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Evidence-based guidelines for physios treating cancer patients and survivor

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a new set of guidelines which highlight the importance of exercise in combatting the effects of cancer treatment and improving survival rates.

The new guidelines follow the convention by the college of a roundtable of experts from 17 organisations, including the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute, to review the latest scientific evidence and offer recommendations about the benefits of exercise for prevention, treatment, recovery and improved survival.

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has thrown its support behind the guidelines, acknowledging the important role physiotherapists play in ensuring that people with or recovering from cancer have access to the most appropriate exercise treatment plans.

APA chair of cancer, lymphoedema and palliative care group, Elise Gane, said she wasn’t surprised by the findings, but was pleased that evidence was mounting at a global scale.

“We’ve always known that exercise is important, but the growing evidence base for the benefits of participation in moderate intensity aerobic exercise and resistance training for better outcomes is spurring us to find new ways to motivate and support our patients with programs that best fit their needs,” said Ms Gane.

“Physiotherapists working with patients with a cancer diagnosis are highly experienced in designing and managing tailored exercise programs.

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