Cancer Care Program

Comprehensive information about cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and care for Nova Scotians.

There is clear evidence that physical activity is a safe and effective way to:

  • reduce cancer risk
  • mitigate disease and treatment-related side effects in both cancer patients and survivors.


Physical activity can help you feel better, regardless of where you are in your cancer journey. The pamphlets and information below can help you learn more about the benefits of being physically active during and following your cancer treatment.

After a cancer diagnosis, being active is one of the most important things you can do to feel better throughout treatment and recovery. Discuss physical activity and exercise with your care provider(s).


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3. Warburton DER, Bredin SSD (2017) Health benefits of physical activity: a systematic review of current systematic reviews. Curr Opin Cardiol 32:541–556.

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7. Sabiston CM, Brunet J (2012) Reviewing the benefits of physical activity during cancer survivorship. AmJ LifestyleMed 6:167–177