Prehabilitation and physical activity is a programme of support and advice that includes three particular parts of your health before your cancer treatment starts:

  • Your diet and weight
  • physical activity or exercise
  • mental wellbeing

Stopping smoking and cutting down on alcohol can also help. Research shows that if you get support early on and are as healthy as possible, you are more likely to:

  • leave hospital sooner after surgery
  • cope better with the side effects of cancer treatment
  • have fewer side effects
  • have more treatment choices
  • have better long-term health

Prehabilitation plays a role in all your cancer care and this can be continued into rehabilitation beyond treatment.

Learn more about the Active Against Cancer programme in Harrogate

Read the Macmillan booklet: Physical Activity and Cancer

Prehabilitation videos for people living with cancer | Macmillan Cancer Support