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2017 Research Updates

I thought we would kick off the year by looking back and collating all the exciting research that has been happening in the world of exercise as a medicine for cancer.


Lots of exciting developments occurred in 2017, and more recently ESSA (Exercise and Sports Science Australia) and CEPA (Clinical Exercise Physiology Association), have announced their joint collaboration of the universal Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology. This journal is the only global journal that focuses on clinical exercise physiology.

You can read more about it here

We will continue to post relevant scientific papers as they become available.


The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia holds a conference each year where various health professionals, including Medical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, and of course Exercise Physiologist present the latest research over a variety of topics. A summary of the 2017 conference and highlights of the conference, written by Dr Prue Cormie, can be viewed here

A position statement will also be shortly released by COSA, which will include a summary of the available evidence. It is currently being finalised.


The Cancer Council has a myriad of helpful resources, including position statements on a variety of relevant topics. The statements have been reviewed by various supporting medical and scientific bodies, including the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia. You can find information relating to alcohol, breast cancer, prostate cancer, nutrition and physical activity, oral contraceptives and supportive care. Head to


Our mission at Moving Beyond Cancer is to put all this wonderful research and scientific knowledge into clinical practice. If you have any questions for us about specifically how exercise can benefit you, please do not hesitate to ask.

Happ Exercising 


Welcome to 2018

Happy New Year Everyone!


Kelly and I wish to thank you all again for your continued support over 2017, and for welcoming Kelly to the Moving Beyond Cancer family. She tells me (and I’m sure you can tell from all her stories) she has been enjoying living in Melbourne so much, she might just have to stay for another year or so (hooray!)


For those of you who have returned to the group classes, welcome back, and of those of you still enjoying your summer break, we look forward to seeing you again soon!


We hope that whatever stage of life or treatment you are in, you were able to find joy and share a laugh with the wonderful people in your life. 


We know it’s a bit mushy, but its valuable to be reminded of the important things in life. Love, friendship, laughter, good food and of course exercise.


We look forward to continuing to work with you throughout 2018. Please continue to chat to us and let us know how we can help. Whether its finding the right shoes, gym equipment, sports bras, massage therapist, yoga class or progressing your home program; if its something we can’t provide, we are more than happy to point you in the right direction. We have provided a summary of the new research that emerged in 2017 and will be continuing to update our 'Latest Research' page as new evidence is published, please check back for the latest edits.


Our mission is to empower people with a cancer diagnosis to safely exercise throughout the cancer continuum and we look forward to continuing to live by this throughout 2018 and beyond.


Thank you again for your support.



Do you suffer from cramps?

Hello everyone!

One topic that comes up frequently in our group classes is cramps; Why do they happen? What causes them? Can I stop them from happening? How do I relax a cramp that wakes me up in the middle of the night?

I have done some research for you all and have put together a fact sheet to answer all these questions.

Feel free to chat to me if you would like any further information.

Happy exercising!



What is a cramp?

-       Uncontrollable and painful spasm of the muscle

-       Calf and foot muscles are particularly prone

-       Can last from a few seconds to a few minutes, generally resolving by itself

What causes cramps?

-       Exact cause is unknown

-       Risk factors may include

o   Poor physical conditioning

o   Tight muscles

o   Dehydration, mineral and electrolyte imbalances

o   Some medications, such as potassium-sparing or thiazidelike diuretics and inhaled long-acting Beta2-agonists (1)

Are cramps dangerous?

-       Usually harmless, although can be a symptom of an underlying medical disorder

-       Regular or severe cramping lasting longer then a few minutes should be investigated by your      doctor

How do I decrease my risk of experiencing cramps?

-       Stretch your muscles (2) – Nightly stretching before bed can decrease occurrence and intensity of nocturnal cramps

o   Calves

o   Hamstrings

o   Quadriceps

-       Warm Up and Cool down effectively when you exercise

-       Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water before, during and after you exercise

-       There is weak evidence to suggest Vitamin B supplementation may be beneficial

-       There is only anecdotal evidence suggests magnesium may be effective in the treatment of leg cramps and is well tolerated in therapeutic doses, except in renal impairment. There is currently no statistically significant evidence to suggest magnesium will assist with leg cramps in older populations. Magnesium for muscle cramps (3,4)

How do I relieve a cramp when it happens?

-       Stretch the muscle that is experiencing the cramp

-       Massage the muscle to help it relax

-       An ice pack will help release strong persistent cramps

Have further questions?

-       Further information can be found at

-       Discuss any concerns with your GP


1 – Garrison SR, Dormuth CR, Morrow RL, Carney GA, Khan KM. (2011) Noctural Leg Cramps and Prescription Use That Precedes Them. Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(2):120-126.

2 - Hallegraeff JM, van der Schans CP, de Ruiter R, de Greef MHG (2012) Stretching before sleep reduces the frequency and severity of nocturnal leg cramps in older adults; a randomised trial. Journal of Physiotherapy 58: 17-22

3 - Shane L Scahill BPharm, MMgt, (2013) Magnesium for Muscle Cramps. J PRIM HEALTH CARE 2013;5(3):253

4 – Garrison SR, Birminhmag CL, Koehler BE, McCollom RA, Khan KM (2011) The Effect of Magnesium Infusion on Rest Cramps: Randomized Controlled Trial. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2011 June;66A(6):661–666



Welcome Kelly Vibert to the MBC team!

We are so excited to welcome Kelly to the Moving Beyond Cancer team. Kelly is coming to us from Western Australia where she worked with the team at Edith Cowan University producing all the excellent research in exercise oncology.

She has worked with a variety of cancer diagnoses including prostate, breast, lung, mesothelioma, pancreatic, bone metastasis and high grade glioma.

She is keen to participate in fundraising walks and looks forward to getting you involved. Being new to Victoria and a lover of food, coffee, wine and adventures, she is excited to hear your recommendations.

Please email Kelly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. smiley

Welcome Sarah Newton from Peter MacCallum

I am so excited to welcome Accredited Exercise Physiologist Sarah Newton from Peter Mccallum Cancer Centre to our Moving Beyond Cancer Camberwell practice.

Sarah brings with her a wealth of oncology knowledge and a gentle and friendly approach.

Sarah and I will be working closely together to further enhance our collective knowledge and exercise physiology service.

Sarah will be consulting on Mondays for assessments and one on one sessions as well as running the Monday Prostate Cancer exercise group and Breast Cancer exercise group.

Please phone the clinic on 8823 8307 if you would like to make an appointment or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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