Cancer patients on the Fylde coast will be able to benefit from a new exercise programme which is being launched week commencing Monday 25 August 2014.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has successfully secured 12 months of funding from Macmillan Cancer Support to pilot the scheme.

Each eligible patient will benefit from a personally tailored 14-week exercise programme devised by specialist cancer rehabilitation instructors at Fylde Coast YMCA.

There are many benefits of becoming more active before, during and after cancer treatment. Exercise can:

  • Reduce tiredness
  • Relieve pain and improve flexibility
  • Reduce the risk of cancer recurring
  • Improve mood and quality of life
  • Improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoporosis
  • Help to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve general fitness

Exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous. Gentle physical activity such as; gardening, walking, and yoga can have significant benefits.

Dr Adam Janjua, a Fleetwood GP and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG’s clinical cancer lead, said: “Research has shown that regular physical activity has a key role in cancer survival and reducing the risk of cancer returning. We want to support patients to remain active and stay healthy. An individualised exercise programme which suits each patient’s particular needs is an excellent way to do that. It is great that we have been able to secure this funding and proactively take steps to benefit cancer patients.”

During treatment for cancer, an assessment will be carried out to determine whether it is appropriate for a patient to start an exercise programme when their treatment finishes. If it is, a YMCA instructor will work with the patient to plan a regime that best fits their daily routine or lifestyle.  The programme will be offered to all appropriate and consenting patients aged over 18 who are registered with a GP in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre. It will initially be available to colorectal and breast cancer patients before being rolled out to other cancer specialties.

Cancer accounts for 28 per cent of all deaths in Fylde and Wyre; this increases to 40 per cent for people aged over 75.  Cancer services have been identified as one of the CCG’s priorities in its 2030 Vision for Health and Care.