Cancer and Exercise

Exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and that remains true after a diagnosis of cancer. Exercising before surgery can aid recovery, gentle exercise during treatment can help combat fatigue and can reduce risk of recurrence after treatment. 

There are various programmes within the local area to support cancer patients to exercise in a safe and supported environment:

Spring Into Action

This free 12 week group programme is ran by the Oncology Physiotherapy team at King's Mill Hospital aims to support patients to meet their individual physical goals whilst providing the opportunity for peer support and education on key topics such as diet and lymphoedema. 

Referrals can be made via a General Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Consultant and by the Macmillan Information Centre staff. 


CARE (Cancer and Rehabilitation Exercise)

CARE is a free, community based group exercise programme for people with any cancer, at any stage of the pathway. Sessions consist of a warm-up followed by circuits, before participants get the opportunity to take part in a sports activity of their choice followed by a cool down. Full support is given to aid participants in achieving their exercise goals. 

Sessions take place across Nottinghamshire, for the timetable and to self refer, click here. Referrals can also be made by a General Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Consultant or the Macmillan Information Centre.


GP Exercise Referral Schemes

There are many GP Exercise Referral schemes in the area; each district has one of their own. These schemes usually come with a small fee and a GP or practice nurse must refer you into the scheme. To find out more, please select the district in which your GP is situated in from the list below:



Newark & Sherwood

Further Information and Support

If you would like further information around exercise please speak to your clinical team, a member of our Information and Support Centre staff, or read Macmillan's Physical Activity and Cancer booklet here.