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Exercise and cancer

The next frontier in cancer treatment

There is growing research evidence that exercise before, during and after cancer treatment can improve the effectiveness of other treatments, increase long-term survival, and lower the chance of cancer coming back. In direct contrast to the old adage “rest up”, cancer patients are now being advised to follow a personalised cancer exercise rehabilitation plan to help the body prepare for, and recover from cancer treatment.

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Watch our film: Exercise and Cancer

Our new short film, ‘Exercise and Cancer’, features interviews with patients and experts, highlighting the first-hand impact of exercise for people with cancer and presenting the evidence behind its link to cancer survival.

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Yorkshire, exercise and cancer - in numbers


of people surveyed in Yorkshire said their healthcare team did not discuss exercise with them following their diagnosis.

4 in 10

people surveyed said they would not have taken part in a specialised exercise programme had they been offered it.

Exercise and cancer - people in Yorkshire

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