Program world-class

The university�s Health and Wellness Institute co-directors Rob Newton and Daniel Galvao, clinical exercise physiologist Favil Singh and research co-ordinator Cailyn Rogers joined patients at an informal morning tea recently.

They brought New York�s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre (MSKCC) exercise-oncology research program director Lee Jones to see the practical aspects of the Shenton House clinic firsthand.

�The exercise medicine program at ECU and Genesis CancerCare is world-class and quite unique,� Prof Jones said.

�I am very impressed with the facilities, personnel, innovative patient support programs and research being perused.�

Professor Newton said much of the Joondalup exercise clinic�s success was giving patients access to a gym where they had their treatment.

�If they were to come and have their chemotherapy and then had to drive even 1km down the road and find another park, most of them said they wouldn�t do it,� he said.

Prof Newton said the program helped ease patients� side effects from their chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

�They find that they�re not as nauseous and they don�t have as much fatigue,� he said.

Joondalup�s Ryan Verge, who finished treatment for pancreatic cancer in November, said Genesis had become as much a social hub as a medical hub because of the program.

Mr Verge said he had now returned to full-time work as a teacher, which could often take two years post-treatment.

�Anyone who is going through chemo should think about doing it. I had radiation as well and that went really smoothly and I think the exercise had a part in that,� he said.

He said he still caught up with the other patients he had exercised with.

Kingsley resident Natalie Matthews is receiving six months of chemotherapy fighting triple negative breast cancer, with which she was diagnosed in February.

She said the exercise had been good for her fitness and hoped it would help with her recovery from a forthcoming operation.

�I think it�s been good mentally as well, just to get your head in a good place,� she said.

Quinns Rocks resident John Maxfield, who is one of the oldest participants at 82, said he enjoyed the program and that it had improved his walking.

Dr Singh, who assesses the patients, said he looked at changes in strength, aerobic fitness and body composition.