Cancer Council Queensland is seeking Brisbane cancer survivors to take part in a world-first research project in 2017, investigating whether peer-support can assist with exercise maintenance and health after a cancer diagnosis.
Those who wish to contribute to the study can do so either as a peer support volunteer or as a participant. Both roles involve being a part of a supportive exercise program over a 12-month period.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift encouraged locals affected by breast, bowel or prostate cancer to get involved to make a difference.
“Research plays a key role in advancing cancer care in Queensland and aims to reduce the burden of the disease on those affected,” Ms Clift said.
“This is a great opportunity for those who want to help motivate recent cancer survivors to improve their health – and at the same time you’ll also improve your own health and wellbeing.
“The project will help to vastly improve the long-term health outcomes of cancer survivors and will help to inform the development of a customised program.
“We know that physical activity after cancer treatment can improve quality of life and wellbeing, along with reducing treatment-related side-effects.
“Current evidence also shows that physical activity reduces the risk of cancer recurrence.”
While the value of contribution to this study will be high, the time commitment is less than two hours each week. Exercise will mostly be performed on specially designed stationary bikes.
Participants are required to commit to the duration of the study and will receive assessment sessions after five weeks, three months, six months and 12 months.
“Everyone who takes part will be given a free 12-month gym membership at Healthstream Fitness Centre, Kelvin Grove. Additional benefits include regular assessment of fitness level, body composition, bone density and cardiovascular health, and exercise guidance from an accredited exercise physiologist,” Ms Clift said.
“A supportive team will also be on hand to give practical advice and tips on staying motivated that will benefit you long after the study ends.”
For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit cancerqld.org.au.
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