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Cancer and exercise – the basics

CPDs : 2.5

One in two people in the UK will get cancer in their lifetime*
Would you be prepared if a client came to you and said they had cancer? Would you know how to adjust their exercise programme or simply even know what to say? Sadly, it is almost certain that, as a fitness professional, you will have a client say those three words: ‘I have cancer’.

This five-hour online course is designed to give fitness professionals a basic introduction into how to help a client on their cancer journey and how to exercise safely and effectively.

Suggested Pre-requisite:

  • CIMSPA:L3 Ex Referral

Aims and objectives:

  • Understand the basics of what cancer is and how it affects the body
  • Have an understanding of why exercise matters for the person on their cancer journey
  • Be able to plan a safe and effective exercise programme for someone living with cancer
  • Have ideas on how to manage your own feelings around these issues

 *Cancer Research UK

Author Bio

  • Marion Foreman

    Marion Foreman has been a practicing nurse for almost 50 years mostly working in the fields of palliative care and cancer. Marion has lectured for both the Open University and Homerton School of Health Studies about health and social care and about death and dying.

    Marion held a senior nursing position as a lead cancer nurse and has had personal experience of living with someone with advanced cancer.Ten years ago, Marion trained as a personal trainer and specialised in Cancer Rehab. Prior to retiring she ran three online exercise circuit classes for people who are living with cancer and offered support to many of them individually. She previously had a great involvement in the development of cancer care in hospitals local to her.

    Marion’s passion is twofold; one is to make sure that any client can say ‘I have cancer’ and we don’t fall apart, that we can ask focused questions and consider what help we are able to offer, based on sound knowledge. The other is to help other fitness professionals to develop coping strategies so that when someone you have a professional relationship turns to you and asks you to help them to stay as healthy as possible whilst they deal with their cancer, you are robust and confident.