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UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program

When someone first learns they have cancer, physical activity and exercise may be the last thing on their mind. But research shows that being active can help improve both your physical and mental health.

The UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program aims to help you manage the symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment.

To learn more about Moving Through Cancer at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, call 412-623-3427 or email

What Is Exercise Oncology?

Exercise oncology focuses on improving fitness and function before, during, and after cancer treatment.

A cancer exercise specialist will tailor physical activity and exercise programs, which may include:

  • Resistance.
  • Aerobics.
  • Mobility.
  • Balance.

Being active may reduce the chance and severity of adverse effects of cancer and treatment.

What Is the UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program?

The UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program can help anyone with cancer regardless of age, treatment, stage, and activity status.

It uses trusted methods to meet patients where they are through the Exercise in Cancer Evaluation and Decision Support (EXCEEDS) algorithm.

Led by Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, and Melanie Potiaumpai, PhD, at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center's flagship facility in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, the program:

  • Screens for issues that may be limiting your function and quality of life.
  • Teaches you about physical activity, exercise, and making healthy lifestyle adjustments.
  • Focuses on improving physical health and quality of life through customized and progressive exercise plans.

Who Can Take Part in the UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program?

As of January 2023, the program is open to persons currently having treatment on the second and third floors of UPMC Hillman in Shadyside. Additional locations are opening, so stay tuned for more information.

Based on your function and our assessment, you may qualify for:

Contact the UPMC Moving Through Cancer Program

To schedule your first visit, call 412-623-3427 or email:

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

5115 Centre Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15232