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Dr. Greg Wells Podcast #52: Dr. Daniel Santa Mina on Exercise Medicine

Published on December, 27th 2016
By Greg Wells

This week I had the great opportunity to chat with my colleague Dr. Daniel Santa Mina. Dan is leading the world in the use of exercise for cancer patients before, during and after treatment.

Dr. Santa Mina is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and has built the Wellness & Exercise for Cancer Survivors program (WE-Can) is now available to prostate and breast cancer patients at the Princess Margaret, with the goal to expand to all other cancer types.

“Considering the level of individualization needed for every person, you need everybody in that room.  This ensures we’re able to consider everything to deliver a safe and effective exercise program.”

Dr. Santa Mina and his team have been granted about $3-million in research-related funding in exercise and cancer, much of the activity to occur at WE-Can.  Prostate Cancer Canada, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the University of Guelph-Humber have all contributed.

“A lot’s happened in seven years,” says Dr. Santa Mina, enthusiastically.

“Imagine walking into a cancer centre, and seeing men and women on a treadmill, walking, lifting weights, dancing.  Cancer patients can have a lot of life to live.  We want to optimize that time, and exercise is the best at doing that when it’s a part of other treatments.”

“What we’re doing is changing the system.  We’re changing the face of cancer treatment so that more people can return to a quality of life they enjoyed pre-cancer.”

You can follow him on twitter @dr_santamina.

I hope you enjoy this conversation! Thanks for listening!!!

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