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Exercise medicine


So what do the experts think about exercise and cancer?

The evidence for just how important exercise is during cancer treatment is growing. The exerts all agree, exercise needs to be prescribed to all people with cancer as an important part of their treatment. 

Exercise is medicine

Not convinced that exercise is an important part of cancer treatment? This clip featured on ABCs Catalyst looks at the role of exercise medicine in cancer treatment and challenges some of the 'old' thinking around this area.


Exercise is one of the best ways to manage the physical and emotional side effects of cancer treatment. Our experienced staff will guide you in evidenced based exercise programs in our purpose built gym. Exercise medicine is suitable for all ages and abilities and you will be designed a program that is specific to your needs and any limitations you have.

Why should people with cancer exercise?

Exercise is good for everyone, especially people with cancer. Exercise has been show to help with the side effects of cancer and its treatment. One of the biggest side effects exercise can manage is fatigue.

Exercise is an essential part of the treatment of cancer for everyone.

What type of exercise should you do?

There is no one size fits all answer to this question. Everyone is different and in order to prescribe safe and appropriate exercise, a thorough examination is required. Factors that need to be considered include your type of cancer, any surgery you have had, your past and current treatment, your past medical history and any injuries, pains or limitations you may have.

Once all of this information is collected, an exercise medicine prescription can be designed FOR YOU.

When should you starting Exercise Medicine at Lift?

As soon as you can. When you first receive a cancer diagnosis there a huge number of appointments to attend and adding one more can feel like hard work.

Your initial visit to Lift will take 90 minutes and will allow our experienced clinicians to complete a full assessment and determine the safest way for you to access Exercise Medicine. Following this visit, an individualised exercise prescription will be designed for you. This exercise prescription will be kept at Lift and ready for you to start at your next visit.


Please ask for your treating Oncologist to fill out one of our referral forms (DOWNLOAD HERE). This will allow us to receive important information about you and will help to ensure we are providing you with the best care.

Alternatively, your Oncologist can write a letter including your current health information.

Making an appointment

To make an appointment please call Lift on (08) 7231 8000. In most cases we will be able to provide you an appointment for your initial assessment within a weeks.

Fees - Initial Assessment

Initial Visit: $95 (90 minutes)

In order to ensure you get the most from coming to Lift, you will undergo a comprehensive assessment at your first visit. At this assessment you will spend time with a Physio and a Doctor.


This can be claimed against your private health insurance (extras cover - physio). Contact your provider at quote item number 500 to find out what rebate you are eligible for.

Please ask the Lift staff for more details if you are unsure of what your out of pocket cost will be

Fees - Exercise Medicine sessions

The fees for your Exercise Medicine sessions will be discussed with you following your initial assessment. The fees will vary depending on a number of factors.

The gap for Exercise Medicine will be around $20.

You may be eligible for a discount, depending on your current treatment. Please talk to the Lift staff at your first appointment about this.

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