Gym work lifts East Fremantle resident’s spirits


Andrew Hickson works out watched by Carolyn McIntyre.  Picture: Robin Kornet
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Andrew Hickson works out watched by Carolyn McIntyre. Picture: Robin Kornet         www.communitypix.com.au d456285

A NEW program using exercise to improve the lives of people living with mesothelioma has changed East Fremantle’s Andrew Hickson for the better.

The program, run by Edith Cowan University researcher Carolyn McIntyre with the help of a Cancer Council WA grant, is using exercise intervention to ease the side effects patients can experience from treatment.

Mr Hickson, who takes part in the program at Murdoch University Gym, said he does weightlifting, stretching and bike sessions.

“I’d never been to a gym before so I was sceptical at the start but I’ve become fully involved and I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

Dr McIntyre said the exercise program looked to reduce difficulties with immobility, breathlessness and muscle-wasting patients with mesothelioma often experience.

“We’re hoping that a tailored exercise program will help participants maintain their ability to actively engage in their life by improving their strength,” she said.

Researchers are looking to recruit 30 patients for the program, which is also held at ECU Joondalup and Mt Lawley and UWA.

For more information call 6304 3987 or visit www.cancerwa.asn.au.