The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Shape Up 4 Cancer Surgery

Shape up 4 Cancer Surgery in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support is a free exercise, nutrition and psychological wellbeing programme that aims to improve the health of patients undergoing cancer surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Delivered to patients in partnership with Active Leeds, the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, the programme helps people with certain cancers prepare for and recover from surgery through the provision of guided physical activity, nutrition and psychological wellbeing support. This is the first partnership of its kind in Leeds.
  • FAQs

    Who is this for, what happens during the clinic and what can I expect?

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  • Exercise 4 Cancer

    Being active and exercising is one part of preparation for cancer treatment. Our team helps create a personalised exercise and movement plan for those newly diagnosed with cancer.

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  • Nutrition 4 Cancer

    The most important message is to continue to 'eat well'.
    Choosing a wide variety of food and a well-balanced diet can help you feel better and optimise your energy levels.

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Why Shape Up?

Being diagnosed with cancer is a stressful time for patients and those around them. We know that there are many positives in having good preparation, ‘prehabilitation’, and active recovery pathways in cancer care.

Physical activity, eating well and psychological support are all core to improving return to health outcomes and quality of life. The benefits of staying as fit and healthy as possible prior to starting treatment. Being fitter generally means that the chances of developing complications are decreased and recovery is faster and easier.

By improving mental health, it’s more likely that the emotional distress associated with cancer treatment is lightened.

Through this programme, we hope patients are able to get back to the activities that are important to them after treatment.

Who is this for?

This is initially a pilot programme for specific pathways from four cancer specialities. We hope to expand this as we learn from the pilot, work with patients and progress.

  • Urology: bladder cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Stomach cancer, oesophageal cancer

Click on one of the areas above to find out more about what you can expect at your appointment and from the programme.