Why weight training:

Current scientific results show specific and targeted exercise treatment can boost chemotherapy and positive outcomes considerably. Recent landmark studiesΦ have reported undertaking exercise during chemotherapy treatment can:

  • Increase blood flow so more chemotherapy agents can reach the cancer tumour.
  • Boost the immune system’s “natural killer cells” by 30%, which can potentially destroy tumour cells.
  • Encourage muscles to release a chemical (interleukin 6) that seeks out tumours, tells them to shut down and informs natural killer cells what to target.
  • Make patients feel better, less depressed, have more energy and experience fewer side effects.

Side Effects >

Treatments for cancer can have significant detrimental effects on the human body with side-effects including:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle Wastage
  • Loss of Bone Density
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Weight Loss/Gain
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Loss of Range of Motion/Function
  • Loss of Quality of Life



These complications can often leave patients so deconditioned when the treatment is finished, returning to normal life can be extremely complicated. Current research show that exercise prescription has significant benefits for the recovery and quality of life of patients during and after treatment.


References >

Why Exercise?

  • Improves mood
  • Improves energy levels
  • Helps you cope with stress, anxiety & depression
  • Reduces cancer related fatigue
  • Improves heart and
  • cardiovascular health
  • Improves range and motion
  • Weight maintenance (achieve a healthy weight)
  • Maintains muscle mass
  • Improves pelvic floor
  • Regulates and/or increases bone density
  • Improves hormonal regulation
  • Improves balance
  • Reduces the risk of cancer reoccurrence
  • Faster post-operative recovery
  • Improved quality of life throughout treatment

For example, see:

Buffart, L. M. et al. (2014). Evidence-based physical activity guidelines for cancer survivors: Current guidelines, knowledge gaps and future research directions. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 40(2), 327–340;


Hayes, S. C. et al. (2009). Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science position stand: Optimising cancer outcomes through exercise. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 12 (4), 428–434.


Casla, S. Lopez-Tarruella, S., Jerez, Y., Marquez-Rodas, I., Galvao, D., Newton, R., Cubedo, R., Calvo, I., Sampedro, J., Barakat, R., Martin, M. (2015). Supervised physical exercise improves VO2max, quality of life, and health in early stage breast cancer patients: A randomized controlled trial. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 153(2), 371–382. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-015-3541-x.



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