Nova Scotia launches research program with exercise as part of cancer treatment

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)

A new research project includes exercise as part of cancer care.

Nova Scotia's health authority issued a news release Friday featuring former premier and senator John Buchanan as one of the participants.

Buchanan says the exercises have improved the range of movement in his arms and shoulders and his general mobility as he's been treated for prostate cancer that spread into other parts of his body.

The program is being offered for patients over 18 with a doctor's referral, with higher-risk patients being supervised at a hospital exercise lab and lower-risk patients completing the program at Halifax's Canada Games Centre.

A certified exercise physiologist provides each participant with an individualized 12-week exercise plan, and modifications are made during every exercise session based on how the participants are feeling.

The program is led by Dr. Melanie Keats, a three-time cancer survivor.