Gynecological Cancer Research

EXCEL: Exercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well

EXCEL is a 12-week supervised virtual exercise program for individuals living in rural communities offering 2 group exercise sessions per week led by a trained professional. The program is designed to improve strength, cardio, balance, core stability, and mobility.

Purpose: Researchers from the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer would like to understand how the EXCEL exercise program may help with physical function and exercise behaviour in people living in rural communities who are diagnosed with cancer.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Have a cancer diagnosis
  2. 18 years or older
  3. Be able to participate in mild levels of physical activity
  4. Have good English comprehension
  5. Be pre-treatment, or receiving active cancer treatment, or have received cancer treatment within the past three years
  6. Can participate in a virtual program (e.g. computer/tablet/smartphone with video)
  7. Live in Rural BC (not Metro Vancouver, Greater Victoria or Kelowna)
    For a list of excluded regions, see below.

Upcoming dates for EXCEL
Dates and times are subject to change.

  • April 2nd to June 20th Tues/Thurs 8:15-9:15am
  • April 2nd to June 20th Tues/Thurs 4:30-5:30pm
  • April 3rd to June 26th Mon/Wed 12:30-1:30pm

Referral Process:
Direct referrals can be made by email or a patient can self-refer.
For all referrals, please contact: 
Sean Sawer (Research Coordinator)
Email:  exercise.research@ubc.ca
Phone:  604-827-1914 (ask about EXCEL)

GRACE: Gynecological Cancer Balance Assessment Study

Purpose: Researchers at UBC / BC Cancer are evaluating balance instruments to determine which questionnaires and balance tests are most appropriate for people with gynecological cancers. This information will help inform the selection of future evaluation tools in cancer exercise research.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Age 18 years or older
  2. Diagnosed with a gynecological cancer
  3. Completed primary chemotherapy/radiation treatment (within the last two years)
  4. If received surgery, at least 3 months post-operative 
  5. Able to ambulate independently (with or without gait aides)
  6. Communicate sufficiently in English to consent, complete questionnaires and follow testing instructions safely
  7. Able to attend an in-person one-hour assessment in Vancouver 

Referral Process:
This study is open and welcomes referrals from oncology teams as well as directly from patients. Direct referrals can be made by email or a patient can self-refer.

For all referrals, please contact:

Kendra Zadravec (Study Coordinator)
Email: exercise.research@ubc.ca
Phone:  604-827-1914 (ask about GRACE)