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

Safe, gentle, and professionally-designed, these programs taught by licensed physical therapists help patients exercise safely and effectively both during and after cancer treatment.

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.

Class schedules


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

Meditation for mind-body wellness

One hour class, one time a week for six weeks
This class focuses the mind, leading to greater self-awareness and a reduction in stress-related health issues.

Tai Chi

One hour class, two times a week for six weeks
This class follows the Sun style of the ancient Chinese art, is low impact with a gentle flowing of movement.

For more information/class registration call Methodist Hospital Physical Therapy at 402-354-0847.



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.