Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact us if you have any further questions we have not answered below.

How much does an Active Against Cancer programme cost?

It is FREE! Active Against Cancer is an NHS service for cancer patients in Harrogate.

How can I get involved?

If you are a cancer patient in Harrogate, you can be referred to Active Against Cancer by any of your healthcare professionals, including Cancer Nurse Specialists, GPs and Oncologists.

You can also get involved with Active Against Cancer as a volunteer. We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals to help our cause by assisting with walks, raising awareness and providing support to other clients. Contact info.activeagainstcancer@nhs.net to register your interest.

Can I use the other facilities at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre?

Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre has a café/bar area, serving hot and cold food and drinks all day. It also has male, female and disabled changing and shower facilities. All of which are available for Active Against Cancer patients to make use of.

Can I bring a friend / family member / career to my class?

Yes! One friend / family member / career is welcome to attend your class with you. We can accommodate them within the studio space however they won’t be able to take part. Please let us know when booking if you intend to bring someone with you. This does not apply to our WALK & TALK sessions, where all friends / family / careers are welcome to take part.

I am part way through my treatment programme – is it too late to get involved in Active Against Cancer?

No! Please ask your CNS or other health professional to refer you at any time in your cancer pathway.

Where can I park when visiting Active Against Cancer?

There is ample free parking available at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre.

I am unable to travel regularly to Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre – is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes! You will be required to attend an initial assessment with one of our specialised physiotherapists however; our trainers can provide ‘at home’ activity programmes for those who are unable to travel regularly. Please make a member of our team aware of your situation during your assessment.

Can I raise money for Active Against Cancer?

Yes! If you have an upcoming charitable event you are able to raise money for Active Against Cancer. All money raised will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research, the charity funding the service. Please contact us on info.activeagainstcancer@nhs.net and so we can provide you with a fundraising pack. You can also donate to our page CLICK HERE

I don’t know how I will feel during my treatment and don’t want to commit to a programme – is Active Against Cancer still for me?

Yes! We appreciate that how you feel during your treatment period may vary day-to-day. You are able to book onto any of our classes on an individual basis without committing to coming regularly. We run classes at all times of the day, so that there is something to suit everyone.

I have never exercised before – is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes! Our specialised trainers put on a wide variety of sessions and there is something available for everyone. Clients are welcome to visit Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre ahead of starting an activity programme.

I have been exercising regularly before my diagnosis – is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes! Our specialised trainers put on a wide variety of sessions and there is something available for everyone. If you are accustomed to regular exercise, we can also provide support and guidance on the best activities to incorporate into your existing programme.

How long after surgery should I wait before returning to Active Against Cancer?

This will differ from person to person, and depend on the particular surgery you have had. We will be in contact with all existing Active Against Cancer patients 6 weeks post-surgery, to discuss your options. Patients are welcome to contact us at any time and continue socialising at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre at all stages of treatment.

I am undergoing non-surgical treatment – is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes! Increasing your activity levels through regular exercise can help tackle many of the side effects of cancer treatment including fatigue, lymphodema and depression. Patients are also welcome to continue socialising at Harrogate Sports and Fitness Centre at all stages of treatment.

I have a stoma – is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes! Active Against Cancer is designed to meet the needs of all cancer patients. Active Against Cancer is the best place to exercise, amongst peers whom may be experiencing similar challenges.

I am taking medication for another illness - is Active Against Cancer for me ?

Yes! During your initial assessment we will ask you questions about any other conditions you may have and all the medication you are currently taking. This will enable us to make the best choices for you regarding the type of exercise and activities we recommend.

Is there a limit to how many Active Against Cancer classes I can attend?

No! We want you to be as fit as possible giving you every chance for the best outcome.

I would feel uncomfortable about exercising with the opposite sex - Is Active Against Cancer for me?

Yes ! Our Active Man and Active Woman classes are gender specific classes.

Do I need special gym kit to attend Active Against Cancer Classes ?

No! All we ask is that you wear comfortable clothing and sensible footwear.  Our team are always on hand to advise you what you’ll need and we’ll provide the rest.