What’s involved in the program?

The program is a balanced approach that focuses on strengthening, stretching, balance and cardiovascular conditioning. It meets twice a week for 12 weeks. Each session lasts for 75 minutes and is led by certified fitness trainers who have training in working with cancer survivors. The groups are small so you will receive individualized attention throughout the program.

Is this program appropriate for me?

People come to LSLW at different times in their journey back to health following a cancer diagnosis. Some participants come with a strong history of exercise in their lives and are looking to return to the prior levels they were at before and beyond. Others come with very little experience with exercise and want to learn how to safely work out in a group setting before venturing out on their own.

Everyone comes with a different baseline and can expect to increase their strength, endurance and flexibility during the program and to leave with the confidence to move forward independently. We meet you where you are and can help you meet your goals, no matter the level. You do need to be able to walk independently. If you have mobility issues contact us before you register.

What kind of feedback do you get about the program?

More than 1700 people have come through the program. Everyone has reported they’ve gotten stronger, no matter what level they were when they started, and practically everyone has reported that they feel less fatigue and more vitality by the end of the program.

What do I need to do for the first day?

The first day is an orientation day. Just wear your regular clothes, as we won’t be exercising that day. You don’t need to bring anything. Please come to front desk and someone will tell you where to go. We’ll get acquainted, answer questions, set some goals, and you’ll be filling out a few forms.

What kind of commitment do I need to make?

Please commit to being there every time, except, of course, for emergencies. It only works if your are present and participating. The small group environment creates support and community between participants and your presence at every session is integral to the both your individual and the group’s success.

Do I need to be a member to join the program?

You do not need to be a member in order to participate in the program. You will have membership, where you are enrolled in the program, for the full 12 weeks of the program and you can come in and use all their facilities outside of the LSLW program hours.

Do I need to be a Stanford patient to join the program?

You do not need to be a past or current patient at Stanford in order to participate in the program. Anyone who meets the criteria may participate. 

How much does the program cost?

We are able to offer the program at no cost to you because we have funding from a physician, community organizations, Stanford University, the Y, and Lifestyle Rx at Stanford Health Care - ValleyCare, but donations are always encouraged, needed and welcome, and are tax deductible.

May I go through the program more than once?

In order to make the program available to new cancer survivors who want to join, you may only attend the program one time unless you have a cancer recurrence or are unable to complete the program due to medical issues.

I have a few questions, whom do I contact?

Please feel comfortable in contacting us if you think of anything you’d like to ask or discuss.

We’re looking forward to having you in the program.

Joyce Hanna, MA, MS
Director, Living Strong Living Well
JoyceHanna@stanford.edu 650-725-5014

Julie Anderson, MPH
Associate Director, Living Strong Living Well
Julie.Anderson@stanford.edu 650-725-4416