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Research Projects

We are on a mission to revolutionize cancer care by making exercise a part of standard oncology care. Our vision is to optimize the use of exercise in cancer management and recovery. Through our research projects, we explore various aspects such as:

  • Prehabilitation

  • Recovery

  • Reducing treatment side-effects

  • Survival

Additionally, we focus on the adoption and maintenance of exercise across the cancer continuum, aiming to create sustainability within the community.

Join us in our pursuit of enhancing the physical well-being of individuals affected by cancer through the power of exercise.

Not sure which program is for you? Contact us for more information and guidance.  

Select one of the following to view a study you may be a candidate for:
 

Recently Diagnosed with:

Would Like to Exercise:

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What is ACCESS?

ACCESS is an 8- to 12-week exercise program designed to lessen the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment(s) on the health and well-being of individuals with the disease.

What is the purpose of the study?

The primary purpose of this project is to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a clinic -to-community-based cancer and exercise model of care. 

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Have had a diagnosis of cancer;

  • Be 18 years of age or older; and 

  • Reside in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

What will I be asked to do if I decide to participate?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will undergo a screening and fitness assessment to determine the most suitable exercise program for you. Exercise programming will occur twice per week for an 8 to 12 week period. The exercise program will be tailored to your individual needs and goals. At the end of the exercise program, you will be asked to complete another assessment.

What is the purpose of the study? 

The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits of a 4+ week pre-surgical exercise program for individuals with advanced ovarian cancer. 

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 18 years of age and older;

  • Are scheduled to receive surgery;

  • Have a minimum of 4 weeks between starting the study and your surgery date; and

  • Have oncologist approval to participate.

What is RESIST?

RESIST is a 12 -week exercise program  designed to decrease fatigue, muscle loss and improve overall strength for individuals living with a type of brain tumour called glioblastoma.

What is the purpose of the study?

The primary purpose of this project is to explore the role of a tailored circuit-based resistance (i.e., strength) training program on an individual's ability to carry out tasks of daily living, muscle strength and endurance, and quality of life for glioblastoma patients on active treatment.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;

  • Have been diagnosed with a brain tumor known as glioblastoma;

  • Are scheduled to receive radiation and Temozolomide chemotherapy; 

  • Have received any dose of dexamethasone (steroid); and

  • Are willing and able to engage in a tailored exercise program.

What will I be asked to do if I decide to participate?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will undergo an assessment before and after the 12-week exercise program. Following the assessment, you will be randomly placed in the exercise or non-exercise group. Those placed in the exercise group will complete an in-person exercise program for 3 to 6 weeks, and then a home-based exercise program for an additional 6 to 9 weeks - for a total of 12-weeks. Exercises will occur 3 to 4 times per week for 30-minutes each session. Those placed in the non-exercise group will be asked to maintain their usual activity during the study, and will have the option of receiving a 12-week home-based, virtual, or in-person exercise program after completing your second assessment. 

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What is MIBC?

MIBC is a 12 -week exercise program  designed to reduce treatment-related side effects, diminish depression, improve quality of life daily function for individuals living with muscle invasive bladder cancer.

What is the purpose of the study?

The primary purpose of this project is to explore the feasibility and efficacy of a 12-week home-based exercise program in individuals with muscle invasive bladder cancer.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;

  • Have a diagnosis of muscle invasive bladder cancer; and 

  • Are scheduled to receive chemotherapy and surgical removal of the bladder.

What will I be asked to do if I decide to participate?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will undergo a screening and fitness assessment before and after the 12-week exercise program. Following the assessment, you will be randomly placed in the exercise or non-exercise group. Those placed in the exercise group will complete a 12 week exercise program either on line or in-person. Those placed in the non-exercise group will be asked to maintain their usual activity. After 12 weeks, you will be asked to complete a second assessment. For those placed in the non-exercise group, you will have the option of receiving a 12-week home-based, virtual, or in-person exercise program after completing your second assessment. 

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What is EXACT 2.0?

EXACT 2.0 is a 24-week home-based exercise program for women with breast cancer designed to prevent heart damage caused by chemotherapy.

What is the purpose of the study?

The primary purpose of this project is investigate if aerobic exercise improves heart health in women newly diagnosed with breast cancer and who are receiving anthracycline-based chemotherapy.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older;

  • Newly diagnosed with breast cancer; and

  • Be scheduled to receive anthracycline-based chemotherapy.

What will I be asked to do if I decide to participate?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will undergo an exercise test, blood draw, heart ultrasound (echocardiogram), and complete a survey. Then, you will be randomly placed in an exercise group or a non-exercise group. If you are in the exercise group, you will be provided with a 24-week home aerobic-exercise program tailored to your needs. You will have the option of doing any type of aerobic activity you enjoy (e.g., walking, swimming, cycling). A research team member will check-in with you every week to guide you through your program. If you are in the non-exercise group, you will be asked to maintain your usual activities. At the end of the program, you will be asked to complete another assessment.

What is EXCEL?

EXCEL is a 12 -week exercise program  designed to reduce treatment-related side effects, diminish depression, improve quality of life, and improve daily function. 

What is the purpose of the study?

The primary purpose of this project is to implement exercise programs for all Canadians living with and beyond cancer in rural and remote areas.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for this study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older; and

  • Have had a diagnosis of cancer within the past three years; and

  • Live anywhere within the Atlantic Provinces. (Contact us for options outside of Atlantic Canada)

What will I be asked to do if I decide to participate?

If you agree to take part in the study, you will undergo a screening and complete a survey and a fitness assessment before beginning a 12-week exercise program. Fitness assessments will take approximately 30 minutes and will be assessed either in-person or online. Exercise programming will occur twice per week for a 12 week period in a class based setting (online or in-person). The exercise program will include aerobic, balance, strength, and flexibility training. You will complete a second fitness assessment and survey following the completion of the 12-week exercise program.

Cancer is a disease where both the patients and family/friends are confronted by considerable physical and mental health stressors. 

What is the purpose of the study?

This study will assess the feasibility and acceptability of a partner-based, 12-week exercise intervention. We will also explore the potential benefits of a partner-based exercise program has on caregiver burden and the health of both the caregiver and care recipient. 

Am I eligible? 

Cancer Patients must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older; 

  • Have a cancer diagnosis;

  • Scheduled to begin treatment, are receiving treatment, or are within 3 months of treatment completion; and 

  • Can identify a primary caregiver willing to participate.

Informal Caregivers must:​

  • Be currently providing physical and or/psychological support to an adult (+18 years) patient living with cancer;

  • Have not been diagnosed or treated for cancer in the past year; and 

  • Are not grieving the recent (past 12 months) loss of a care recipient.

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