University of Canberra researchers are working in collaboration with the Canberra Hospital’s Oncology Unit and ICON Cancer Centre to research cancer recovery and life after cancer for patients and their loved ones.
The PACES (pre-habilitation, activity, cancer, exercise and survivorship) research group came together in early 2019 and consists of academics at the University of Canberra who are passionate about conducting research in oncology.
The research is a multi-disciplinary approach to improvement for not only the person with cancer, but their loved ones too.
The program investigates the effect of exercise on cancer patients and those living post-cancer. Exercise classes tailored for the individual have been held for cancer survivors, people going through cancer treatment and people living post-treatment seeking to improve their strength and fitness.
The classes are in high demand, indicating an area of need within the community. Results have been positive for patients with a wide variety of cancers: from breast, to bowel and prostate cancer. People with any type of cancer can be referred or can self-refer into the program.
The PACES group aims to improve overall health outcomes and reduce the risk of developing other chronic conditions as a result of cancer (particularly cardiovascular disease) through exercise.
"The benefits are incredible. Patients are building their strength back up, they are able to complete their chemotherapy and their treatment much easier if they’re fitter and stronger".
I came to nursing to make a meaningful difference to what matters most to people affected by cancer, and most importantly, the areas in which they are in most need of support and intervention.
Catherine Paterson Ph.D
PACES Researcher and Clinical Assistant Professor Ph.D,
(All Distinctions: BA, MSc, PgCert LTA, FHEA, Non-medical prescriber, RAN)
The benefits are incredible. Patients are building their strength back up, they are able to complete their chemotherapy and their treatment much easier if they’re fitter and stronger.
Dr Kellie Toohey
PACES Researcher and Clinical Assistant Professor,
University of Canberra
I have seen the referrals for patients with a diagnosis of cancer increase by more than 4000 per cent in four years in our department. It’s amazing to see the uptake in this group. I want to ensure that all patients have access to the expertise of an Exercise Physiologist.
Higher Degree by Research academic
University of Canberra
The University of Canberra’s PACES research group focusses their research activity on three distinct themes: prehabilitation, physical activity in people affected by cancer and survivorship (life beyond cancer).
The group was established in 2019 and consists of a mixed group of clinical and academic healthcare professionals and a group of researchers working across each area.
At it’s core, PACES focuses on:
Explore some current reasearch projects.
So far, the program has seen some amazing results.
The cancer recovery program is provided by University of Canberra staff and students. Participants make a $400 contribution towards the cost of the program. The actual cost is $1500 (each) for the 16-week program, with the gap being paid for by the University.
The University plans to continue to subsidise the full cost of the program for as many people as possible in the future, but can only do so with your generous support.
Additional funding will also be used to engage PhD and Honours students who contribute greatly to the program.
Our goal is to ensure the cancer recovery program is seen as an important part of cancer treatment, becomes available nationally, and is fully funded for those who need it.
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Dr Kellie Toohey
Exercise Physiology, physical activity, survivorship, chronic disease, rehabilitation, prehabilitationResearch profile
Professor Nick Brown
Movement analysis and motor controlResearch profile
Associate Professor Catherine Paterson
Oncology nursing, chronic disease, prehabilitationResearch profile
Professor Karen Strickland
Oncology nursing, chronic disease, health services, digital healthResearch profile
Dr Irmina Nahon
Pelvic floor, prostate cancer, rehabilitationResearch profile
Dr Jane Kellett
Oncology palliative care, nutrition and dieteticsResearch profile
Dr Reza Mortazavi
Diagnostic pathology, haematology and blood transfusion, thromboemolismResearch profile
Professor Stuart Semple
Physical activity, CVD, exercise, immunologyResearch profile
Associate Professor Andrew McKune
Stress physiology, immunology and bioenergetics in adaptation to exercise in cancer stress responsesResearch profile
Associate Professor Rachel Bacon
Clinical education and community research, dieteticsResearch profile
Professor Desmond Yip (Adjunct)
Development of biological agents in cancer, renal cell carcinoma and GI cancersResearch profile