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.

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

Living well after cancer
Cancer Council Australia (AUS, 2015)
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 )

Healthy Living After Cancer program
Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2017)
Personalised diet and exercise program offering free telephone-based health coaching from experienced cancer nurses. Available to people over 18 who have completed cancer treatment. See website to find out if you’re eligible to take part.

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
Ovarian Cancer Australia (AUS, 2018)
Although this webinar is aimed at women with ovarian cancer, it is also relevant to women diagnosed with other types of cancer. This webinar features clinical psychologist Dr Maria Ftanou, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation, and Ms Jan Antony, who was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer.They discuss some common fears of people who have finished cancer treatment and provide advice on managing those fears. (Scroll down the Ovarian Cancer Australia webinar page to find this webinar.)

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

Counterpart exercise programs
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.

Cancer Council Victoria (AUS, 2016)
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, 2016)
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)

Why wait for wellness: Exercise physiologist
Cancer Survival Guide (AUS, 2020)
In episode 2 of this podcast, Accredited Exercise Physiologist Tracey Duggan explains how exercise can help counteract many negative side effects of cancer and its treatment.

Exercise and cancer
Genia Barmakov and Issy Lees-Trinca (AUS, 2015)
This ebook discusses the benefits of exercise during all stages of cancer treatment. It discusses the types of exercise that might be suitable, who to speak to for advice before beginning a program. 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.
  (ebook – PDF)

Exercise during and after cancer treatment
Genia Barmakov and Isabella Trinca/ Counterpart(AUS, 2015)
This presentation explains the benefits of exercise and discusses what to do when starting an exercise program after a cancer diagnosis. The presenters are physiotherapists who work in cancer rehabilitation and research into women’s cancers and exercise.

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.

Why wait for wellness: Dietitian
Cancer Survival Guide (AUS, 2020)
In episode 1 of this podcast, Dietitian Amy Smith discusses the role of diet in helping you thrive during cancer treatment and beyond.

Dietary choices after cancer
Dr Maree Brinkman/ Counterpart (AUS, 2017)
Dr Maree Brinkman gave this presentation at Counterpart in 2017. She discusses the evidence relating to diet and cancer, the role of supplements, foods to avoid, dietary myths and misinformation, and how a dietitian can help.

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, 2016)
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)

Sleeping soundly
Justine Diggens/Counterpart (AUS, 2019)
Psychologist Justine Diggens gave this presentation in Melbourne in June 2019. She explains practical strategies to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Last Updated: 15 June, 2021 12:47 pm