Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to effective survivor's self-management of long-term and late effects of cancer and its treatment2. This module promotes wellness to improve physical and psychological well-being, reduced risks of side-effects or late effects of treatment, enhanced self-esteem, reduced risk of recurrence, and improve survival.

  • Outline evidence to support lifestyle and behavioural changes to promote wellness in cancer survivors
  • Identify the role of employment in survivors wellbeing
Cancer Supportive Care

Promoting wellness learning activity

Cancer Supportive Care

Promoting wellness quiz

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  2. Davies NJ, Thomas R, Batehup L. Advising Cancer Survivors about Lifestyle. A selective review of the evidence. Macmillan Cancer Support; 2010.

  3. Lotfi-Jam K, Schofield P, Jefford M. What constitutes ideal survivorship care? . Cancer Forum. 2009;33(3):171-4.

  4. Pollack LA, Adamache W, Blythe Ryerson A, Eheman CR, Richardson LC. Care of long-term cancer survivors: physicians seen by medicare enrollees surviving longer than 5 years. Cancer 2009;115(22):5284-95.

  5. Siegel R, DeSantis C, Virgo K, Stein K, Mariotto A, Smith T, et al. Cancer treatment and survivorship statistics, 2012. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2012;62(4):220-41.

  6. Hayes SC, Spence RR, Galvao DA, Newton RU. Australian Association for Exercise and Sport Science position stand: Optimising cancer outcomes through exercise. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 2009;12:428-34.

  7. Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Exercise and cancer.  2011; Available from:

  8. Toles M, Demark-Wahnefried W. Nutrition and the Cancer Survivor: Evidence to Guide Oncology Nursing Practice. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2008;24(3):171-9.

  9. World Cancer Research Fund / American Institute for Cancer Research. Food, nutrition, physical activity, and the prevention of cancer: a global perspective. Washington DC: AICR; 2007.

  10. de Moor JS, Elder K, Emmons KM. Smoking Prevention and Cessation Interventions for Cancer Survivors. Seminars in Oncology Nursing. 2008;24(3):180-92.

  11. Parsons A, Daley A, Begh R, Aveyard P. Influence of smoking cessation after diagnosis of early stage lung cancer on prognosis: sysmtematic review of observational studies with meta-analysis. BMJ. 2010;340:b5569.

  12. Cancer Council NSW. Understanding Complementary Therapies. NSW: The Cancer Council NSW; 2012. Available from:

  13. deBoer AGEM, Taskila T, Ojajarvi A, van Dijk FJH, Verbeek JHAM. Cancer survivors and unemployment a meta-analysis and meta-regression. JAMA. 2009;301(7):753-62.

  14. Maunsell E, Drolet M, Brisson J, Brisson C, Masse G, Deschenes L. Work situation after breast cancer: Results from a population-based study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2004;90(24):1813-22.

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  17. Macmillan Cancer Support. Thinking positiviely about work. Delivering work support and vocational rehabilitation for people with cancer. Evaluation of the National Cancer Survivorhsip Initiative (NCSI) Work and Finance Workstream Vocational Rehabiliation Project.2012.

  18. Exercise & Sports Science Australia. Prostate Cancer.  2011; Available from:….


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