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How does exercise benefit a cancer survivor?

More and more research is proving that exercise can help cancer patients. Check out the benefits below!

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  • exercise improves cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength
  • exercise reduces fatigue
  • exercise improves ability to perform day-to-day duties
  • exercise enhances mood and reduces anxiety
  • exercise help recondition lymph systems compromised by surgery or radiation
  • exercise reduces pain and nausea
  • exercise refocuses energy from illness to wellness

"We're seeing better everyday function and overall higher quality of life for cancer survivors who exercise," Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., American College of Sports Medicine.

Cancer Fitness Institute History

The Cancer Fitness Institute, formerly known as Summit Cancer Solutions, is an organization that provided exercise programs directly to cancer survivors for over twelve years and helped over 1,400 cancer survivors. The mission of the Cancer Fitness Institute is to develop, provide, and support opportunities for quality cancer-specific exercise programs to patients and survivors in a healthy and positive environment.  In January 2011, we changed our focus from working directly with cancer survivors to providing training on our cancer exercise program to qualified fitness professionals. This transition enabled the Cancer Fitness Institute to broaden its impact by creating a small army of cancer-trained exercise professionals. Cancer survivors across Colorado, and beyond, will have access to exercise programs tailored to their needs in their communities!

Recreation centers and other facilities across Colorado and Minnesota now offer our trademarked CancerFit® program to cancer survivors.

Supporting Organizations

We extend our deepest thanks to these organizations that have generously supported our program: 

Supporting Organizations:
Applewood Plumbing, Heating, and Electric
Cancer League of Colorado
COBRAS Bicycle Racing Club
 Colorado Compassion Initiative/JVA Consulting
Kaiser Permanente Foundation 
Team Summit Cancer
Step Up for Cancer
Denver Metropolitan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure 
The Bank of Denver
The Hornbostel Family
University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center
Wells Fargo Community Grants Program


We are also grateful to the many individuals who make donations and keep our program serving others!

For more information about the CancerFit® Exercise program or the Cancer Fitness Institute, please contact Ashley Perillo, Professional Development Program Manager at 303-231-0943 or