Exercise for Men with Prostate Cancer

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What is Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most common form of cancer among males in Australia, and in 2013 was the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in Australia. It is estimated that approximately 16,665 men will be diagnosed with PCa in 2017, and 3,452 will pass away due to PCa. Although there is a 95% chance of surviving 5 years following a PCa diagnosis, often the treatments for PCa can leave those men with extreme levels of fatigue, low self-reported quality of life, and detrimental effects on body composition and functional capacity.

How can exercise help?

Although this might sound all doom and gloom, the good news is that almost all of these side effects and more can be reduced, and even eliminated, through a well-structured and implemented exercise program. In fact, recent evidence suggests that exercise can improve survival rates in PCa by a whopping 35%! And the best part is we get all of these benefits with virtually no side effects. Other studies have shown that regular exercise can:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Increase muscle mass
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Improve upper and lower body power
  • Improve physical and social well-being
  • Reduce recovery time following radiation session
  • Improve survival rates

Where should I start?

Any type of exercise is going to be beneficial for you, especially if you don’t currently do any exercise, although there is some evidence to suggest that greater benefits can be had from doing some resistance exercise. This is particularly important if you are currently receiving any Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT), as the treatment often negatively impacts on muscle mass and strength. If you need assistance, make an appointment with our Exercise Physiologist to discuss further contact us via phone (03 5202 9333) or book online now www.kardiniahealth.com.au