Physical Wellness for Cancer Survivors

Recovery from cancer involves more than medical treatment.

The healing process challenges people physically, mentally and emotionally. The diagnosis and treatment of cancer may involve dealing with fatigue, energy loss, stress, muscle weakness, depression and pain.

Exercise benefits people healing from cancer

Research shows that physical exercise and wellness programs have tremendous power to promote health and function. With proper instruction and pacing, people healing from cancer can enjoy the many health benefits of these programs including improved:

  • Body composition
  • Bone density
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Energy & endurance
  • Immune response
  • Pain control
  • Quality of life
  • Self-image & mood
  • Sense of control
  • Sleep
  • Strength & flexibility
  • Treatment tolerance
  • Weight management

All patients with a diagnosis of cancer are welcome!

No prior exercise experience is needed to benefit from these programs. All programs are adapted to meet each person's unique needs, physical limitations and stage of treatment. Personalized attention helps people do more, without overdoing. Thorough instruction empowers survivors to implement the programs independently after completion of each class.Safe, gentle, and professionally-designed, these programs taught by licensed physical therapists help patients exercise safely and effectively both during and after cancer treatment.


Healthy Moves

Therapeutic movement program for women cancer survivors. (Class held at Wings of Hope Cancer Support Center.)


One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class incorporates aerobic dance and interval training to provide cardiovascular and general muscle toning benefits.

Strength and Weight Training

One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class covers total body strengthening, utilizing free weights for weight resistance.


One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.
This class emphasizes breathing exercise to assist in stress reduction, flexibility to regain range of motion and improved core strength and mobility.

Basic Yoga

One hour class, two times a week for six weeks.

See class dates.

For more information/class registration

Call Methodist Hospital Physical Therapy at 402-354-4670.


Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St. | Second Floor North Tower
Omaha, NE 68114


Physical wellness services are available to all patients affected by cancer, regardless of where they are receiving treatment. This service is made possible by Harper's Hope.