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Treating Cancer with Exercise Oncology

Updated: May 3

"Cancer's a bitch". That used to be the old saying. Not any more. We now have far too many weapons in our arsenal to both prevent and eradicate cancer. Included in my holistic personal training is exercise oncology and so much more.

Our world has become toxic, filled with cell destroying pollutants in the form of air, water and food. It was just last week (Feb. 1, 2024) that Bangkok (were I'm temporarily staying) was ranked the 9th most polluted city in the world, largely due to poor air quality. It's no secret that certain people profit off the backs of polluters by allowing it to happen. Thus, polluting and toxicities in Bangkok will probably never stop.

We need more than ever, to be vigilant with our cancer prevention tactics. Fortunately, I have a comprehensive exercise oncology based personal training program on offer for anyone who is interested in preventing the harmful affects of carcinogenic pollutants, reducing their heavy metal and cell destroying toxic load, dealing with cancer and cancer remission and post-cancer healthy lifestyle strategies including fitness, nutrition, recovery, wellness and healthy lifestyles coaching.

My advanced, clinically focused personal training at Dennis Romatz Fitness goes well above and beyond what you know of trainers and training. As you'll read in this blog post, what we offer our clients is a priceless, life-changing experience that will restore your faith that anything and everything is possible, even over-coming the seemingly highest obstacles in life including cancer.

Dennis Romatz - Exercise Oncology Personal Trainer
Dennis Romatz - Exercise Oncology Personal Trainer

Treating cancer with an exercise oncology personal trainer

What Is Exercise Oncology?

Exercise oncology is a specialized field of study that explores the role of exercise and physical activity in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of cancer. It involves researching and implementing structured exercise programs for individuals diagnosed with cancer, considering the specific needs and challenges associated with cancer and its treatments.

The primary goals of exercise oncology include:

  1. Cancer Prevention: Investigating the impact of regular physical activity on reducing the risk of developing cancer and understanding the mechanisms involved.

  2. Supportive Care during Treatment: Examining how exercise can complement traditional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, to improve overall well-being and mitigate treatment-related side effects.

  3. Cancer Rehabilitation: Designing exercise programs to help cancer survivors regain physical function, strength, and endurance after completing treatment.

  4. Quality of Life: Assessing the influence of exercise on the psychosocial aspects of cancer patients' lives, including mental health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.

  5. Survivorship: Investigating the long-term benefits of exercise for individuals who have completed cancer treatment, with a focus on reducing the risk of cancer recurrence and improving overall health.

Researchers and practitioners in exercise oncology collaborate with oncologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and other healthcare professionals to develop tailored exercise interventions. These interventions take into account the type of cancer, the stage of the disease, individual fitness levels, and any potential contraindications related to the specific cancer treatment.

Overall, oncology exercise recognizes the importance of a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, incorporating physical activity as an essential component to enhance the overall health and well-being of individuals affected by cancer.

Who Performs Exercise Oncology?

Personal Trainers with Exercise Science Background:

Personal trainers with degrees or education in exercise science, sports science, exercise physiology, or kinesiology can contribute valuable expertise to exercise oncology programs.

They are trained to understand the physiological responses to exercise, enabling them to design customized fitness plans that take into account the specific health conditions and treatment stages of individuals with cancer.

Personal trainers work closely with healthcare professionals to create well-rounded exercise programs that focus on strength training, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, and overall functional movement.

Their knowledge in exercise prescription helps in developing safe and progressive workout routines that align with medical guidelines and the individual's fitness level.

Personal trainers with a background in exercise science may also provide motivation, support, and education to encourage individuals affected by cancer to engage in regular physical activity as part of their overall cancer care plan.

Exercise Physiologists:

These professionals specialize in prescribing and implementing exercise programs. In exercise oncology, they work to design personalized exercise plans tailored to the specific needs, fitness levels, and medical conditions of individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment.


Medical doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of cancer. Oncologists play a crucial role in overseeing the overall cancer care plan and may collaborate with exercise specialists to integrate physical activity into the treatment and recovery process.

Physiotherapists (Physical Therapists):

These healthcare professionals focus on optimizing physical function and mobility. In exercise oncology, physiotherapists work with cancer patients to address issues such as muscle weakness, joint stiffness, and rehabilitation after surgery or treatment.

Rehabilitation Specialists:

Professionals with expertise in cancer rehabilitation may contribute to exercise oncology programs. They address a range of physical and psychosocial issues that cancer patients may face, incorporating exercise as a key component of their rehabilitation plans.

Registered Dietitians:

Nutrition plays a crucial role in cancer care, and registered dietitians can provide guidance on proper nutrition to support individuals during cancer treatment and recovery. They may collaborate with exercise specialists to create comprehensive wellness plans.

Psychologists or Mental Health Professionals:

Exercise oncology recognizes the importance of addressing the psychological and emotional aspects of cancer care. Mental health professionals may work with individuals to manage anxiety, depression, and stress, and to promote overall well-being through exercise.

Oncology Nurses:

Nurses specializing in oncology often play a vital role in patient care. They may provide support and education on incorporating exercise into the daily routine and assist in monitoring patients for any adverse effects during exercise.

Certified Fitness Professionals:

Trained fitness instructors or personal trainers with knowledge of exercise oncology principles may work with individuals to implement safe and effective exercise programs. They often collaborate with healthcare professionals to ensure that exercise plans align with medical guidelines.

How Can An Exercise Oncology Program Benefit Patients?

Preservation of Physical Function; During Treatment: 

Regular exercise can help maintain or improve physical function in individuals undergoing active cancer treatment. It may counteract the impact of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, which can lead to fatigue and muscle weakness.

Mitigation of Treatment Side Effects; Reduced Fatigue: 

Exercise has been shown to alleviate cancer-related fatigue, one of the most common side effects of treatment. Engaging in physical activity can boost energy levels and improve overall stamina.

Muscle Strength and Endurance: 

Structured exercise programs can help counteract the loss of muscle mass and strength that may occur during cancer treatment.

Enhanced Well-being; Psychosocial Benefits: 

Regular physical activity is associated with improved mood, reduced anxiety, and decreased symptoms of depression. Exercise can contribute to an overall sense of well-being and aid in coping with the emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis.

Quality of Life: 

Exercise oncology programs aim to enhance the overall quality of life by addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of the patient's well-being.

Rehabilitation and Recovery; Post-Treatment: 

Exercise is an integral part of cancer rehabilitation, helping survivors regain physical function, flexibility, and endurance after completing active treatment.

Musculoskeletal Health: 

Rehabilitation exercises can address issues related to musculoskeletal health, including joint stiffness and range of motion limitations.

Reduced Risk of Recurrence; Promoting Long-Term Health: 

Engaging in regular physical activity has been associated with a decreased risk of cancer recurrence in some cases. Exercise oncology encourages patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle for long-term health benefits.

Individualized Programs; Tailored to Patient's Needs: 

Exercise oncology programs are designed to be personalized, taking into consideration the specific type of cancer, treatment stage, and the individual's fitness level and preferences. This ensures that the exercise regimen is safe and effective.

Empowerment and Self-Efficacy; Active Participation in Recovery: 

Participating in an exercise program empowers patients, allowing them to actively contribute to their recovery. It fosters a sense of control and self-efficacy, positively impacting their mindset.

Cardiopulmonary Health; Mitigating Cardiotoxic Effects: 

Cancer treatments may have cardiotoxic effects. Exercise programs that focus on cardiovascular fitness can help mitigate these effects and promote heart health.

Social Support and Community; Peer Interaction: 

Group-based exercise oncology programs offer an opportunity for patients to connect with others going through similar experiences. This social support can be invaluable in fostering a sense of community and shared understanding.

In summary, exercise oncology programs contribute to the holistic care of cancer patients by addressing physical, emotional, and social aspects of well-being. These programs are tailored to each individual's needs, promoting a proactive approach to health and enhancing the overall cancer care experience.

Why Choose Dennis Romatz Fitness?

Clinical Expertise: As a clinically schooled, personal trainer deeply rooted in exercise science and specialized in exercise oncology, I bring a unique blend of clinical knowledge to tailor your fitness program with precision, aligning it seamlessly with your health needs and treatment protocols.

Personalized Approach: Recognizing the individuality of each cancer journey, your fitness plan is not a one-size-fits-all solution. At Dennis Romatz Fitness, we craft a personalized roadmap that considers your health history, treatment specifics, and personal preferences.

Holistic Wellness: More than just a fitness routine, Dennis Romatz Fitness is a naturopathic sanctuary where physical resilience merges with mental strength. It's a space designed to empower you, fostering overall well-being on your path to prevention and/or recovery.

Join me at Dennis Romatz Fitness, where your journey is our priority. Together, let's prevent cancer, kicks cancer's butt and mold a healthy lifestyle so filled with naturopathic fitness, health & wellness that cancer has no chance.

My personal training includes elements of exercise oncology which is included in the program of every client I work with and train. I do this simply because everyone I work with can benefits from preventative exercise oncology protocols.

If this sounds like the program you need, please do contact me to schedule your free trial session and initial complimentary consultation to get assessed and discuss the amazing health benefits that await you.

Dennis Romatz - Oncology Exercise Personal Training
Dennis Romatz - Oncology Exercise Personal Training

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