What is

EX-MED Cancer?

A best-practice exercise medicine program for people with cancer.

EX-MED Cancer is a

not-for-profit health service 

EX-MED Cancer:​​

  • is a safe and effective program specifically designed for people with cancer

  • counteracts the adverse effects of cancer and its treatment

  • involves an individualised exercise medicine program delivered by experienced exercise physiologists in local fitness centres

  • enhances physical and mental wellbeing and delivers profound improvement to the lives of people with cancer

  • is based on the latest scientific research

  • is an Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC)   registered not-for-profit organisation  

  • is designed and administered by international leaders in the field of exercise and cancer research and practice


Why should people with cancer exercise?

If the effects of exercise could be encapsulated in a pill it would be prescribed to every person with cancer. Even if this pill had just a fraction of the positive health benefits exercise provides it would be viewed as a miracle drug in the fight against cancer

  • Years of scientific research has established exercise as an invaluable medicine in the management of cancer. Evidence based guidelines recommend all people with cancer exercise regularly to help tolerate and recover from cancer treatments.

  • Research shows that people with cancer who exercise regularly have a lower relative risk of dying from cancer, a lower relative risk of cancer recurrence and they experience fewer and/or less severe treatment-related adverse effects.

Why exercise?

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Learn about the impact of exercise for people with cancer through the EX-MED Cancer education programs 

Research involving people with cancer shows that exercising regularly can: 

improve your health and wellbeing

reduce the severity of anxiety and depression

increase your energy levels and reduce fatigue

improve your lung function

improve your strength and build your muscle

help maintain your physical function and make everyday activities easier to do

improve your state of mind and relieve stress

improve your heart function and reduce the risk of heart disease,  diabetes,  osteoporosis and other forms of cancer 

improve your social function

improve the strength of your bones and function of your joints

improve your balance and reduce the risk of falls

improve your quality of life


How do

I get involved?

There are a number of ways to get involved with EX-MED Cancer:


Interested in participating in EX-MED Cancer? Register your interest to receive a phone call from the EX-MED Cancer team.


Health professionals from all backgrounds are encouraged to refer their patients.


Discover the scientific evidence behind the EX-MED Cancer program through our education programs. These programs are tailored to people with cancer, the cancer care team, general practitioners and exercise specialists. 



Help more people with cancer access the EX-MED Cancer program and realise the benefits of exercise medicine by making a donation.