HUNDREDS of people in Salford fighting or recovering from cancer are being helped back to full fitness through an NHS exercise programme hailed as “brilliant” by participants.
More than 750 people in Salford have already been referred to CAN-Move, but patients Lilian Crossley and Janice Cheshire are encouraging more people to take part and benefit from the positive results of being active and reducing the chances of cancer returning or progressing.
Funded by Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the CAN-Move 12-week tailored exercise programme helps reduce long-term side effects of cancer treatment such as fatigue, weight loss and mental wellbeing through physical activity.
Lilian Crossley said: “CAN-Move is brilliant. The classes help you socialise with other people as well as helping to improve your health. It’s really given me my confidence back.”
CAN-Move hosts fitness classes such as low intensity circuit training, supervised gym sessions, dancing and cycling where patients can work alone or in a group. Personal trainers at Salford Community Leisure play a vital role in the CAN-Move scheme, implementing the physical activity into patients’ daily routines.
Janice Cheshire said, “We’re so lucky to have the CAN-Move programme here in Salford, it’s such a great scheme. The class makes you feel energised and less fatigued. The instructors are fantastic and create such a welcoming atmosphere. I was the least likely person to join the gym but now I have joined, I really enjoy it.”
Dr Steven Elliot, Salford CCG Clinical Lead for cancer said: “I’m so proud the CAN Move programme is playing such an effective role in supporting people to recover from cancer.
“At Salford CCG we are working closely with partners to support local people who have experienced cancer and the CAN Move programme is one of the great successes of our drive. We want to ensure people recovering from cancer get the support they need. That’s where CAN Move comes in with the support of their amazing trainers and their physical activity classes.
“There are so many opportunities for anyone recovering from cancer to attend a class near them and I would really encourage anyone who has completed cancer treatment to join.”
Tess Harrison, Active Lifestyles Trainer for the Can-Move Programme said: “There really is a need for a programme like CAN move. More and more people are living beyond cancer but are left with the long-term effects after their treatment. Also, research has shown that exercise can reduce the risk of some cancers returning and can lower the risk of early prostate cancers developing”.
CAN-Move is available to anyone living in Salford who has had a diagnosis of any cancer. Referrals to the programme can be made by cancer nurse specialists at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, GPs and practice nurses at any one of the 45 Salford practices and self-referrals. Find out more information HERE.
For more information on CAN Move and how to be referred contact Kirsty Rowlinson on 0161 778 0540 or Kirsty.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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