The Cancer Exercise Counseling Program at UCSF offers one-on-one exercise counseling to cancer patients at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jane Clark and Regan Fedric, cancer exercise trainers certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, offer hour-long exercise classes for cancer patients who are undergoing or have completed treatment.
Cancer Exercise Counseling
1825 Fourth St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
1600 Divisadero St.
First Floor, Room B-101
San Francisco, CA 94115
Patients of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. Sessions, funded by grants and donations, are free to patients. Donations are accepted from those who are able to contribute.
Research has shown that regular exercise speeds recovery for cancer survivors, promotes the effectiveness of other parts of treatment, and can significantly deter recurrence rates.
- Breast Cancer
Women who participated in any moderate-intensity physical activity after breast cancer diagnosis, such as brisk walking, had a 64 percent lower risk of death compared with inactive women. Exercise also reduces the risk of lymphedema, which causes swelling in the arms or legs.
- Colon Cancer
Colon cancer survivors who walked six or more hours a week showed a 47 percent improvement in disease-free survival compared with inactive patients.
- Prostate Cancer
For prostate cancer survivors, exercise reduced the risk of incontinence and mitigated side effects while patients were receiving hormone therapy and radiation.
The exercise program is designed for each patient's needs, abilities and interests. Patients receive a demonstration of the exercises, a written set of recommendations for exercises that can be done at home, and referrals to group yoga and exercise classes. Trainers offer tips and strategies for success and make follow-up telephone calls.
Find Out More
For more information about exercise classes, visit the Cancer Resource Center website.
Visits by appointment:
Please call (415) 502-5547.