Free exercise programme for patients with incurable cancer
28 August 2019
Living with incurable cancer is often associated with increasing fatigue and other symptoms making everyday living more exhausting. Often people who have previously been very active are no longer able to maintain their activity.
The Macmillan Information Centre at Southend University Hospital
is launching Active Thursdays, a new exercise programme for
patients living with incurable cancer. It's being run in
partnership with Havens Hospice and the class is run by their
physiotherapist Jenna Venables.
Jenna explained the importance of such exercise: "Exercise is
very beneficial for cancer patients, but patients with incurable
disease are often too fatigued or worried to join general exercise
classes. This programme will offer a class which is tailored to the
participants' energy level with a health professional who
understands their medical and physical limitations and needs.
"I am passionate about enabling people to increase their
activity levels and confidence, and improve their sense of
wellbeing. I am hoping the class will give people the confidence to
access exercise and increase their activity once they know that
they can do this safely. I'm really looking forward to
starting these new classes, and it's great to be working with
Fred Englund,Macmillan Information Manager at Southend
University Hospital, said: "We know from patients who attend our
other exercise classes that these classes can become too demanding
for some patients living with incurable disease. Nevertheless, it
remains very important to continue to exercise and maintain
physical strength and conditioning.
"This can help to maintain both physical and emotional
wellbeing, reduce stress, improve pain and range of movement as
well as contribute to a good night's sleep. So, we hope an exercise
programme specifically tailored to meet the needs of this patient
group will make a significant difference."
The Macmillan Information Centre offers a range of other
exercise classes and activities for those with cancer, you can
follow them on Facebook at Southend Macmillan Information and
The free sessions begin on Thursday 12 September at 11am and are
offered as a six week course. To find out more and to book a place,
please contact the Macmillan Information Centre on 01702 385101 and
ask to speak to a nurse.