Focusing on Improving the Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors
In today’s world, advances in research are critical to providing treatment options for the debilitating side effects of people living with cancer. The Cancer Foundation For Life®’s contribution to research is defining how the academic recommendation of exercise benefits patients in a community environment.
With more than 10,000 participant exercise sessions and 15,000 staff hours dedicated to research, we are in a unique position to bridge the gap between academic research and hands-on connections with patients. On a daily basis, we observe the beneficial effects of exercise with cancer treatment.
The Cancer Foundation For Life® works with network of oncologists and exercise academicians collaborating with CFFL to incorporate exercise as a standard of care for cancer treatment.
In 2011, Cancer Foundation For Life® developed and implemented a customized software component to make all facilities “paperless” and provide a common database for all participant activity. Since then, we have expanded the software to provide a resource for the accumulation and analysis of research data. This internet-based software enables FitSTEPS for Life® to be networked without boundaries.
Our research effort has quantified the evidence that a community-based, cancer exercise program demonstrates a significant benefit to cancer patients during and following treatment.