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We CAN Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Programme 

Join our bespoke exercise rehabilitation programme for people living with and beyond cancer.

There are many reasons why exercise is good for you. Research has shown that there is strong evidence that certain ways of being active can help people with cancer:

  • reduce anxiety and improve depression

  • reduce fatigue

  • reduce the chances of cancer recurrence

  • manage other health conditions

  • reduce disease progression

  • improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment

  • prevent or improve lymphoedema

  • improve general physical functioning

  • decreases mortality


We CAN is a 12-week group exercise programme designed to help you overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. Especially focusing on building strength, stamina, balance and improving the range of movement. Our sessions help create friendship groups, so participants can socialise with like-minded people who have gone through similar experiences providing support for each other.

The programme is delivered by a qualified Level 4 Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist.

Programme locations, day & time

St Albans - YMCA Community Gym

  • 59 Russet Dr, St Albans, AL4 0DB

  • Tuesdays at 11:45 am

Stevenage - Adults Healthy Hub

  • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

  • Mondays at 11:00 am

Hatfield - Birchwood Leisure Centre

  • Longmead, Hatfield, AL10 0AN

  • Fridays at 10:30 am

Programme criteria 

  • The participant must be over the age of 18

  • The participant received a cancer diagnosis in the past five years

Enquiries and referrals to the programme 

To express interest, email us at or call us on 07725 740965.

Once your request has been received, you will be called for a telephone consultation with the Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist to assess your current health and to ensure the class is appropriate to your health and needs.

Download the referral form to self-refer.

Please note:

  • You will be asked to complete a questionnaire form at the beginning and then at the end of the course. This is necessary to ensure the programme can remain funded.

  • A referral means that you will be assessed for a place on the programme and does not guarantee a place on the programme.

  • We aim to get back to you within 7 days.


“Alicja [our instructor] has been very welcoming. She is very understanding and accommodating to all in our class… I feel very lucky that she has provided me this exercise programme and opportunity to get better and have fun."


"Exactly just what you need after what what we've all been /are going through. People who really understand what it's like."


“I benefit from the exercise group as it is nice to talk to people in the same situation as myself. The group is conducted under excellent, qualified supervision in a friendly environment.”
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