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TPM #11: Exercising immediately before and after treatment with Jacquie Azizi

October 3, 2017




The benefits of exercise following a breast cancer diagnosis are well known. However there’s now further research that suggests exercising immediately before or immediately after treatment can in fact assist the chemotherapy drugs in doing their work. In this episode we chat with Jacquie Azizi who shares with us the science behind this research, and the success she’s had personally with patients doing this.




Jacquie Azizi encapsulates a holistic approach to Fitness with over 20 years of industry experience both nationally and internationally.

The founder of Personally Inspired Fitness in Balmain Sydney, Jacquie is a qualified and registered exercise professional with Fitness Australia. She holds certificates in Massage Therapy, Spiritual Healing, Metaphysics, Pilates and Menopause.

With a keen interest in cancer and exercise Jacquie also recently obtained her certification in Cancer and Exercise from Edith Cowan University in Perth. This, coupled with her background as a Scientific Officer in Pathology brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to allow Jacquie to deliver the highest quality service to her clients. Jacquei’s work in this space featured on ABC’s Catalyst program in May 2016, which I’m sure many of you watched.

Jacquie believes that exercise is medicine and should be a part of everyone’s day.




  • HOW exercising immediately before and after treatment can assist the chemotherapy drugs in doing their work.

  • RESEARCH behind exercising immediately before and after treatment

  • WHY you should get moving




Why exercise immediately before or after treatment?

Getting the chemotherapy drugs into the tumour is often difficult because the tumour has poor bloody supply.

Exercising immediately before or after chemotherapy increases and assists the blood flow, encouraging the chemotherapy drugs to get into the tumour, where they’re most needed.

So this exercise provides a surge of adrenalin, influencing the circulation of blood into the tumour, targeting the cancer cells.


How can we do this?

Exercise must be prescribed on an individual basis. Consideration factors include are age, activity levels, diagnosis and stage.

However the general recommendation is;


  • AEROBIC: 30-minutes of moderate physical activity, five times a week. So 150 minutes of aerobic physical activity a week. This gives that adrenalin release.

  • STRENGTH: The strength training three times a week. That brings the muscles into things.

  • FLEXIBILITY: Required following many surgeries to increase range of motion and movement.


NOTE: This is general advice. Please see a qualified professional before undertaking any form of exercise.


What’s the time frame on exercising before or after treatment?

Whilst this is an individual thing, it can be done the morning of treatment, the morning after treatment, or days either side.


Did you know?

The side effects of chemo diminish the fitter you get!


Why would you do this?

It’s one of the few things you can do for yourself, to help drive your own therapy.


Who can you work with?

Find an exercise physiologist: https://www.essa.org.au/find-aep/

Find a trainer with qualifications in cancer and exercise: http://fitness.org.au/directory/reps/1
Find a Pinc Physiotherapist: http://www.pincandsteel.com/our-physios/find-a-physio/



“When in doubt, exercise!”




Watch the ABC Catalyst Program on Cancer & Exercise: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4459555.htm




Web: https://www.pifitness.com.au/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jacquiepifitness/

Email: jacquie@pifitness.com.au





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