Sami Mansfield is an Oncology Exercise Specialist and the founder Cancer Wellness for Life, a organization focused on developing exercise programs for individuals, hospitals, and corporations. Her specialties include developing individual exercise and wellness plans, lifestyle coaching and supportive tools to help patients and their caregivers reach their individual goals.
While Sami has been actively involved with exercise since she was 16 years old, she began to focus her career exclusively on cancer in 2003. Her early focus was on helping breast cancer survivors lose weight, recover from surgical limitations and use exercise to help with common late affects such as fatigue, chemobrain and lymphedema. Over time, her experience expanded into other disease types and stages of cancer including advanced cancer for BMT patients undergoing transplant. Sami sees first hand the importance of exercise to reduce side effects, maintain strength and the ability to withstand and recover from aggressive treatments and surgeries. She is known to be very passionate about the importance of exercise and even motivates her clinical staff to be more active to take care of themselves.
While each patient requires a personalized exercise program, the similarity of the benefits of exercise are consistent across her patient population in that nearly all patients feel better, get stronger and can function at a higher level than those who don’t exercise. Because each patient is unique, having the ability to work with a highly trained cancer exercise specialist who understands the medical side of cancer is a significant advantage for those who access her services.
Sami has been involved in several clinical trials looking at the impact and outcomes of exercise specifically a functional resistance program for those impacted by cancer. She is currently helping to create better measures for these and quality of life within KU Cancer Center. Sami is a certified cancer exercise trainer and a Crossfit Certified Level 1 trainer. She is actively working on blending these together to help survivors meet their goals and live a healthier life.