EXercise for Cancer to Enhance Living Well

What Is the EXCEL Study?

EXCEL is a 5-year research project, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and the Alberta Cancer Foundation (ACF). 

Goals of the EXCEL Study

EXCEL is conducted through the Health and Wellness Lab at the University of Calgary within the Faculty of Kinesiology. This study will aim to reduce health disparities in rural remote cancer survivors by integrating exercise programs into their wellness journey. The goal of this study is to:

1. Reduce side effects: fatigue, lymphedema, anxiety, and depression
2. Improve recovery: increase physical function, sleep, and bone health
3. Enhance quality of life, may increase survival outcomes, and may decrease risk of recurrence.

Zamplo's Role

The involvement of Zamplo Research is to help those living in rural areas who participate in the study to: 

To find out more, including eligibly, click here.

Meet the Principal Investigator Behind the Study

Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed

B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Dr. Culos-Reed is a professor in Health and Exercise Psychology within the Faculty of Kinesiology, as well as a professor in the Department of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Her work is on Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors and focuses on understanding and increasing the quality of life for cancer survivors and patients.

To learn more about Dr. Nicole Culos-Reed and her work, click here.


Excel Study and Ethics

The EXCEL Study has received ethics approval from the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta Cancer Committee (HREBA-CC). HREBA-CC implements ethical oversight and review in Alberta for protocols and annual renewals for cancer and cancer-related research involving humans and their personal information. 


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