Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

A little drug called exercise changing cancer care

Prue Cormie is a woman on a mission. A mission, backed by fierce determination and steely passion, to improve the lives of millions of cancer patients around the world by turning cancer care on its head.

Attitudes to treating cancer, what it takes to give people their best chance at survival and improve their quality of life are changing thanks to the work of Associate Professor Cormie and her team at ACU’s Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research.

Gone are the days of gently cocooning cancer patients in cotton wool – when rest and relaxation was an essential and endorsed part of care.

A little drug called exercise – generic name: physical activity – has kicked that old-fashioned idea to the kerb as it continues to deliver incredible results, reduce nasty treatment side-effects and improve people’s overall feeling of wellbeing.

Also known by other brand names such as walking, jogging, swimming and lifting weights, prescribed exercise is giving back quality of life to many who saw no hope in cancer’s ravage and destruction.

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