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Post blood and marrow transplant (BMT), a combination of physical changes, medication, bed rest and sleep problems can lead to a sense of fatigue, loss of strength and reduced quality of life.

To help manage such issues the ‘Living Well BMT Rehabilitation Program’ is now being offered at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The program will run four times per year for eight sessions over eight weeks, with before and after assessments to track your progress.

The management team includes the following health practitioners:

These experienced health practitioners provide support and evidence based advice, within their respective fields, to assist you throughout the program.

Some of the topics that may be covered over the eight weeks include:

  • Dealing with fatigue post-transplant
  • Cancer treatment side effects
  • Activity pacing
  • Research around lifestyle intervention for cancer recovery
  • Increasing lost muscle mass with diet and exercise changes
  • Stress management
  • Food supplements and myths
  • Practical meal preparation
  • Returning to work and social activities
  • Sleep
  • Healthy eating guidelines
  • Developing a home exercise program
  • Reading food labels
  • Benefits of resistance training

When should you enrol for your rehabilitation program?

This program is developed as an intensive rehab program, and as such, is best commenced at a stage post BMT when you feel you will be able to commit to undertaking the full program and attending the majority of sessions. You will need approval from your specialist before starting.

Why is the program beneficial?

As Stephen Larsen, BMT Specialist, says: “Going through a transplant is difficult and this does not stop after discharge from hospital. Fatigue is a very common complaint and can take many months to recover from. With regular visits to the hospital for check ups, side effects from taking multiple medications and with modification of diet, it can take a long time to get back to a ‘normal’ life. With the BMT Rehabilitation Program, we offer the opportunity for patients to undergo an eight-week focused program that can help them through this process.”

How to enrol:

If you are interested in the program, talk to your BMT specialist, BMT or Haematology follow-up nurse/CNC or call the LivingRoom on 8514 0038 for more information.

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