How exercise helps people with cancer to thrive
 Apr 5, 2023

How exercise helps people with cancer to thrive

Exercise is one of the many ways that the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre is helping people with cancer to thrive and experience a higher quality of life.  

At the ONJ Centre, exercise is integrated into wellness programs and treatments to help patients maintain strength and energy during and after treatment. This not only improves their physical health, but also positively impacts their mental health and overall quality of life. 

Senior Physiotherapists at the ONJ Centre, Clare O’Donell and Kristen Capron, worked on an educational video titled ‘VidEx’, which promotes and endorses exercise throughout the course of cancer treatment. Kristen says, “exercise helps people do the things that they enjoy in life and live their best life regardless of having a cancer diagnosis”. 

Medical Oncologist, Dr Belinda Yeo says, “exercise in the setting of a diagnosis of cancer improves your survival and anything we can do that not only helps the patient live better but live longer is important”. 

Watch the VidEx video

Watch the VidEx video below and hear from our health professionals at the ONJ Centre on how exercise can keep you motivated and help people with a cancer diagnosis to tolerate chemotherapy better. It's never too late to start exercising to improve your fitness levels and health. 


Exercise programs at the ONJ Centre can be delivered either in person on Level 5 of the ONJ Centre Gym, or via video-delivered telehealth. Alternatively, our exercise professionals can refer you to a local exercise physiologist or physiotherapist service with similar specialist expertise closer to home.    

If you’d like to get in contact and learn more about a referral to the Exercise@ONJ Team, please contact 03 9496 3799 or