Living well

The following links provide information on ways you can look after your health and wellbeing following cancer treatment. You should always speak to your doctor before commencing an exercise program to be sure you choose exercises that are safe for your situation.

Life after treatment
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS)
This page discusses the meaning of ‘cancer survivor’, expectations and adjusting to a ‘new normal’. At the bottom of the page are links to the booklet, ‘Living well after cancer’ listed below.

Living well after cancer
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2021)
This booklet focuses on life after cancer treatment, when many people find themselves unsure of how to move on with their lives. It provides advice on emotional, physical, practical, spiritual and social challenges faced at this time.
  (92-page booklet – PDF and hard copy )

On the road to recovery
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2014)
This booklet covers information on a range of challenges faced by people following treatment for cancer, including staying healthy and dealing with fear of recurrence. It is available in 9 languages – Arabic, English, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
  (booklet – PDF and hard copies available from Cancer Council)

Fear of recurrence
Ella Sexton/Counterpart (AUS, 2022)
Ella Sexton, a psychologist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses factors that can heighten these worries, strategies to reduce them and how to get support.

Shrink your worries!
Lynda Evans/Counterpart (AUS, 2020)
Social worker Lynda Evans provides practical strategies for managing worries.

Fear of recurrence
Ovarian Cancer Australia (AUS, 2018)
This webinar  recording provides information on fear of recurrence for women with ovarian cancer including why women are fearful, types of fears and feeling uncertain about the future. It will also provide some advice for managing fears.

Counterpart exercise programs – on hold due to COVID
Counterpart (VIC)
Counterpart runs gentle exercise programs specifically for women who have experienced breast or gynaecological cancer. Stepping Into Wellness is a six-week program held in a range of outer Melbourne locations. Feel Good is an ongoing, fortnightly program held in a Melbourne CBD gym. Both programs are free of charge.

Exercise basics
Natalie Craven/Counterpart (AUS, 2020)
Exercise physiologist Natalie Craven explains the benefits of exercising during and after a cancer diagnosis. Includes a short exercise routine. This session was recorded as part of an online Wellbeing Day run by Counterpart in conjunction with Northern Health.

Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2019)
This page explains why exercise is important during and following cancer treatment.  It explains the physical effects that might affect your ability to exercise and includes a list of questions you might ask your doctor before beginning a program. Buttons at the top of the page link to the booklet, ‘Exercise for people living with cancer’ listed below.

Exercise for people living with cancer
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2019)
Clearly-written explanation of the importance of exercise during and after cancer treatment. Provides tips on exercise preparation, examples of exercises, and where to go for more information and support. Note that you should always speak to your doctor before commencing an exercise program to be sure you choose exercises that are safe for your situation.
  (56-page booklet in PDF or hard copy)

Older, fitter, stronger
Libby Oldfield/Counterpart (AUS, 2019)
Physiotherapist Libby Oldfield outlines the steps we can take, beginning right now, to improve our health and fitness into the future. Recorded at Counterpart Resource Centre, Melbourne, on 25 February 2019.

Gut microbiome
Sandra Villella/Counterpart (AUS, 2021)
Naturopath Sandra Villella speaks about the gut microbiome, and the impact of this on our digestive and general health. She explains how to nourish and restore the gut microbiota.

Healthy eating after cancer
Bree Voegt/Counterpart (AUS, 2021)
After a cancer diagnosis many women want to make sure they are eating well. However, it can be hard to sift through all the conflicting advice and fads to find good advice on this topic. Clinical Dietitian Bree Voegt outlines the guidelines for a healthy diet applicable to everyone.

Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2016)
Brief web page with advice on healthy eating. Buttons at the top of the page link to the booklet, ‘Nutrition and cancer’ described below, as well as the Healthy Living After Cancer program.

Nutrition and cancer
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2019)
This booklet explains nutrition, and provides advice on managing side effects that affect eating, and nutrition concerns. Includes ideas for recipes and snacks, as well as where to go for more information and support.
  (68-page booklet – PDF or hard copy)

Sleep and cancer
Oliver Holmes/Counterpart (AUS, 2021)
Many people with cancer have sleep problems. Dr Oliver Holmes from Peter MacCallum’s ‘Can-Sleep’ service explains what we can do to improve sleep.

Last Updated: 13 June, 2023 4:15 pm