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Gym aids cancer recovery
The West Australian

In an Australian-first, a Perth cancer clinic will combine treatment such as chemotherapy with weightlifting and sprinting to increase the patient's chances of a cure.

Edith Cowan University has set up an exercise clinic at Genesis Care cancer clinic in Joondalup, which will allow patients to get chemotherapy and other treatment from their oncologist in one room, and then go to the next room for a work-out with an exercise physiologist.

Complete with a fully equipped gym staffed by ECU exercise physiologists, the Health and Wellness Institute clinic will allow patients to include tailored exercise programs as part of their cancertreatment.

ECU senior research fellow Prue Cormie said the revolutionary "exercise prescriptions" were built on the university's world-leading research into the benefits of exercise for cancer patients.

"Research suggests cancer patients who participate in appropriate exercise benefit from a 40 per cent reduction in the risk of cancer returning and a 20 to 60 per cent reduction in the risk of dying from the disease," she said.

Director of cancer services Raphael Chee said "prescribed exercise" meant patients did specific sets of exercise depending on their cancer diagnosis and treatment.