Seymour Health physiotherapist Sally Littlewood will help run a Cancer Council Victoria program for people affected by cancer.

CANCER-AFFECTED people living in Seymour and surrounding areas will have access to a free eight-week survivorship education, exercise and wellness program starting next month through Seymour Health.

Cancer Council Victoria’s cancer wellness and exercise program will provide people who have completed their cancer treatment with one-hour group fitness sessions delivered by experienced exercise physiologists, followed by a short education session each week.

Cancer Council Victoria head of cancer information and support services Katherine Lane said the program provided invaluable support and information for people recovering from cancer.

“We often hear that cancer patients can have trouble adjusting to life after their treatment ends,” she said.

“The reality is physically and emotionally complex and finding a ‘new normal’ can be incredibly challenging.”

Ms Lane said research showed exercise rehabilitation programs helped cancer survivors manage pain, reduce fatigue and improve their quality of life.

“This program will provide people affected by cancer with everything they need to get back into exercise and to deal with changes in their lives at home and at work,” she said.

Cancer Council Victoria figures estimated that nearly 150,000 people in Australia were diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

The program at Seymour Health and will assist participants to: increase their strength and fitness; improve their ability to perform daily tasks; learn to cope with life post-treatment; and connect with others.

A previous participant said the program gave them the energy to complete day-to-day tasks.

“It showed me concrete things I can do to help myself. I’m grateful to have these kinds of programs for patients,” they said.

Another participant said: the program was ‘a great benefit to both my physical and mental wellbeing. It increased my fitness and positive outlook’.

To register or receive more information, people can contact Seymour Health physiotherapist Sally Littlewood on 5735 8050 or sally.littlewood@seymourhealth.org.au.