A number of exercise programs exist specifically for cancer patients who want to rehabilitate and get in shape.
Exercise programs that meet the needs of cancer patients are emerging throughout the country. Listed below are some exercise programs that range in focus from individualized training and therapy to group exercise and support. Some programs help cancer patients of all ages, while others target the needs of an older population. Patients should consult their physician, nurse, or social worker for a local program that fits their specific needs.
Addressing Cancer Through Individualized Exercise (ACTIVE) in Seattle
Cancer Foundation For Life in Tyler, Texas, and Dallas
Cancer Well-fit Program in Santa Barbara, California
Duke Center for Living’s cancer exercise program in Durham, North Carolina
Ho’ola Cancer Exercise Wellness Program in Kailua, Hawaii
Mount Carmel Breast Cancer Exercise Program in Columbus, Ohio
Moving on Aerobics in New York City
Summit Cancer Solutions in Denver
Triumph Fitness Program in Sacramento, California
Presbyterian Cancer Center's Strides to Strength program in Charlotte, North Carolina
Other resources include local gyms, YMCA, YWCA, and community- or hospital-based programs. For patients interested in one-on-one training, the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org, 800-227-2345) recently provided a grant to the American College of Sports Medicine (www.acsm.org, 317-637-9200) to develop a certification for health and fitness instructors who work with cancer patients. The process is being tested now and should be available this summer, according to the ACS.