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Research shows that exercise is safe during cancer treatment and can help with cancer-related side effects such as fatigue, unwanted weight changes, loss of strength, trouble sleeping and anxiety/depression. Physical activity can also play an important role in the prevention of recurrence of cancer in survivors. The American Cancer Society Guidelines recommend cancer survivors aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week and strength training exercises 2 times a week.

Wellness Programs

The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center offers a variety of wellness programs to support patients from diagnosis, through treatment and life after treatment. Programs offered free-of-charge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wellness classes are currently being offered online via Zoom. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness Programs & Classes and class descriptions, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678. 

Exercise Programs for Patients, Survivors and Caregiversundefined
Gentle Yoga
Yoga for Strength and Empowerment
Yoga for Resilience in Challenging Times
Restorative Yoga for Peace
Relieving Stress Through Tai Chi Yoga
Active Stretching
Wellness Walks Together - In-Person

Materials at the Resource Library

These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website


Exercise for cancer patients: Mayo Clinic Radio - 8:20 minutes

On the Mayo Clinic Radio podcast, Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, shares new exercise guidelines for cancer patients.


American Cancer Society - Exercise and Treatment - 4:25 minutes

American Cancer Society Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, tells us that not only can it be safe to exercise during and after treatment, it's recommended -- with proper guidance.


Cancer Support Community Los Angeles - Exercise and Cancer with Diana Garrett and Carole Kishi - 45:13 minutes

Physical Therapists Diana Garrett and Carole Kishi as they discuss the benefits of exercise, where to start, and how to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle.

Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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