Exercise is the best medicine and should be prescribed to all cancer patients – experts say.
The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia has launched its position statement on the role of exercise alongside surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in cancer care.
Endorsed by a group of 25 influential health and cancer organisations, including Cancer Council Australia, it is the world's first ever researcher-led call for exercise to be an essential component of treatment.
Lead author, Professor Prue Cormie from the Australian Catholic University says the statement is based on "indisputable" evidence.
"Really we are at the stage where the science is telling us that withholding exercise from cancer patients can be harmful," Professor Cormie said.
"Exercise is the best medicine someone with cancer can take in addition to their standard cancer treatments. That's because we know now that people who exercise regularly experience fewer and less severe treatment side-effects; cancer related fatigue, mental distress, quality of life."
They also have a lower risk of their cancer coming back or dying from the disease, said Professor Cormie.
Exercise recommendations for people with cancer:
Two to three resistance sessions a week
Plus, at least 150minutes of moderate aerobic exercise, or such as walking, cycling or swimming.