Cancer Exercise Specialist®

Cancer Exercise Training for Health & Fitness Professionals



There were 19.3 million new cancer cases worldwide in 2020 and 50 million cancer SURVIVORS!

1 in 5 people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.


“Cancer can strip you of everything- hair, body parts, strength, endurance, hope, finances, relationships, job, self-esteem, and self-confidence.” – Andrea Leonard

As a health and fitness professional you can EMPOWER patients and survivors at all stages of the cancer journey. You can help them to reclaim control of their minds and their bodies through individualized oncology exercise programming. Here’s how:

Cancer Prevention

Physical activity is linked to reduced rates of certain cancers. Exercise has many biological effects on the body including:

Before Treatment Begins

Physical activity can help improve overall health status and prepare patients mentally and physically for the difficult journey ahead of them.

During Treatment

Physical activity helps to minimize cancer-related adverse effects and has a beneficial effect on the whole body. Benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Minimizes treatment-related side effects, such as mental and physical fatigue, peripheral neuropathy, lymphedema, osteoporosis, diabetes, damage to the heart and lungs, and nausea

  • Minimizes depression and anxiety

  • Improves mobility and the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s)

  • Improves balance and reduces fall-related injuries

  • Prevent cancer cachexia (muscle loss) and increases overall strength

  • Decreases weight gain and obesity, which may increased the risk of future cancers and co-morbidities such as lymphedema, diabetes, and heart disease

  • Improved sleep which is critical for healing

  • Improved treatment efficacy 
  • Improve survival rates for certain cancers, (breast  and colorectal cancer)

  • Improve quality of life, self-confidence, and self-esteem

Immediate Recovery

Physical activity following cancer surgery and treatment can help patients return to their previous fitness level or, in many cases, even better!

  • Improved shoulder range of motion (ROM) following mastectomy for breast cancer and head and neck cancer surgery

  • Corrects muscles imbalances due to surgery and radiation that can lead to pain, joint degeneration, and injury

  • Quicker return to normal activities and work
  • Increased stamina and ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL’s)

  • Improve quality of life, self-confidence, and self-esteem

Long-term Survival

Multiple studies show that regular physical activity is linked to increased life expectancy after a diagnosis of cancer, in many cases by decreasing the risk of cancer recurrence.

The American Cancer Society, the World Cancer Research Fund, the American Institute for Cancer Research, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the US Department of Health and Human Services all advocate physical activity for cancer patients and survivors.

  • One prospective study of patients with breast cancer found that women who exercised for two and a half hours per week after they had been diagnosed had a 67 percent lower risk of death compared with patients who did no exercise.
  • A study of patients treated for stage III colorectal cancer found that among those who remained cancer-free six months after surgery and chemotherapy, physical activity reduced the risk of the colorectal cancer subsequently returning or causing death.

So What is The Challenge?

Cancer patients and survivors are less active than the general population. It may be due to pain, fear of pain, or lack of resources.

One thing is for certain – there are not enough trained health and fitness professionals who have the training and expertise to work safely and effectively with cancer patients and survivors.

If you’ve ever considered working with the cancer and aging population, perhaps you’ve wondered:

  • What credentials do I need to work with special needs clients?

  • What are the liabilities?

  • What are the recommendations and guidelines for working with cancer survivors and those with chronic conditions?

  • How can I customize those guidelines to work for each client?

  • What are the risks I need to be aware of?

  • How do I conduct an effective assessment before we begin?

  • What do I need to know about each type of cancer or condition?

  • How will current treatments affect my recommendations?

  • What is appropriate at different stages of the cancer and chronic disease journey?

  • How can I help my clients build healthy habits & exercise behaviors that stick?
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Don’t take unnecessary risks with cancer patients/survivors and clients with chronic conditions. Let us provide you with the most current and evidence-based education to create safe and effective action plans.  

You will get the tools, confidence, and support of the global leader in cancer and aging exercise education.

Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification

The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification was developed for health and fitness professionals seeking to attain a higher level of mastery and work with cancer patients during and after cancer surgery and treatment and into survivorship. Participants will expand their skills as a CES and gain a complete understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnosis and treatment to reconstruction and survivorship. Our unique and individualized programming will help to improve the patient’s ability to cope with the mental and physical stress following cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification is considered the gold-standard in oncology-exercise training worldwide.

Since 1995 we have trained more Cancer Exercise Specialists worldwide than any other organization. The Cancer Exercise Specialist®  Advanced Qualification programming covers 26 types of cancer, as well as pediatrics, with special emphasis on breast cancer and breast reconstruction. Our coursework is revised and updated every two years to provide you with the most current, evidence-based material available.

If you are a health or fitness professional, the Cancer Exercise Specialist® Advanced Qualification will allow you to:

  • Gain an understanding or breast cancer surgery, treatment, and reconstructive procedures

  • Gain an understanding of lymphedema; learn how to implement appropriate lymph drainage protocols and learn the appropriate progression of exercises for each client
  • Gain an understanding of cancer treatment, the acute and chronic side-effects, and learn the appropriate progression of exercises for each client
  • Gain an understanding of the role of nutrition and alcohol intake on cancer prevention
  • Gain an understanding of the psychological implications of a cancer diagnosis, the stages of grief, and what it’s like to be a caregiver
  • Learn how to conduct  a comprehensive physical assessment that includes a postural assessment, goniometric measurements, Trendelenberg Test, Modified Thomas Test, and more
  • Learn how to create safe and effective exercise programming, for in-person or virtual training, for individuals or groups. This includes Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, Aquatics, and Group Exercise and more.

How Does the CETI Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification Training Work?

The Cancer Exercise Specialist Advanced Qualification is an online training platform designed for all health and fitness professionals – yoga, Pilates, personal trainers, physical and occupational therapists, oncology nurses, patient navigators and doctors who work with, or want to work with cancer patients and survivors.

  • 39 video training modules

  • Over 500 pages of the most current and evidence-based content on oncology exercise

  • Printable forms and business-building resources

  • Private Facebook community for ongoing education and peer support 

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Upon course completion, you will have an in-depth understanding of the entire cancer process from diagnoses through treatment and recovery.  You will have the confidence to design and prescribe individualized, safe, and effective exercise programs for cancer patients and survivors as a Cancer Exercise Specialist.