Supporting prostate cancer research

Delivering an individualised web-based exercise intervention to support men with metastatic prostate cancer: A pilot randomised control trial.

Dr Camille Short, Melbourne Centre for Behaviour Change, School of Psychological Sciences and School of Health Sciences (jointly appointed), University of Melbourne.

There is good evidence that participating in regular physical activity can help to reduce symptom distress and improve quality of life among men with metastatic prostate cancer. However, in most cases, expert advice is needed to ensure the exercise is conducted safely and that the type and amount of exercise will not exacerbate health issues. Support to stick with an exercise routine is also sometimes required.

While there are face-to-face exercise programs available, many men live too far away, are too unwell or lack funds to attend face-to-face sessions, especially on an ongoing basis. With advances in technology, it may be possible to address this barrier by providing individualised distance-based exercise support to men around Australia with metastatic prostate cancer via a website.

In this study, researchers are looking to determine whether an 8-week website-based exercise plus phone support program is safe, acceptable and feasible for men with metastatic prostate cancer. It will also investigate effects on quality of life, physical function and physical activity.

The website developed as part of this study will be the first to offer tailored exercise advice based on the users’ health status.

Ethics approval has been granted by the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee

Who is this study for?

You may be eligible for this study if you:

  • Have metastatic prostate cancer
  • Do not have severe bone pain which is due to bony metastases
  • Are not already meeting the resistance-training guidelines for cancer survivors (2 sessions per week) and not already completing 60 minutes of structured moderate-vigorous aerobic activity. You can meet one of these cut points and be eligible, but not both.
  • Are able to read and write in English
  • Have access to a computer with the internet
  • Have consent from your physician (General Practitioner, Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist or Urologist)
  • Provide a note from your physician detailing your diagnosis and the extent and location of any metastases

For more information:
Please see the study website to read the information sheet, register your interest and check your eligibility www.exerciseguide.org.au.

You can also contact:

Name: Ms Holly Evans

Phone: 08 8128 4043

Email: Holly.Evans@adelaide.edu.au

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