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Friday, 30 September 2011
Dr Prue Cormie and Health and Wellness Institute Director Associate Professor Daniel Galvão supervise client's exercises
Prue Cormie from the ECU Health and Wellness Institute has been awarded the prestigious Cancer Council of Western Australia Post Doctoral Research Fellowship. Dr Cormie has been awarded $225,000 in salary support over 3 years commencing in 2012. The fellowship will focus on the application of exercise as medicine for the management of cancer. For cancer patients and survivors exercise has a profound, positive impact on all aspects of life. Immediate beneficial effects include decreased fatigue and feelings of depression and anxiety, as well as increased functional performance and quality of life. Exercise also offers significant long term benefits including a 20-60% reduction in the risk of cancer recurrence and death. The impact is so great that guidelines now recommend all cancer patients and survivors avoid inactivity. However, further research is required to determine the safest and most effective types of exercise to counteract the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. This is especially important considering the large variety of cancer types, disease stages and the therapies involved with its treatment. Dr Cormie’s research aims to reduce the disease burden of cancer and enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors through exercise.