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At Maple Tree, our services are available to anyone – regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, gender, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran! All are welcome!

The role of exercise in relieving cancer treatment related side effects has been extensively investigated, and has produced promising results. Research indicates that the combination of aerobic exercise and strength training improves the quality of life and overall physical fitness of cancer survivors, lending credibility to the use of exercise as an effective intervention to cancer treatment.

The Maple Tree Cancer Alliance employs certified clinical cancer exercise specialists who design a personalized, structured progression of cancer rehabilitation for each patient, from the initiation of cancer treatment throughout cancer remission. In general, four basic phases of rehabilitation are employed:

Phase I  Patients who are presently receiving chemotherapy or radiation

Phase II  Patients who only had surgery/hormone treatment, or have completed chemotherapy/radiation

Phase III  Patients who complete Phase II exercise program

Phase IV Patients who have completed Phase II and III and who are apparently healthy

Each exercise intervention is individualized according to the patient’s health status and goals, and all sessions are completed one-on-one with the clinical cancer exercise specialist.

Program Objectives:

The primary objectives of the exercise program are to:

  • Improve overall quality of life
  • Increase strength and endurance
  • Manage treatment-related side effects
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve treatment tolerance


One training session per week: FREE
This FREE service ($40/month value) is paid through donations and by our annual fundraising events, so there is no cost to the patient for once per week training sessions.

Exercise Questions?

“This exercise program really helps to make the lifestyle adjustments — learning the exercise routines and good nutrition habits — that not only will help me completely heal, but also will help reduce the risk of cancer in the future. I really feel I am working hand in hand with my treatment team to truly beat my cancer, and able to do it close to home. I am so grateful for this type of care. ”

Julie, Bellbrook

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Nutritional guidance during cancer treatments is very important, since cancer treatments typically result in side effects that lead to eating problems. Such side effects include trouble swallowing, sore mouth, dry mouth, thick saliva, altered taste and smell, nausea and vomiting, decreased appetite and constipation. Nutritional interventions specific to these side effects have been shown to contribute shorter hospital stays, decreased healthcare costs, faster healing, increased tolerance to treatment duration and higher treatment dosages, as well as decreased complications during their cancer treatment.

A Registered Dietitian is available to provide nutritional counseling, develop meal plans, and monitor the body weight, caloric, and dietary needs of a person diagnosed with and being treated for cancer.

Each individual will be given a personalized dietary plan according to their specific needs and goals. Dietary plans will be closely monitored and changed according to the client’s changing nutritional health requirements throughout their battle with cancer.

Program Objectives:

The purpose of nutritional guidance is to help the patient:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Improve treatment tolerance
  • Manage treatment-related side effects
  • Improve eating habits

Think of Healthy Foods as Part of Your Medicine.

Healthy foods play an important role in the nutrition care process whether as a cancer survivor, in treatment, as a caretaker or when trying to prevent this disease. Consuming nutrient-dense, whole foods is the goal with less emphasis on processed, convenience foods that are full of fat, salt, sugar, additives and preservatives. Emphasis on a plant-based intake with lean protein, colorful fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy or dairy alternative, and healthy fats while staying well hydrated are good practices that enable you to enjoy delicious foods that nourish your body.

These websites provide an abundance of information on eating tips, recipes, meal planning, budget shopping, etc., for everyday eating. Explore and enjoy!


Nutrition Questions?

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We realize that receiving news of a cancer diagnosis is life-changing. After receiving such news, it is very common to feel scared, sad, and angry. At Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, we promote a Christian-based approach to spiritual health and healing. We meet monthly for structured prayer support groups and are also available for one-on-one prayer for both patients and their families.  In addition, a trained member of the clergy is available to offer spiritual guidance and support in health crisis situations.

Christian Churches in the Miami Valley:

Do you need help finding a church where you feel like you belong? Here is a valuable resource that might help you! This is a comprehensive listing of all the Christian churches in the Miami Valley, along with their worship times and doctrine statement. We hope it helps you connect with others who love and want to glorify God!

Journaling Through Cancer:

Sometimes people say that cancer stole their voice. They have a hard time verbalizing all of the emotions they are feeling during this difficult journey. To help with this, we offer a monthly class where cancer survivors are led through guided writing exercises, helping them put their thoughts into words. We meet the last thursday of each  month at Greater Dayton Cancer Center for this special class.

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At Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, we promote a Christian-based approach to spiritual health and healing. Jesus Christ changes lives everyday, and we believe that a relationship with Him is the most important step in your recovery process. (click on question to view message)

[accordion][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about strength?”]I can do everything through him who gives me strength. PHILIPPIANS 4:13

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. MATTHEW 11:28

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ISAIAH 40:29

My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. PSALM 119:28

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. PSALM 18:32-34

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. ISAIAH 40:31[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about fear?”]

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? PSALM 27:1

So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ISAIAH 41:10

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. LUKE 12:32

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. JOHN 14:27

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Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight. PROVERBS 3:5-6

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. PSALM 9:10

For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. PSALM 21:7

They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. PSALM 22:5

He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him.  Let Him deliver him, since He delights in him. PSALM 22:8

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.  My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. PSALM 28:7

Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me. JOHN 14:1

[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about faith?”]Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. HEBREWS 11:1

And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. HEBREWS 11:6

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. ROMANS 10:17[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about worry and anxiety?”]Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. PSALM 46:1-2

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, 
I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD Almighty is with us; 
the God of Jacob is our fortress. PSALM 46:10-11

Worry weighs a person down;
 an encouraging word cheers a person up. PROVERBS 12:25

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today’s trouble is enough for today. MATTHEW 6:34

Casting all your anxiety on Him,
 because He cares for you. 1 PETER 5:7[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about sickness?”]Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth. 3 JOHN 2

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. ISAIAH 53:5

But He said, what is impossible with men is possible with God. LUKE 18:27

Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. JAMES 5:14-15

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. JOHN 10:10[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about death?”]Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: 
“Death is swallowed up in victory. 
O death, where is your victory? 
O death, where is your sting?” 
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:54-57

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. PSALM 23:4

If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. ROMANS 14:8

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor deamons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God. ROMANS 8:38-39[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about heaven?”]In my Father’s house are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. JOHN 14: 1-3

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” REVELATION 21:3-4

Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord. 2 CORINTHIANS 5:8
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. PSALM 23:6

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body. PHILIPPIANS 3:20-21

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 TIMOTHY 4:7-8[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about hope?”]For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. JEREMIAH 29:11

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all – How will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? ROMANS 8:31-32[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”What does God say about comfort?”]Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-4

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. PSALM 34:18

He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries themclose to His heart. ISAIAH 40:11

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. REVELATION 21:3-4[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”How can I be sure I am going to Heaven?”]Salvation is a free gift from God. EPHESIANS 2:8-9

1.  First, we must realize we have sinned and broken God’s law of love. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Romans 2:23

2.  Because we are sinners, we have been separated from God. For the wages of sin is death.Romans 6:23

3.  Because God loves us, He gave His Son, Jesus, to bear our sin and die in our place. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12-13

Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24

4.  Jesus had to shed His blood and die. For the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11) and without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22)

5. Thank the Lord Jesus because He died for our sins on the Cross. Christ’s death enables a person to be holy, blameless, and free from guilt. Colossians 1:21-22

If you want to accept Christ as your savior and turn from your sins, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord by praying a prayer like this: “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you into my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”[/accordion_item][accordion_item open=”” title=”How do I begin a relationship with Jesus?”]1. Read your Bible daily. Take your bible to a place where you can be alone. Ask God to speak to you and to reveal Himself to you. Be ready to listen and do what God says as you pray about the words you read.

2. Attend church services regularly. The Bible encourages us to meet together regularly with other believers (HEBREWS 10:25).  It is important to find a church that preaches God’s Truth.

3. Get involved in a ministry. Most churches offer small groups and many ministry opportunities. Pray and ask God about your unique gifts and how you can use them to glorify God and serve others.

4. Pray daily. Prayer is simply talking to God. There are no right or wrong words. Just be authentic. Give thanks to the Lord daily for your salvation. Pray for others in need. Pray for direction. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Pray for peace and comfort. Pray for strength. Pray scripture verses you have memorized. Pray for the Lord to fill you daily with His Holy Spirit. Pray for the Lord to speak to you in ways that you will understand. You can pray anytime, anywhere.[/accordion_item][/accordion]

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At Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, we are committed to improving the quality of lives of individuals battling cancer. To ensure our patients are receiving the very best palliative care possible, we have developed a solid research program aimed at studying the effects of regular exercise and proper nutrition in cancer treatment. Below is a list of recent publications produced by our team of researchers.

Practitioner-based Books:

Wonders, KY (2013). Exercise Programming for Cancer Patients. Transworld Research Network. Kerala, IN. ISBN: 978-81-7895-581-0.

Book Chapters:

Wonders, K.Y., Stout, B. (2016). The Role of Exercise in Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Neurooncology. In Tech.

Wonders, K.Y. (2015). A Comprehensive Fitness and Nutrition Plan for Cancer Survivors. In R Mohan (Ed.), Cancer Treatment. Book 3. In Tech.

Wonders, K.Y. (2012). The Role of Exercise in Cancer Survivorship. In R Mohan (Ed.),
Cancer Treatment. Book 2. In Tech.

Reigle, B.S. & Wonders, K.  (2008).  Breast cancer in women and the role of exercise. In M. Verma (ed.),Cancer Epidemiology.  Totowa, NJ:  The Humana Press.

Published Articles:

Wonders, KY, Stout, B., Ondreka, D. (2016). Group-based exercise improves fitness parameters in previously sedentary individuals with cancer. International Journal of Innovative Medicine and Health Science (7), 12-16.

Wonders, KY, Stout, B., Ondreka, D. (2016). A model approach to group exercise in cancer survivors. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research.

Wonders, KY., Leedom, E., Sheets, M. (2016). Role of Nutrition and Exercise in the Prevention of the Onset of Cancer. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine, (6) 1-4.

Sackett, L., Nelson, M., & Wonders, K.Y. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Yoga in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Adjuvant Radiation and/or Chemotherapy Following Breast Surgery. Jacobs Journal of Cancer Science and Research, 1(4): 021-026.

Robichaux, A.M. & Wonders, K.Y. (2015) Nutrition Intervention Strategies to Maintain Body Weight of Head and Neck Cancer Patients. Jacobs Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine, 1(1):1-3.

Moris, C. & Wonders, K.Y. (2015). Concise Review on the Safety of Exercise on Symptoms of Lymphedema.World Journal of Clinical Oncology, 6(4):43-44.

Wonders, KY (2014). The Effect of Supervised Exercise Training on Chemotherapy-Induced Exercise Training. International Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2:(4) 210-215.

Wonders, KY, Bergman, D., & Drury, DG (2014). An Investigation of the Maxagrip Handle Design on Muscular Strength and Gripping Comfort: A Pilot Study.  Journal of Exercise Physiology, Online. 17(3):46-57.

Wonders, KY, Whisler, G., Loy, H., Holt, B., Bohachek, K., Wise, R. (2013). Ten Weeks of Home-Based Exercise Attenuates Symptoms of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Patients. Health Psychology Research Journal, 1(3):149-153.

Wonders, KY, Loy, H., Holt, B., Bohachek, K., Wise, R. (2013). Examining the Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Spiritual Fitness in Cancer Patients. World Journal of Translational Medicine, 2(2): 22-26.

Wonders, KY, Jennings, J, & Smith, K. (2012). A Comprehensive Cancer Care Plan: Examining the
Role of Exercise, Nutrition, and Emotional Support in Cancer Recovery. Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine, S1:003

Wonders, KY & Drury, DG (2012). Current exercise behaviors of breast cancer patients diagnosed with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Journal of Integrative Oncology, 1(1): 103-107.

Wonders, KY & Drury, DG. (2011). Exercise intensity as a determinant of exercise induced hypoalgesia.Journal of Exercise Physiology online,14(4):134-144

Wonders, KY. Reigle, BS, & Drury, DG. (2010). Treatment strategies for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: Potential role of exercise rehabilitation. Oncology Reviews, 4(2): 117-25.

Wonders, KY & Drury, DG. (2010). Orthostatic-induced hypotension attenuates cold pressor pain perception. Journal of Exercise Physiology, online, 13(1): 21-32.

Orlowski, M., Husain, M., Wonders, KY, & Hallam, JS. (2010). The relationship of beliefs and access to mammography history in low-income women. The American Journal of Health Studies, 25(2): 78-85.

Wonders, KY  & Drury, DG. (2010).  Orthostatic-induced hypotension attenuates cold pressor pain perception.  Journal of Exercise Physiology, online, 13(1): 21-32.

Hydock, DS, Wonders, KY, Schneider, CM, & Hayward, R.  (2009). Voluntary Wheel running in rats receiving doxorubicin:  effects on running activity and cardiac myosin heavy chain.  Anticancer Research, 29(11): 4401-7.

Wonders, K.Y, Hydock, D., Greufe, S., Schneider, C., & Hayward, R. (2009).  Endurance Exercise Training Preserves Cardiac Function in Rats Receiving Doxorubicin and the HER-2 Inhibitor GW2974.  Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, 64(6): 1105-13.

Wonders, K.Y., Reigle, B.S. (2009). Trastuzumab and Doxorubicin-Related Cardiotoxicity and the Cardioprotective Role of Exercise.  Integrative Cancer Therapies, 8(1): 17-21.

Wonders, K.Y., Hydock, D.S., Schneider, C.M., Hayward, R. (2008).  Acute exercise attenuates doxorubicin-induced cardiac dysfunction.  Integrative Cancer Therapies, 7(3): 147-54.

Drury, D.G. & Wonders, K.Y.  (2008).  Unmasking pain.  NATA: Training & Conditioning, 18(4): 51-7.

Wonders, K.Y., Hydock, D.S., Hayward, R. (2007). Time course of changes in cardiac function during recovery after acute exercise.  Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 32: 1164-9.

Hydock, D.S., Wonders, K.Y., Schneider, C.M., Hayward, R.  Endurance training protects against androgen deprivation therapy-induced cardiac dysfunction.  (2006).  Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, 9(4), 392-98.