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 and endurance
  • Immune response
  • Pain control
  • Quality of life
  • Self-image and mood
  • Sense of control
  • Sleep
  • Strength and flexibility
  • Treatment tolerance
  • Weight management

Safe, gentle and professionally designed, these classes are taught by licensed physical therapists, recreational therapists, and certified yoga instructors who help patients exercise safely and effectively during and after cancer treatment.

All patients with a cancer diagnosis are welcome

No prior exercise experience is necessary 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 it. Thorough instruction empowers survivors to implement the programs independently after completion of each class.

Class schedules

All in-person wellness classes are temporarily on hold due to COVID-19. While we are unable to meet physically, our team is excited to offer the following classes virtually:

  • Strength training
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Cardio/Endurance Training
  • Tai Chi
  • Meditation

Thanks to support from Methodist Hospital Foundation, all virtual wellness classes are being offered free of charge through the end of 2020. For more information, or to register for a class, call Methodist Hospital Physical Therapy at (402) 354-0847.


Massage is available on-site at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center the first Tuesday of every month. Appointments are required. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call (402) 354-5890.


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.