Marie works with cancer survivors Marie shares The Murphy (METs) Programme with a group of cancer survivors.

While working as a Consultant Exercise & Nutrition Specialist to Irish Cancer Society (2010- July 2013), Marie led 5 studies on breast, colorectal and prostate cancer survivors. She designed, developed and implemented The Murphy (METs) Programme, a 15 week cardiovascular and resistance training programme, followed by a 15 week progression phase and a one year follow-up. This programme was acknowledged by the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) 2012.

The successful implementation of a pilot physical activity programme for breast cancer survivors in Ireland

The Murphy Programme The Irish experience of delivering physical activity for cancer survivors

ICS Pilot Study Report (Breast Cancer Survivors) by Marie Murphy

ICS Second Study Report (Breast Cancer Survivors) by Marie Murphy

ICS Third Study Report (Bowel Cancer Survivors) by Marie Murphy


Marie’s other research interests include health behaviour change in all types of disease, and she is particularly interested in the role of diet and exercise in the adolescent population. Marie has a range of experience designing and delivering complex interventions in community settings as she has over 25 years of experience in the Health and Fitness Industry.

If you wish to avail of the Murphy (METs) Programme please contact Marie at email:

Some Interesting Studies

Nurses Health Study – Lifestyle and Health Among Women

Health, Eating, Activity and Life Style Study

Physical Activity and Survival after Diagnosis of Invasive Breast Cancer

Physical Activity and Risk of Recurrence and Mortality in Breast Cancer Survivors

Physical Activity and Survival after Breast Cancer Diagnosis



Optimizing Wellness Simms/Mann NEWS Spring 2008

Cancer and Nutrition – Lifestyle Matters Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology Dec. 2007


Below is an easy explanantion of the METs programme which Marie did for an initiative called ChooseToTri.

June O’Connell started ChooseToTri  after hearing a talk that Marie gave at Croke Park about the relationship between exercise and cancer prevention.

In this video, Marie explains METs in a clear and easy to understand way.