Exercise for Cancer Patients

Staying active and exercising can have a huge impact on the overall well-being of patients with cancer and survivors. Exercise improves brain health, sleep quality, concentration and alertness. It also releases “feel good” hormones and combats cancer treatment fatigue.

An exercise physiologist can help you develop a cancer and exercise plan specific for you and your needs. They’ll also keep you motivated to move through the different stages of your cancer journey. One-on-one appointments, group gatherings, in-person classes and online videos are available.

Who needs exercise oncology services?

Studies show that exercise is safe before, during and after treatment for most people with cancer.

Exercise oncology services are helpful for people who:

  • Are currently going through cancer treatment
  • Completed cancer treatment
  • Had surgery for cancer

Benefits of an Exercise Program

Proactively Lower Cancer Risk

Multiple research studies suggest a link between regular exercise and cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society recommends all adults get at least 150 minutes of intentional aerobic activity each week. This is in addition to daily activities, like taking the stairs or doing housework.

Being regularly active can also promote healthy weight, which can lower your cancer risk.

Improve Recovery from Cancer Treatment

For many survivors, going through cancer treatment can be the wake-up call they need to take charge of their health.

Some of the benefits of exercise during and after treatment include:

  • Reduced side effects of cancer treatment
  • Increased and maintained bone density
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved quality of life
  • More control over health
  • More energy to do the things you love

What to Expect

Exercising during and after cancer treatment can help in many ways – from gaining range of motion after surgery or treatment to reducing risk of recurrence.

Some of the things you can expect to work on include:

  • Creating a survivorship wellness plan
  • Expanding range of motion lost during treatment or surgery
  • Building strength
  • Regaining balance, especially to reduce fall risk
  • Conserving energy and minimizing fatigue

Get Started

With the collaboration and approval of your oncology care team, we want to help you start your fitness journey.

If you would like to learn about exercise classes and services in your area, please reach out to a member of your oncology care team.

If you would like to exercise from the comfort of your home, check out these exercise videos specifically designed for cancer survivors.


There is no cost for receiving exercise services.


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