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Conquering cancer with exercise


Anna Macfarlane was already a believer in the value of exercise when struck down with a cancer diagnosis two years ago. But she had no idea it could help save her life.
Anna Macfarlane was already a believer in the value of exercise when struck down with a cancer diagnosis two years ago. But she had no idea it could help save her life.

Exercise during cancer treatment? Far from being a no-no, it’s been shown to dramatically improve recovery rates and the effectiveness of other treatments.

World-leading research through ECU’s Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) is unlocking the potential of exercise as medicine in the fight against cancer.

One in every two males and one in every three females in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Few know just how important exercise can be in reducing the impact of clinical interventions such as chemotherapy and radiation, preparing the body for surgery and recovering after surgery.

Anna Macfarlane became involved in ECU’s research during her treatment for breast cancer. “As a triathlete, exercise has always been an important part of my life but it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with breast cancer that I discovered it could actually save my life,” she says.

New courses

ECU will launch three new courses in 2019 that will equip healthcare professionals with the skills to deliver supervised exercise programs for people with cancer.

The courses are delivered online and students have the flexibility to choose the units that best suit their needs.

They have been designed for exercise physiologists, physiotherapists, nurses, medical doctors and other health professionals who want to specialise in exercise oncology.

In the Masters of Exercise Medicine (Oncology) there is a capstone practical component which will give students hands-on experience using the latest diagnostic and assessment equipment, as well as access to EMRI’s health clinic on the Joondalup Campus.

Visit the Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate of Exercise Medicine (Oncology) course pages to enrol or for more information about studying at ECU.

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