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The National Cancer Survivorship initiative suggest that people living with and beyond cancer should have access to physical activity interventions. Positive benefits of activity intervention have been found to alleviate side-effects associated with chemotherapy such as

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Body image 
  • Quality of life. 

In patients with cancer long term the increase in activity had beneficial effects on quality of life and independence as their physical abilities increased. They also reported improved psychological and social well-being. As a result of the positive evidence the National Cancer Rehabilitation Advisory Board and National Cancer Action Team in England wholly support the development and implementation of rehabilitation programmes.

To deliver the Cancer Rehabilitation through Exercise programme we work closely with our specially trained Personal Fitness Instructor at the Cambridge Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre. Guided by our Oncology Manager the Personal Fitness Instructor will assess the patients need for exercise intervention and a care plan will be created.

Here's what one of our patients said:

“When I was asked if I would like to attend the Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym I jumped at the chance. Since I was diagnosed, my walking had got more painful. Hannah started me on different exercises to strengthen my core, which I do each day at home. These really help and on my last holiday I was able to walk 5 miles which I hadn't done for months. Walking is a huge part of our lives and holidays are centred around them, so I had been missing out by not walking as far as my husband and dog. Going to the centre at first was a bit daunting, and I wasn't sure how I'd feel surrounded by fit, well people, but I don't feel like a cancer patient there. Going to the Gym has not only improved my fitness, posture and stamina, it's also improved my mental wellbeing. We still have work to do, but the improvement I’ve had so far is tremendous and I am so grateful that I had the chance to attend these sessions and do the exercises at home or when needed on a walk. Hannah being linked to the nurses on oncology is also like a safety net which I wouldn't have had if I'd gone to a physiotherapist.”

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