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.
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 Caregivers
Yoga for Strength and Empowerment
Yoga for Resilience in Challenging Times
Restorative Yoga for Peace
Relieving Stress Through Tai Chi Yoga
Wellness Walks Together - In-Person
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.