The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a new set of guidelines which highlight the importance of exercise in combatting the effects of cancer treatment and improving survival rates.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) supports Palliative Care Australia’s call for a more accessible multidisciplinary team approach to caring for people with life limiting or terminal illnesses, so they can live as fully and comfortably as possible with care that matches the needs and preferences of individuals and their families
Early access to specialist lymphedema physiotherapy treatment should be funded by the government, according to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, who joined the Australian Lymphology Association in calling for change.
Lymphoedema is the accumulation of fluid in the body which causes uncomfortable swelling, impaired mobility and recurrent infections. It most frequently affects the arms and legs, but can also be present in the groin, head and neck regions.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has joined the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) in calling for federal government funding for the estimated one in 6,000 Australians living with lymphoedema from birth. Additionally, 20 per cent of cancer patients will develop the condition as a result of treatment.
Imagine if there was a cancer therapy that could reduce treatment side effects, improve response, boost mood and energy, and increase survival times, and was indicated for all forms of cancer. According to a recent position statement from the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA), there is. The statement says everyone diagnosed with cancer should have exercise added to their management, for the duration of treatment.
In the lead up to National Palliative Care Week, May 20-26, the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) is highlighting the important role physiotherapists play in treating and supporting patients and their families living with life limiting illnesses.