ABOUT THE BATTLE CANCER PROGRAM
The aim of the Battle Cancer Program is to engage people who have experienced cancer in a meaningful pathway of structured, and progressive, exercise rehabilitation.
We focus on building physical confidence and independence, and a belief in a better quality of life and health for the future.
HOW WE'RE DIFFERENT
Our driving philosophy is restoration through rehabilitation; motivation through inspiration; hope through healing.
Whilst adhering to best practice in terms of physical rehabilitation in the wake of treatment for cancer, the Battle Cancer Program is distinctly different to the common means of assisted recovery through exercise.
Firstly, the Battle Cancer Program is housed within the world’s best gym facilities and delivered by the most highly skilled and experienced fitness professionals operating within the global sector.
Secondly, the focus of the exercise sessions, from day one, is to instil life-long compliance with exercise as a behaviour and not merely as a means of short-term intervention. The Battle Cancer Program is a new beginning for those who choose to enrol, and the first step towards believing and achieving new standards of health and fitness.
Finally, the environments that house the Battle Cancer Program are inspiring and inclusive, and most importantly non-medical.
A minimum of two months clear of all cancer treatment.
Signed off by their doctor to take part in physical activity.
Anyone that has had brain or CNS cancer.
Anyone with two or more severe simultaneous diseases or medical conditions, particularly cardiovascular and neurological.
Following an initial consultation (covering all aspects of past medical history, as well past exercise experience, and completion of a physical activity readiness questionnaire), each individual is assessed in terms of their functional ability and exercise tolerance. The suite of assessment methods is:
Sit and reach
Not all tests are used on every occasion, or with every participant; only those that are suitable to the presenting capacity and ability of the individual (which is determined during the initial consultation, and directly influenced by each participant’s past medical history).
THE 12 WEEKS
Upon completion of this assessment, participants now engage with the initial 12-week Battle Cancer Program, whereby they attend two 1-hour classes per week, for 12-weeks to kickstart rebuilding their strength and fitness. The program is fully-funded to make it free for participants and ensure there is no financial barrier to participation.
The program uses simple, accessible movements, and the coach guides each individual at their own pace, taking into consideration:
Specific energy needs and capabilities
Any soft-tissue issues associated with surgery
Physical abilities and limitations
The specific goals that relate to the individual
"The programming that has been put in place for Battle Cancer Program members is empowering, evidence-based, and most importantly effective. I am extremely proud to have been able to help the Battle Cancer Program team set new standards, and I look forward to seeing how we can evolve this into even better best-practice, and watching the lives that will be transformed as a direct result of this incredible initiative."
Dr Colin Robertson
Founder & Trustee
DR COLIN ROBERTSON
Director of Science & Research