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Free exercise programme for patients with incurable cancer

28 August 2019

Health Care

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 Southend Hospital."

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 Support.

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.