Physical activity programme for breast cancer survivors

The Irish Cancer Society are currently recruiting women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis and are post-treatment and 12 months post-surgery to take part in a Physical Activity Programme, commencing March 26th, 2011.

About this programme

There is compelling evidence to suggest that physical activity after diagnosis and treatment reduces the risk of breast cancer recurrence and can help improve quality of life including:

  • Nurses Health Study 2005 (2,987 women)
  • Collaboration Women’s Longevity Study 2008 (4,482 women)
  • Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle Study 2008 (933 women)

These studies have shown that women can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence by engaging in a minimum of 2-3 hours of physical activity over a seven day period.

There is no charge to participate in this programme.

Time Commitment

The Physical Activity Programme will start on the Saturday the 26th of March and will run until December 2011. You will need to commit at least three days a week to exercising in order to get the full benefits from this programme.

  • For the first 15 weeks from March till June you will be working out 1-2 times per week with your coach and walking at least twice a week in your own time
  • For the next 15 weeks you will meet your coach once every three weeks and work out 2-3 times per week in your own time.
  • You will have 1 follow up session one year after you complete the programme to see how you have been progressing without supervised classes. .

For further information please contact Eimear on 01 2316624 or

Further Reading:

Lifestyle link to cancer

Walking can decrease breast cancer recurrence

Weight lifting good for women with lymphedema

5 tips for living well after breast cancer