Building our Patient Advocate Network (PAN)

In this month’s newsletter we introduce you to the newest members of our Patient Advocate Network (PAN) in Australia.

Many of our patients come from Australia and as part of our commitment to provide ongoing holistic support for them, we are building relationships with highly experienced and qualified Allied Health Professionals that can advise and support our patients when they leave SPDT 4 LIFE and return home to their lives and loved ones.

We are proud to introduce you to Naturopath and Nutritionist Tania Flack from Bondi Health and Wellness in Sydney, NSW and the team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists at ‘Movement Against Cancer’ in Cheltenham, Victoria.

We look forward to working closely with these wonderful health professionals and know they will be of great value and support to our patients as we work together to return them to optimal health.

Building our Patient Advocate Network (PAN)

In this month’s newsletter we introduce you to the newest members of our Patient Advocate Network (PAN) in Australia.

Many of our patients come from Australia and as part of our commitment to provide ongoing holistic support for them, we are building relationships with highly experienced and qualified Allied Health Professionals that can advise and support our patients when they leave SPDT 4 LIFE and return home to their lives and loved ones.

We are proud to introduce you to Naturopath and Nutritionist Tania Flack from Bondi Health and Wellness in Sydney, NSW and the team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists at ‘Movement Against Cancer’ in Cheltenham, Victoria.

We look forward to working closely with these wonderful health professionals and know they will be of great value and support to our patients as we work together to return them to optimal health.

PAN and why this service is so important…..

SPDT 4 LIFE is committed to o staying up to date with the latest research and evidence-based science in order to provide the safest, highest level of care and greatest range of holistic treatments available anywhere for our patients.

Recent studies have shown that now more people have or will have cancer than at any other time in our history – 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime. At the same time experts are reporting that up to 90% of all cancers these days are lifestyle induced. The combination of these factors tells us – that now more than ever – our environment and lifestyle is causing us to get cancer and in many cases killing us.

The World Health Organisation and other leading health and cancer agencies list some of the causes of cancer as smoking, drinking alcohol, being obese, a sedentary lifestyle/lack of exercise, stress, lack of quality sleep, too much sun exposure and exposure to toxins – amongst other things. Yet most doctors and hospitals choose to ignore these factors and treat the cancer in isolation, with the same much maligned methods they have used for decades – chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

There is no education for the patients, no teaching them to replace these cancer-enhancing practices with cancer-fighting ones. They don’t incorporate into treatment the research that shows a cancer-fighting diet, boosting gut-health, exercise and eliminating toxins from your life can actually strengthen your immune system and help your body fight cancer. But at SPDT 4 LIFE we understand the importance of these things, so we are working feverishly to bring all of these critical components to our patients ASAP.

We have investigated the research and partnered with world leading authorities in their fields and are bringing these revolutionary practices to our patients. Our PAN will assist our patients with continuing these cancer-fighting strategies when they return home and will hopefully be the support they need to live long, happy, healthy and fulfilled lives. We are still building our PAN team as we choose carefully to work with quality and experienced colleagues.

The newest additions to our PAN team are Naturopath and Nutritionist Tania Flack and Accredited Exercise Physiologists Kate Williams and Danae Bradley from Movement Against Cancer.

Both Tania and the team from Movement Against Cancer share our ethos, vision, values and plan to bring the best possible holistic cancer treatment options to cancer patients around the world. They too keep up to date with the latest research and put into practice safe, evidence-based, cutting-edge therapies that are tailored to the individual patients.

Tania specialises in DNA and gut-microbiome testing which are a key part of the SPDT 4 LIFE individualised treatment plans. With 80% of the immune system being located in the gut, having a healthy, optimally functioning gut is critical for cancer patients. Tania is also able to advise patients on what foods they should and should not be eating. Eating the wrong foods can cause inflammation and have a negative effect on the immune system – things that cancer patients certainly need to avoid. Tania is an extremely knowledgeable and highly regarded practitioner and we are proud to welcome her to our PAN team.

SPDT 4 LIFE has been working with Professor Rob Newton from the Exercise Medicine Research Institute at Edith Cowan University in Perth to bring an Exercise Therapy Zone to our treatment centre. Whilst this program is not yet fully up and running our doctors do encourage patients to exercise in our temporary exercise area and work with their Accredited Exercise Physiologists at home to start them on a program as soon as possible.

The benefits of exercise – for everyone – are well documented but it is the new research that has been done by the likes of Professor Newton and his colleagues that is exciting for us in the oncology sector. Exercise has been shown to boost the immune system and also to stimulate muscles to produce cancer fighting chemicals. Certain types of exercise has also been shown to be better for certain types of cancer which is why an individually tailored exercise program developed by experts is so important.

Kate and Danae from Movement Against Cancer are excellent Accredited Exercise Physiologists who specialise in exercise oncology. They will be able to tailor programs for our patients and help strengthen their bodies which can be of significant benefit throughout all stages of treatment. Experts recommend that patients start on a tailored program as soon as they receive a cancer diagnosis, as the benefits to the patients can be so great. It can improve the ability to tolerate treatment, shorten recovery times, enhance quality of life and improve survival rates amongst other things.

We are extremely excited and proud to be working with Movement Against Cancer and to have them as a highly valued part of our PAN team.

Tania Flack is a leading Naturopath, with a special interest in endocrine, reproductive and metabolic health. She specialises in DNA and gut microbiome testing and designs innovative health care programs to help people achieve optimal health. She believes in an integrated approach to healthcare, including the use of evidence based natural medicine.

Based for many years in Melbourne’s Collins Street and now located in Sydney, Tania has spent many years specialising in women’s health and fertility and has completed further studies in natural fertility and preconception health care and is a qualified MAPS practitioner.

Tania’s warm, realistic approach mixed with a strong emphasis on health education and patient responsibility helps to inspire patients to be proactive about their health and make long term changes in their diet and lifestyle that will serve them in the years to come.

For more information or to contact Tania please visit www.taniaflack.com

We are proud and excited to have leading Naturopath and Nutritionist Tania Flack join our PAN team

What is Movement Against Cancer (MAC) and how can it help our patients?

The MAC program is an evidenced based exercise program designed by Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) to aid people in preparing for, currently undergoing and recovering from cancer treatment.

An AEP will provide a tailored exercise plan and treatment recommendations based on the results of the patient’s initial assessment. An individual treatment plan is customised to their needs and may include a combination of consultation types. For more information go to:
www.movementagainstcancer.com.au

Why exercise under the guidance of an AEP?

AEP’s are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries.

As trained members of the medical and health sector, AEPs possess a minimum four-year university degree that allows them to prescribe graded exercise therapy for specific populations. Whilst AEPs may provide assistance to people with a range of conditions (including diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, mental health issues and pulmonary disease) the AEPs at MAC specialise in oncology – so the patients are in very safe hands.

Kate Williams – Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Since gaining her accreditation as an AEP in 2009, Kate has established herself as a highly sought after practitioner in the industry. Her passion for helping others and experience with cancer patients has lead to the development of the Movement Against Cancer program, with a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of people diagnosed with cancer. While Kate specialises in cancer treatment and recovery, she also frequently sees patients with chronic fatigue pathologies and mental health issues. Kate places a strong emphasis on maximising her own health and wellness, and is passionate about helping others to do the same.

Danae Bradley – Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Having worked in the sport and exercise industry for over 10 years, and as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for the past 7 years, Danae has gained a wealth of experience in the industry she loves. Combining her educational and professional experiences, Danae established DNA Health Group with a mission to help others achieve optimal health and quality of life, by providing the highest level of exercise treatment available. As a professional dancer, Danae is passionate about postural correction, balance training and core stability, as well as musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management.

Why exercise under the guidance of an AEP?

AEP’s are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic disease and injuries.

As trained members of the medical and health sector, AEPs possess a minimum four-year university degree that allows them to prescribe graded exercise therapy for specific populations. Whilst AEPs may provide assistance to people with a range of conditions (including diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, mental health issues and pulmonary disease) the AEPs at MAC specialise in oncology – so the patients are in very safe hands.

Research has demonstrated that when appropriately prescribed and monitored, physical activity is a safe and effective therapy in the management of cancer Some of the benefits that can be achieved include:

  • Increased muscle strength
  • Reduced body fat
  • Increased cardiovascular fitness
  • Maintenance of bone-mineral density
  • Improved balance and mobility
  • Improved joint range of motion and flexibility
  • Reduced risk of other health issues (including heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis)
  • Reduced severity and number of side effects (such as fatigue, pain and nausea)
  • Decreased hospitalisation time • Enhanced quality of life
  • Improved survival rate
  • Enhanced immune function
  • Enhanced energy levels
  • Decreased depression and anxiety
  • Increased rate of treatment completion

STUDIES SHOW THAT SURVIVAL RATES ARE ENHANCED BY UP TO 60% IN PEOPLE WHO UNDERTAKE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED EXERCISE PROGRAMS ACROSS MULTIPLE FORMS OF CANCER

A STUDY OF 11,525 PARTICIPANTS DEMONSTRATED EXERCISE (IN COMBINATION WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY) TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN DRUG TREATMENTS IN REDUCING CANCER RELATED FATIGUE

A META-ANALYSIS OF 78 STUDIES SHOWED A MEANINGFUL INCREASE IN QUALITY OF LIFE WITH CLINICALLY GUIDED ACTIVITY WHICH REMAINED AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM