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CancerSmart™ Rehab

CancerSmart™ Rehab


We are excited to introduce our new cancer exercise program designed for those who are dealing with cancer and symptoms related to cancer treatment.

The CancerSmart Rehab program was developed by the Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation as a result of extensive research proving that physical activity can help cancer patients engaged in treatment and recovery. Anyone with cancer is welcome to enrol into our program to experience some of the following benefits:

  • Improved cancer survival
  • Reduced side effects from treatments
  • Improved bone health
  • Better sleep
  • Improved appetite
  • Regulated bowel movements
  • Reduced anxiety and depression
  • Improved immune system
  • Improved physical function
  • Reduced fatigue
  • More strength
  • Better able to tolerate treatment

When you begin your program at Yonge Street CancerSmart Rehab, you’ll be introduced to specialized cancer rehabilitation experts and physiotherapists that will assess and develop a customized medical exercise plan. You’ll be provided with unique exercises that have been specifically designed to help cancer recovery and you’ll also become a part of an incredible group of people and support system.

Research conducted with patients with prostate, breast and colorectal cancers has proven exercise therapy is beneficial after, during and before all stages of cancer treatment. Exercise is an important therapy in the recovery process for all cancer patients.

Exercise Therapy Can Help:

  • Decrease the risk of reoccurrence
  • Manage symptoms like fatigue, nausea and pain
  • Reduce chances of treatment interruption
  • Improve quality of life

Preparing For Treatment

  • Side effects and symptoms of treatment can be reduced with regular exercise
  • Exercise is now considered to be an important tool to help you get prepared for treatment

Before The Treatment Starts

An improved fitness level with therapeutic exercise can help better prepare a patient for the upcoming treatments by offering:

  • Better ability to tolerate treatments
  • Treatment complications are reduced
  • Less hospitalization time
  • Easier to carry on with difficult treatments
  • Higher level of strength even after prolonged bed rest
  • Recovery times are shorter

During Treatment

Activity during treatment can help with the following:

  • Fatigue reduced
  • Physical function improved
  • Immune system improved
  • Anxiety or depression reduced
  • Bowel movements regulated
  • Appetite improved
  • Sleep improved
  • Bone health improved

After The Treatment

In order to get the most out of the recovery phase, rehabilitative exercises should be maintained in order to see these benefits:

  • Better physical functioning
  • Improved survival
  • Less fatigue
  • Less side effects that are treatment-related
  • Better bone density
  • Less risk of co-morbidities
  • Strengthened immune system

The Research Is Crystal-Clear

Exercise should be viewed as an important tool in the cancer recuperation process.

  • Through exercise, men experience less fatigue if they have prostate cancer and women that have breast cancer have reported decreased nausea.
  • According to the latest research, mortality can decrease for patients suffering from colorectal cancer that is non-metastatic in nature and can lower mortality in women that have cancerous breast tumors that are hormone-responsive.
  • Exercise can help a person to better be able to cope with stress or anxiety while building up fitness level.
  • Through exercise the patient can increase their strength and muscle mass, increase their functional capacity and improve the mineral density in their bones. Exercise also decreases the amount of fat on the body and improves the body composition.
  • Exercise can help improve a person’s mood, give them a better overall quality of life and help one feel more in control.
  • Exercise can be an important part of preparing for treatment.
  • Side effects can be reduced through exercise as can treatment symptoms.
  • Exercise has been recognized as a very important tool to be used for self-care following treatments.

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For further information about Yonge Street CancerSmart Rehab in North York & Thornhill please contact us at (905) 695-3080 or at