Cancer care through physiotherapy and exercise

Posted on 10 May 2022 by Mead Physio Group


Physiotherapy and exercise play an important role in cancer care. A growing amount of research shows that regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during each phase of treatment.

Physiotherapy and exercise for cancer patients can be undertaken prior to surgery, post-surgery, as well as during and after radiation and chemotherapy.

Participating in exercise and physiotherapy for cancer patients has many benefits including.

- Reduced pain

- Increased strength

- Increased bone mineral density

- Increase mobility and decrease stiffness

- Decreased cancer related fatigue

- Increase mood

- Increase appetite

- Increase aerobic capacity and lung function

- Falls prevention

- Help with incontinence

- Increased immune function

- Pelvic floor strengthening

- Increased balance

- Help with lymphedema

- Increased survival rates for those with breast, colon and prostate cancer


Exercise recommendations for cancer patients include 150mins of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise per week. Strength training should also be undertaken 2-3 times a week for all major muscle groups.

Our Mead Physio Group physiotherapists and accredited exercise physiologists are trained health professionals here to guide and prescribe appropriate programs to patients with cancer.


To start the journey with us, please call our Exercise Right + Rehab Studio (6500 1555) or physio rooms (9293 1800).

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