Why We CAN?

Evidence suggests that being physically active can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. Public Health England shares that regular activity can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer by 20% and colon cancer by 30%. Research also says that exercise can improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer and help reduce disease progression and decrease its reoccurrence.

What are the benefits of physical activity 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
  • improve depression
  • reduce fatigue
  • improve quality of life during and after cancer treatment
  • prevent or improve lymphoedema
  • improve general physical functioning

About the programme

We CAN is a cancer exercise rehabilitation programme for people affected by cancer living in Hertfordshire. It is a newly established project which aims to engage people living with and beyond cancer. It is a 12-week bespoke group exercise programme designed to help you overcome the side effects of cancer treatment. The sessions also aim to create friendship groups, so participants find it easier to continue their journey beyond the three months. Discounted club membership will be offered to participants who complete the 12-week course.

The programme is delivered by a qualified Level 4 Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist. If you wish to talk to them before joining the please call us on 07902 133707.

Programme locations, day & time

  • YMCA Community Gym
    • Address: 59 Russet Dr, St Albans AL4 0DB
    • Tuesdays at 12:45
  • The Venue
    • 1 Elstree Way, Borehamwood WD6 1JY
    • Tuesdays at 10:15
  • Everyone Active Watford Central
  • Everyone Active South Oxhey
  • Stevenage Healthy Hub
    • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ
    • Thursdays at 10:15
  • Birchwood Leisure Centre
    • Longmead, Hatfield, AL10 0AN
    • Fridays at 11:30

Programme criteria 

  • The participant must be over the age of 18
  • The participant received a cancer diagnosis in the past 3 years
  • The participant is a Hertfordshire resident

Referral process 

There are three ways to refer to the programme, all listed below. If you have any issues completing the form please call us instead and the Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist will add your details on your behalf.

Download self-referral form

  • Email us with your referral form
  • Phone us at 07902 133707
  • Send your referral form by post to: FAO Alicja Polak, HSP, Hertfordshire Sports Village, University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield AL10 9EU

Once your referral has been received by the Project Coordinator you will be called for a telephone consultation to assess your current health level and to ensure the class is appropriate to your health and needs. Afterwards, the Project Coordinator will invite you to one of the sessions nearest to your location and sign you up for your free 12-week course. Please note that all participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire form at the beginning of the course, then at the end of the course. This is necessary to ensure the programme can remain funded and free of charge.

We CAN Cancer Exercise Rehabilitation Leaflet

For further information please contact Project Officer Alicja Polak at A.Polak@herts.ac.uk