Research has found that exercise is an effective medicine for people with cancer. People with cancer who exercise regularly have fewer and milder side effects from their treatments.
Regular exercise can help to:
The purpose of the Life Now Exercise program is to introduce exercise in a safe and supportive environment and to empower people to manage their own physical activity.
- The Life Now Exercise program is for people who have been diagnosed within the last two years, are currently undergoing cancer treatment or who have completed cancer treatment in the last two years. Carers are eligible to attend with the patient.
- Some eligibility criteria applies. Program contraindications include the following health conditions: bone metastases (cancer in the bone), severe anaemia, neutropenia or other acute illness.
- The program includes a 1-hour class twice a week for 12 weeks, and is facilitated by an accredited exercise physiologist. Each participant must obtain medical clearance before an individualised program is designed for them by the exercise physiologist. (Please note: there is a fee for the initial assessment. Participants may receive a rebate from Medicare; this is dependent upon their GP and/or private health care fund.)
- So we can help more people to experience the benefits of exercise medicine, participants are invited to attend one 12 week term only.
Interested in participating in a Life Now Program?
Upcoming Life Now Exercise classes
Term 3 2019
Life Now Exercise classes are currently underway for Term 3 2019.
These classes include: Balga, Bentley, Bunbury, Canning Vale, East Fremantle, Floreat, Joondalup, Leederville, Mandurah, Midland and Rockingham.
Term 1 2020
The next term of Life Now Exercise will commence in February 2020.*#
Classes locations and dates will be released in December 2019. Please subscribe to the Life Now e-newsletter to be informed of future classes by emailing email@example.com.
* Details are subject to change and minimum numbers are required.
# Registrations close two weeks after the start date. Please subscribe to the Life Now e-newsletter to be informed of future dates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer Council's Publications and Resources
Click here to view 22 different exercises that you can try at home. These videos are produced by Cancer Council NSW.
For a copy of our Exercise and Nutrition DVD or Exercise for People Living with Cancer booklet please click here
Other cancer-specific exercise programs
- Vario Cancer Survivor program - Vario Health Clinic, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup Campus
- YWCA Encore - Breast cancer rehabilitation, various locations
- Pink Crusaders - Breast cancer rehabilitation, Curtin University, Bentley
- Prost - Prostate cancer rehabilitation, various locations
- Pinc & Steel - Physiotherapist-led cancer rehabilitation, various locations
Exercise Medicine Research articles
- ESSA Consensus Statement: What is the role of accredited exercise physiologists in the treatment of cancer?
- Implementing exercise in cancer care: study protocol to evaluate a community-based exercise program for people with cancer
- Cancer-Related Fatigue: A Systematic and Meta-Analysis Review of Non-Pharmacological Therapies for Cancer Patients
- Physical Exercise in Cancer Patients During and After Medical Treatment: A Systematic Review of Randomized and Controlled Clinical trials
- Effect of Low-Intensity Physical Activity and Moderate- to High-Intensity Physical Exercise During Adjuvant Chemotherapy on Physical Fitness, Fatigue, and Chemotherapy Completion Rates: Results of the PACES Randomized Clinical Trial
- American College of Sports Medicine Roundtable on Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors