14 May 2020

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) has the ability to assist patients in the prevention, management and treatment of chronic and complex conditions through specific exercise programming.

Our Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Ashley Bigaran, has considerable experience as a strength and conditioning coach as well as in the field of exercise oncology. She uses exercise medicine to manage and prevent the side effects of cancer treatment.


Ashley Bigaran is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who is currently completing her PhD in Exercise Oncology at Australian Catholic University investigating novel methods of identifying and preventing cardiovascular disease in men with prostate cancer receiving hormone therapy. She is also a senior lecturer and leads the postgraduate cardiovascular, metabolic and oncology curriculum for the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree program at Australian Catholic University.

Ashley has considerable experience as an AEP and a Strength & Conditioning Coach. Her passion and field of expertise is exercise oncology and the prevention of cancer therapy-related side effects, in particular cardiovascular disease. She is one of few clinical leads with a specific expertise in the cardiovascular side effects of cancer therapy and consults Australia-wide.
Read her full bio here.

Want to know more about her work and research in this field outside the Clinic:

Exercise gives heart to cancer patients: https://www.baker.edu.au/news/in-the-media/exercise-prostate-cancer
Exercise protects heart from chemo: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/exercise-protects-heart-from-chemo-study
Could exercising during cancer offer an unforeseen benefit? https://baker.edu.au/news/in-the-media/breast-cancer-exercise-benefit
Exercise protects heart from chemo: https://www.baker.edu.au/news/in-the-media/Exercise-protects-heart-from-chemo


If you're currently receiving cancer treatment or care for someone with cancer, seeking exercise physiology services could be beneficial.
Please call us on 9481 5744 with any questions or to make an appointment.


Additional Reading:
“Cancer patients who exercise regularly experience fewer and less severe side effects from treatments. They also have a lower relative risk of cancer recurrence and a lower relative risk of dying from their cancer.”

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