It is well known that performing regular exercise can prevent cancer. Exercise can also be used to improve how well a person responds to a cancer treatment and help reduce the side-effects (e.g., pain, fatigue) associated with treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation, chemotherapy). Exercise also is beneficial for cancer survivors in that it can improve physical function and mental well- being. However, many cancer patients/survivors do not know how beneficial exercise can be. Furthermore, due to a lack of resources and exercise expertise, physicians rarely prescribe exercise as part of the cancer treatment or recovery care plan. As a result, most cancer patients/survivors are not active enough to realize the many benefits associated with exercise.
The aim of this study is to offer and deliver exercise programs across clinical and community-based settings that are tailored to the unique needs of cancer patients/survivors and evaluate how these programs work throughout the cancer journey.