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Exercise Classes and Consults for Cancer Patients and Survivors

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  • Dana-Farber's exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell offers exercise consults to cancer patients and survivors.Dana-Farber's exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell offers exercise consults to cancer patients and survivors.

    Exercise holds benefits for everyone, and a growing number of studies show that cancer patients in particular can gain valuable benefits from regular exercise. Research shows that regular exercise interspersed with periods of rest can help:

    • strengthen muscles and bones
    • reduce the risk of cancer recurrence
    • improve sleep patterns
    • help maintain a healthy weight
    • reduce fatigue and raise energy levels
    • improve mood and reduce anxiety

    Studies also suggest that cancer survivors who exercise regularly may feel better, have less fatigue, and experience fewer symptoms after treatment compared to those who do not get regular exercise.

    Through Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program, exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, MS, offers two no-cost options for patients and survivors looking to start an exercise program or modify an existing routine.

    Exercise Consults

    Cancer patients and survivors can meet with Dana-Farber's exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, who can answer fitness-related questions and provide personalized exercise tips. Consults are available for men or women with any cancer diagnosis. To schedule an appointment for an exercise consult, call the adult survivorship program at 617-632-4523.

    Women’s Exercise Class

    Adult female cancer patients and survivors of all skill levels are welcome to attend a no-cost fitness class held twice a week and led by Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell. Held Tuesdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., the class includes a mix of strength training, stretching, and core muscle work. No experience is necessary, but registration is required and patients in active treatment need a medical clearance from their physician. To register for the class, call the Adult Survivorship Program at 617-632-4523.

    Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about the benefits of exercise classes at Dana-Farber.


  • In this video, Jennifer Ligibel, MD, describes the benefits of exercise for survivors and explains some issues to be aware of before starting an exercise program.

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