Supporting prostate cancer research

EXERCISE THERAPY: Counteracting mental health issues in men with prostate cancer through exercise.

A/Prof Prue Cormie, Australian Catholic University, VIC.

Summary of project

The objective of this study is to test the effect of a targeted exercise program for prostate cancer patients. The aim of the program is to help manage distress in these men.

Participants in this study will be randomly divided into two groups. Participants in one group will attend a 3 months’ physical exercise intervention program that involves resistance (i.e. lifting weights) and aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, cycling). These will be undertaken 3 times per week at various community-based fitness centres or gyms throughout Melbourne and in Shepparton. Exercise sessions will take approximately 60 minutes and will be conducted in small groups under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist. Participants in the second group will maintain usual care for 6 months and will then be offered the exercise intervention. All participants will be asked to complete questionnaires at the start, then after 3 months and 6 months, to assess mental health and quality of life. They will also undergo fitness tests and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans to evaluate changes in physical fitness levels and body composition.

Who is this study for?

You may be eligible to join if you are a male who is experiencing psychological distress after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Please contact the researchers for further details.

Ethics approval

Ethics approval has been granted through St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Austin Health and Australian Catholic University.

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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