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).

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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)

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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)