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Registration for the Winter 2024 session is now open!


Please contact us for more information about the available program options in your area.

Exercise Program for Cancer Survivors

Alberta-based study evaluating the benefits of exercise for individuals after a cancer diagnosis  

What is the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Study?

ACE is a 5-year study evaluating the benefit from, and implementation of, an Alberta wide clinic-to-community-based cancer and exercise model of care – the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program.

Why is ACE being offered? 

Cancer treatments will often cause side effects that can impact your daily activities, physical function, well-being and, quality of life.

Strong research evidence supports the benefit of exercise to improve symptoms related to cancer at every stage of treatment and recovery.

Regular exercise helps to:

  • Improve your energy level.

  • Reduce cancer-related fatigue.

  • Maintain and improve strength.

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion.

  • Improve balance and lower your risk of falls.

  • Maintain independence and normal daily activities.

  • Improve your mental health and self-esteem.

  • Improve your quality of life.


Until now, in Alberta, exercise has not been part of the routine clinical care of individuals with cancer. The Alberta Cancer Exercise program was developed to provide this service, and to help individuals with cancer to better withstand and recover from cancer treatment.  

What does ACE involve?

ACE is a free 12-week community-based exercise program designed specifically for individuals undergoing or recovering from cancer treatment. ACE exercise instructors have received cancer-specific education and training. 

Edmonton/ Northern Alberta

2-50 Corbett Hall

University of Alberta

8205 114 St NW

Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2G4
T: 1-780-492-6007


Calgary/ Southern Alberta

Thrive Centre 

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW

Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
T: 1-403-210-8482

"This is a wonderful program. Not only for returning to health after cancer, but just for regular living."

Generally ACE exercise programs are offered in the following locations 3 times per year: Winter (January - March), Spring (April - June), and Fall (September to December). Please CONTACT US for more detailed information for the current program offerings at your location.



Red Deer


Grande Prairie

Medicine Hat & Fort McMurray - programs for these cities now offered through the EXCEL Study.

Additionally, the EXCEL Study is offering exercise programs for cancer survivors who live in smaller, rural, and remote communities across the province. Please click here for more information.

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