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Cancer Wellness Centre

Student led healthcare for Belconnen and the wider Canberra community

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UC Cancer Wellness Centre is a unique multidisciplinary teaching clinic providing supportive cancer care to the residents of Canberra and nearby regions. Through delivering allied health services before, during and beyond cancer treatment, our individually tailored programs can help mitigate treatment-related side effects, improve physical function and quality of life.

Our supportive care programs include:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Occupational Therapy (TBC in late 2020)
  • Counselling (TBC in late 2020).

Why exercise?

In 2018, the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) released a position statement stating that “exercise should be embedded as part of standard practice in cancer care and to be viewed as an adjunct therapy that helps counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment.” This recommendation has evolved from countless studies demonstrating that sedentary behaviour such as sitting and lying should be limited and that regular exercise is safe and effective as pre-rehabilitation throughout active treatment (chemotherapy, radiation and immunotherapy) and to enhance recovery following treatment.

Benefits of Regular Exercise

Below are some of the health and wellbeing benefits commonly experienced from participating in regular exercise during and after cancer treatment.

Reduction in

  • risk of developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes
  • symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • duration of hospital admissions
  • risk of cancer reoccurrence rate
  • treatment related side effects such as:
    • cancer-related fatigue (CRF)
    • chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) such as numbness and pins and needles
    • lymphedema
    • nausea
    • muscle tightness, joint stiffness and pain.

Improvements in

  • muscular strength, endurance and power
  • balance and coordination with reduced falls risk
  • physical function and fitness
  • capacity to perform everyday activities
  • blood flow to reduce risk of blood clots
  • quality of life
  • mood and sense of control during and after treatment
  • sleep quality
  • body image, confidence and self-esteem
  • cognitio
  • tolerability and completion rates of treatment
  • body composition and weight management
  • bone health
  • immune function.

In response to the situation with COVID-19, we are offering telehealth services. Please call us to make an appointment.

Depending on your required service we operate out of two locations on the UC Campus in Bruce.

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