Living life beyond Cancer

A four phase program adapted to all types of cancer

Phases of Cancer Rehabilitation


This phase is for individuals who are currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy. The goal of Phase 1 is to reduce some of the debilitating impacts of chemotherapy and radiation. Clients remain in this phase for as long as their cancer treatment lasts.


Phase 2 is for individuals moving on from Phase 1, or for clients who are post-treatment. If you have had surgical, hormonal or immunotherapy treatment, you can enter straight away into Phase 2. Here, we will begin to incorporate activities of daily living into the exercise prescription. This phase will last approximately 3 months.


Graduating from Phase 2, we move clients on to Phase 3. Now focusing on the main forms of function, including heart and lung health, muscular strength, balance and flexibility. Improving overall quality of life and returning to a normal (pre-cancer) state of health will be the goal of Phase 3, as well as appropriate reintegration into the community. This program lasts approximately 3 months.


The final phase of Cancer Rehabilitation focuses on building up stamina, strength and motivation to continue activities within your community including group classes and open gym training (if appropriate). Focusing on maintaining an active lifestyle to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and the development or deterioration of other chronic issues.

Your health and medical status will be assessed throughout each phase and it is possible to return to an earlier phase, if needed.

Why is exercise important for cancer patients?

When it comes to exercise, WillKin understands the potential concerns of individuals living with, or who have lived with, cancer. When your health and desire to move is compromised, participating in physical activity and exercise may seem counterproductive, especially if you are living with fatigue from treatment, or struggling with your psychological well-being during this difficult time.

However, we want you to know that there is abundant scientific evidence showing the benefits of exercise for people living with cancers of all types.

These benefits include improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, flexibility, body composition, quality of life, and psychological well-being. Researchers and physicians now understand the importance of remaining active before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis and its treatments. The WillKin team prioritizes our patient and we want to see (and help) you take advantage of the physical, physiological, and emotional benefits that exercise can bring.

Exercising during cancer treatment

Exercise during treatment for cancer, whether it be chemotherapy or radiation-based, is possible and deemed safe! In fact, research shows that various types of exercise during treatment can improve cardiorespiratory fitness, psychological well-being, and potentially lessen some of the side effects of treatment.

Working with a WillKin team member during this time will allow you to recognize and understand any barriers you may face and develop the confidence to exercise within your abilities.

We can share research articles and discuss with you. Ultimately, we aim to help you maintain your strength and, to the best of your ability, continue carrying out your tasks of daily living during this time.

Topics covered over phases of the Cancer Rehabilitation exercise program

  • Posture training
  • Energy conservation
  • Breaking the fatigue cycle
  • Restful sleep
  • Stretching and relaxation (breathing techniques)
  • Nutrition & cancer (The Healthy Plate)
  • Stability
  • Fall prevention
  • Proprioception and neuropathy
  • Coordination and balance
  • Positive thinking
  • Functional training for household chores
  • Long-term goal setting
  • How to maintain a routine

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COVID-19: In response to the pandemic, WillKin has adapted the delivery of its services by now offering all of its programs remotely.