At Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, we are committed to improving the quality of lives of individuals battling cancer. To ensure our patients are receiving the very best palliative care possible, we have developed a solid research program aimed at studying the effects of regular exercise and proper nutrition in cancer treatment. Below is a list of recent publications produced by our team of researchers.


In general, four basic phases of rehabilitation are employed:

  • Phase 1: Patients who are currently in chemotherapy/radiation.
  • Phase 2: Patients who have completed chemotherapy/radiation, or only received surgery and/or hormonal therapy
  • Phase 3: Patients who have successfully completed phase 2
  • Phase 4: Patients who have successfully completed Phase 3 and are classified as apparently healthy. 

Each exercise intervention is individualized according to the patient’s health status and goals, and all sessions are completed one-on-one with an exercise trainer who holds a certification in Cancer Exercise Instruction. Phases are designed to last 12-weeks, with the exception of Phase 1, which may last longer due to treatment. All patients undergo a comprehensive fitness assessment at the start and completion of each phase, to measure changes in fitness parameters. 

Below are preliminary results from our Phase 1, 2, and 3 program completers. 

 
Figure 1 Phase 1 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 137).

Figure 1

Phase 1 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 137).

Figure 2 Phase 2 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 123).

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Phase 2 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 123).

Figure 3 Phase 3 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 112)

Figure 3

Phase 3 Program Completers from pre- post-exercise programming. Values are mean scores + SE, VO2 in ml/kg/min, Muscular Endurance in repetitions, Muscular Strength in psi, Flexibility in inches (n= 112)