cancer and exercise
exercise during cancer treatment

FitSteps for Life® (FitSteps) is the pioneer and leader in cancer exercise treatment; prescribing individualized and structured exercise treatment specifically for cancer patients. It is the only known community-based program that is provided free for the lifetime of the patient. Clinical Exercise Specialists work directly with each patient to prescribe appropriate exercises based on their diagnosis and physical capabilities.  Exercise prescriptions include aerobic exercise, resistance training, and core strengthening, along with upper and lower body stretching techniques. Monitoring of metrics during exercise (pulse oximetry, blood pressure, heart rate, heart rate recovery, RPE) ensures a safe environment for patients.

Program Fundamentals:

  • Patient must be referred by a physician
  • All adult patients are eligible, regardless of:
    • Type or stage of cancer
    • The degree of disability including wheelchair or oxygen dependency
    • Position in the cancer care continuum (prehabilitation, during or following treatment and palliation)
    • Presence of any combination or complexity of co-morbid conditions
  • The program is supervised by FitSteps Clinical Managers who are certified Cancer Exercise Trainers through the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Provided FREE for the LIFETIME of the patient

Additional FitSteps services:

  • Home exercise programs
  • Ambulatory equipment training
  • Gait and transfer training
  • Balance and stability training
  • Patient education
  • Caregiver instruction
  • Nutrition recommendations
  • For breast cancer patients:
    • Postsurgical mobilization
    • Range of motion management
    • Lymph-edema management

View our Patient FAQ’s for any other questions about the FitSteps program.