Forward Your Thinking

Help us educate patients about the role and importance of exercise in cancer treatment, and prescribe life.

Scientific studies consistently demonstrate the unprecedented benefits of exercise throughout the cancer care continuum. There are many published articles supporting the benefits of incorporating exercise into the cancer treatment paradigm. The Cancer Foundation for Life® is collaborating on a research project with the University of Texas at Tyler, Baylor Research Center, and Texas Oncology-Tyler. The Foundation’s contribution to research is defining how the academic recommendations of exercise benefits patients in a community environment.

Exercising during and following cancer treatment may achieve the following benefits:

  • Improved survival of up to 50%
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Mitigation of chemotherapy side effects
  • Improved sensitivity of the cancer tumor to chemotherapy
  • Less depression with improved self esteem
  • Improved brain function with reduced dementia
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Reduced morbidity and mortality from co-existing diseases (hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, Parkinson’s etc.)
  • Improved bone and muscle mass
  • Enhances the patient immune system in the same pathways as targeted therapy

Basic Fundamentals of the FitSteps program:

  1. All patients are physician referred
  2. All patients are eligible
  3. Supervised by Cancer Exercise Trainers certified by the American College of Sports Medicine
  4. Provided free for the lifetime of the patient