NExT Program

  • The Nutrition & Exercise during chemotherapy Treatment (NExT) program

The Nutrition & Exercise During Cancer Treatment (NExT) Program is a supervised exercise and healthy eating program for women receiving chemotherapy as part of treatment for breast cancer. The team includes exercise specialists, registered dieticians, healthcare professionals and researchers at the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer.

Research on NExT has shown that:

  • Medical oncologists are willing to refer women to a structured exercise and healthy eating program that provides evidenced-informed programming led by qualified health professionals.
  • Women increased the amount of physical activity they did during chemotherapy and they kept it up even 12-months later
  • An exercise prescription that accounts for “good” and “bad” days throughout chemotherapy helps women to stay motivated to do exercise
  • The program provided an opportunity for women to connect with women going through the same thing, as well as to take back from control by doing something positive for their health and well being

Next steps for NExT:

Our goal is to raise funds to provide for staff and operational costs to delivery of 12-week exercise programming for cancer patients on cancer treatment at no cost.  Patient would then be eligible to graduate to drop-in programming for a small fee to allow individuals to continue to exercise in a safe setting.

For more information on the NExT Program, please go to: nextprogram.ca

To help to support the NExT Program, please go to: https://bccancerfoundation.com/next

References:

Kirkham et al. The Oncologist 2017;22:1-11

Kirkham et al.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2018 Feb;50(2):177-186

Bland et al. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Sep;26(9):3297-3306.

Balneaves et al., under review