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In this week’s podcast, we speak to nurse and personal trainer, Marion Foreman from All Together Better. Marion gives us some key pointers of how to prepare for a client telling you that they have cancer. We also explore the benefits that exercise has for someone on their cancer journey.

According to Cancer Research UK (2019), one in two people will get cancer in their lifetime. The reality of this figure is that it is almost certain that, as a fitness professional, you will have a client tell you they have cancer.

In this podcast, FitPro’s programming manager Kirsten Carter talks to Marion Foreman from All Together Better. Marion is a nurse and personal trainer, and has been working with cancer patients in a local circuits class for the last five years. She also has many years of experience of nursing patients with cancer, and has personal knowledge of what it is like to strive to keep fit with cancer as her husband unfortunately has melanoma.

Marion gives us some key pointers of how to prepare for a client telling you they have cancer, and we also look at how an exercise regime can be a motivator and lifeline for someone suffering from this disease.

Take a listen to the podcast HERE

Are you looking to learn more about this topic? Marion Foreman has worked together with FitPro to develop an online CPD course: ‘Cancer and exercise – The basics’. This is a five-hour course that has been developed to give fitness professionals a basic introduction into how to help a client on their cancer journey. This course also explores how you can help your client to exercise safely and effectively.

To sign up to the ‘Cancer and exercise – basics’  online CPD course head over to

About the author

Marion Foreman is an experienced cancer nurse and a personal trainer with a Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation qualification. She runs circuits classes twice a week for people on their cancer journey. Marion also carries out the assessments for all patients referred to the ‘Get Active’ programme, which is run by a local charity.