There is firm evidence that improving the physical and psychological fitness of individuals with cancer BEFORE treatment, as well as during and after, leads to better surgical and clinical outcomes.
SafeFit is a new free remote service to support people with a suspicion or confirmed diagnosis of cancer to maintain and improve their physical and mental health and well-being.
The programme has been developed in response to the current pandemic, when normal ‘prehabilitation’ services, exercise initiatives and dietetic clinics are unavailable. It has been designed by University Hospital Southampton with input and support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Macmillan and CanRehab Trust.
Patients self-refer to the service. Participants initially receive 1-3 sessions per week for one month, once weekly sessions for a further two months and then once monthly contacts for a further three months. The criteria for qualification are:
• Suspicion of or confirmed diagnosis of cancer
• Adults aged over 18 years old
• Willing to work towards changing physical activity and diet and towards improving overall well-being
• Willing to commit some time to work with a cancer exercise specialist
• Willing to commit to a number of sessions as agreed between the patient and their cancer exercise specialist.
The participant can read details of SafeFit and self-refer at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support/get-help/physical-help/safefit
Published: Aug 6, 2020