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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – This week’s Wednesday’s Warriors features a new program at UT Arlington for people fighting cancer.

Suzanne Dudek is one of nearly 50 cancer patients taking advantage of the new Fit Steps Program at UT Arlington.

“It helps me mentally, it makes me feel strong, helps me with that strength,” said Dudek. “I feel like it’s behind me, I can rebuild, feel better about myself.”

Science says exercise and balance work before during and after cancer treatments makes a difference. Every member has a custom program built to address any weaknesses brought on by chemotherapy or other debilitating cancer treatments.

“Cancer patients, when they go through their therapy, you find their fitness is about 10 to 15 percent lower, their physiologically age by about a decade,” said UTA professor Mark Haykowsky.

The other big upside?

“It’s an ok place to come if you don’t have hair! Nobody judges you at all, it’s a safe place,” said Dudek. “This offered me so much more. It offered me support from people here, other survivors who’ve been through the same thing.”

For a Fit Steps for Life referral form, click here.

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