Alberta Cancer Exercise Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study (ACE)

  • End date
    Jun 30, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Alberta
Updated on 4 October 2022
cancer treatment
primary cancer


The primary purpose of this proposed 5-year hybrid effectiveness and implementation study is to evaluate the relative benefit from, and implementation of an Alberta wide clinic-to-community-based cancer and exercise model of care - the Alberta Cancer Exercise (ACE) Program. The investigators hypothesize that the strategy will improve the physical well-being and QoL of survivors (on and off cancer treatment) while preventing the development of secondary cancers.


A total of 2500 adult cancer survivors will be enrolled in the 5-year study. The investigators will build capacity by expanding ACE training and programming to sites beyond the large urban centers. The investigators plan for implementation in 7 Alberta YMCAs and/or City Recreation facilities within 3 years, as well as to formally establish partnerships within AHS to build further capacity across the province within existing AHS programming (e.g., CancerControl Rehab Services, Alberta Healthy Living Program and Primary Care Network). Virtual and supported home-based options will be available as an alternative.

Eligible and consenting participants will be screened for exercise safety, and following fitness testing will be triaged to appropriate exercise programming in their home or community. The exercise intervention will take place at the survivor's home, YMCAs and municipal fitness centres across the province. The supported home-based and community-based exercise program will be administered by exercise specialists who have undergone the ACE Cancer and Exercise: Training for Fitness Professionals course. Survivors will take part in a combination of aerobic, resistance, balance, and flexibility exercises delivered in a circuit-type class setting or group personal training format, twice weekly for an 8-to-12-week period.

Effectiveness outcomes include physical fitness, physical activity, quality of life, and healthcare utilization. These outcomes are known factors associated with the secondary prevention of cancer. The RE-AIM framework will be used to evaluate program reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance. The Alberta Quality Matrix for Health will serve as a framework to inform program sustainability beyond the funding period. Through this research, the investigators will better understand the effectiveness of the ACE program, and evaluate processes to support future implementation and sustainability.

Condition Neoplasms
Treatment Exercise
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02984163
SponsorUniversity of Alberta
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

have a diagnosis of cancer
be over the age of 18 years
be able to participate in low-intensity levels of activity at minimum
be pretreatment, or receiving active cancer treatment (i.e., surgery, systemic therapy and radiation therapy), or have received cancer treatment within the past 3 years; or have ongoing significant cancer or treatment-related impairments (requiring supportive exercise intervention)
be able to provide informed written consent in English

Exclusion Criteria

Inability or deemed unsafe to participate in physical activity program
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