Program Goals

Exercise decreases the stress on the heart and blood vessels, enhancing the ability of the heart and lungs to distribute oxygen efficiently to the working tissues in spite of cancer and cancer treatment damage.  Studies conducted at the Rocky Mountain Cancer Research Institute demonstrated remarkable improvements in functional capacity, resting heart rate, time on treadmill, forced vital capacity and range of motion.  Furthermore, associated reductions were noted in perception of fatigue and depression, following six-month exercise interventions in cancer patients compared to non-exercise cancer patient controls.

 

 

The short-term goals for the Cancer Exercise Wellness Program consist of the following:

  • Build strength through increased muscle mass development

  • Regain cardiovascular endurance

  • Improve flexibility

  • Recover functional ability

  • Reduce severity of therapy side effects

  • Prevent unwanted weight changes

  • Improve energy level

  • Enhance self-esteem

The program's long term goals are to:

  • Assist participants in creating their own individualized physical fitness program

  • Encourage a continued healthy lifestyle with exercise as a central component to recovery and life