Encore in Armidale – Post Breast Cancer Recovery

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Register Now for Encore in Armidale. The Exercise Program Provides Best Results for Recovery Post Breast Cancer Surgery





Register now for the new term of the 2012 YWCA NSW Encore Program, an innovative and inspiring approach to recovery from breast cancer surgery. It’s a proven exercise program offered free in Armidale by YWCA NSW.

The YWCA Encore Program is a gentle exercise program for those who have had breast cancer surgery, and it meets the physical needs and supports the wellbeing of women after the trauma of surgery in a nurturing and supportive environment. It can help whether your surgery was a few months ago, or 20 years ago.

A new study published in December 2011 in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship by University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing researchers highlighted the benefits of exercise for women who have experienced breast cancer, including those who develop lymphoedema, swelling that commonly occurs after breast cancer treatment. Lymphoedema can occur any time after cancer treatment and is usually caused by the removal or radiation of lymph nodes as part of the treatment process.

The Encore Program was created to improve movement, flexibility and strength after breast cancer surgery. It helps to reduce the potential risk of lymphoedema and can assist in the management of lymphoedema.

The incidence of breast cancer in Australia, published by the Federal Government’s Cancer Australia in June 2011, showed that the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia increased from 5,291 in 1982 to 12,567 in 2007, but NSW has one of the lower incidence rates, with ACT being the highest and Northern Territory the lowest.

The YWCA Encore Program starts in Armidale Wednesday, 15 February 2012. It will run for eight (8) weeks until 4 April 2012 each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm.

Because medical clearance is required, it’s important to register as soon as possible in order to secure a place at least two weeks prior to the class beginning, because the classes are small and intimate – so places fill up quickly.

Register by calling (02) 9285 6264 (Sydney) or 1800 305 150. Participation is free – just enrol.

The 8-week program (two hours per week) incorporates gentle floor and hydrotherapy exercises and is a perfect opportunity for relaxation and information-sharing among women with similar experiences. Studies have shown that exercise programs for most people who have experienced cancer in general can reduce anxiety and depression, improve mood, boost self-esteem and reduce symptoms of fatigue.

In NSW, YWCA Encore is funded by NSW Health.

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