How exercise helps
Research shows our bodies do better when we move. Our appetites improve—and so does our digestion. Sleep comes easier and lasts longer. It's the most proven remedy for fatigue. Even our moods and energy levels improve. Exercise can also reduce the risk of recurrence and protect you against some forms of cancer. Learn more about the incredible benefits of exercise:
- Being Active When you have Cancer (PDF), Exercise is Medicine
- Exercise as Part of Cancer Treatment, Harvard
- Exercise During Cancer Treatment, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
- Exercise During and After Cancer Treatment, Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Physical Activity and Cancer, National Cancer Institute
Before, during and after cancer treatment, it matters that you are physically active. It doesn't matter what you do. The important thing is to get started. Here are some resources that can help you.
Classes and programs
Dartmouth Cancer Center
Explore a diverse range of Dartmouth Cancer Center exercise classes, programs, and resources.
- Dartmouth Cancer Center program calendar: The calendar includes support groups, classes and workshops.
- Pam's Exercise Class: Pam's Class is an online exercise class for women with cancer or upper body lymphedema.
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics
Services that may be available through Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinics to help you with your recovery include:
- Rehabilitation Medicine team: Occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists on our Rehabilitation Medicine team can help.
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Program: If you have concerns about starting an exercise program, talk to your provider. We may be able to refer you to our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.
During and after treatment
Explore a comprehensive range of options for exercise in survivorship throughout our local region and online.
- Cancer Recovery on Water (CReW) program provides a rowing program open to all living with cancer through the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation.
- Casting for Recovery provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer.
- Moving for Life holds classes for people affected by cancer and older adults through accessible movement and wellness programs.
- The Prouty is northern New England's largest family-friendly fundraising event combining cycling, walking, rowing, golf and more.
- Upper Valley Aquatic Center offers exercise groups, including 3 special programs for current breast cancer patients and survivors.
Other exercise and outdoor resources and programs
Here are some additional resources that are available for outdoor activities.
- Appalachian Mountain Club provides resources for hiking in the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
- Green Mountain Club provides resources for hiking in Vermont.
- Silver Sneakers is a fitness and wellness program for seniors on eligible Medicare plans.
- TrailLink provides a resource for local walking and hiking trails.