Share on twitter Share on Google Plus by Jill Margo The old pattern of cosseting people after cancer treatment is over. The new way is to get them up and out exercising as soon as possible.It’s a counter-intuitive and dramatic change with exercise now being regarded as a medicine. And its not just a stretch here and a shuffle there. It is serious exercise.Australia’s peak body representing all health professionals who work in cancer has just produced the world’s first position paper that prescribes exercise as a standard component of treatment across the cancer spectrum.Produced by the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia, the position paper has the support of 25 leading health organisations involved in the treatment of this disease. It is published today in conjunction with the Medical Journal of Australia, MJA. This is a national push and although the paper doesn’t call it “tough love”, that is what it is recommending to the 138,000 Australians who will be diagnosed with cancer this year and to the 1.1 million Australians currently living with the disease or its aftermath. Advertisement The authors say there is strong evidence to show exercise can help to counteract the effects of cancer and its… Read full this story
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