of the benefits of physical activity for people living with cancer.

Research has shown that physical activity before, during, and after blood cancer treatments like chemotherapy or a stem cell transplant can have a number of significant benefits.

Developed in partnership with Accredited Exercise Physiologists at Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation, Fit to Thrive started as an in-gym exercise program in Brisbane last year, but due to its success was recently extended to the Gold Coast, Townsville, and Cairns.

The introduction of the DVD means that rural and regional patients will now be able to access the benefits of a medical exercise program that has been specifically tailored to people dealing with a blood cancer, all without ever needing to leave their home.

The DVD contains 28 different strength and flexibility exercises, as well as information about measuring exercise intensity and tips for creating an at-home exercise program.

Participants in Fit to Thrive have so far seen marked improvements in muscle strength, flexibility, balance, quality of life and psychological well-being, as well as a decrease in common treatment side effects such as fatigue and nausea.

‘Patients have found that a regular exercise program has strengthened not only their body but their mind, making them feel better-equipped to tackle their cancer and their treatment regimen,’ says the Leukaemia Foundation’s Director of Support Services, Barbara Hartigan.

The Fit to Thrive DVD is provided by the Leukaemia Foundation to patients at no cost, joining the charity’s other free Support Services for regional and rural Queenslanders including financial assistance and accommodation.

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

For more information about Fit to Thrive, visit leukaemiaqld.org.au/thrive.

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About the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
The Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland is the only Queensland charity dedicated to improving the lives of patients with all types of blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Foundation wants more people to survive a blood cancer diagnosis and go on to live a full life. We are committed to investing in research projects which focus on improving patient outcomes and providing free support programs which aim to reduce the emotional impact of a blood cancer diagnosis.
The Foundation does not receive direct government funding and relies on the generosity of the community to support our vision to cure blood cancers and support patients when they need it most.

About Aspire Fitness and Rehabilitation
Aspire is a centre for delivery of mid to late stage rehabilitation, strength and conditioning programming, and medically-specific rehabilitation services.

Media contact:
Ally Tutkaluk, Support Services Communications Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland
P: 07 3055 8233 E: atutkaluk@leukaemia.org.au

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