Supporting prostate cancer research

Prostate Cancer Health and Fitness Online: The development and pilot testing of an internet physical activity program for prostate cancer survivors.

Dr Camille Short, University of Adelaide

Research has shown that participating in physical activity is beneficial for prostate cancer survivors. Some men have expressed interest to use the internet as a way to find information on their own. This study asks whether an internet program could be a good way for men to receive information about physical activity.

The aim of this study is to evaluate the website. To do this, we will randomise people into the main website program or into the control website program for a period of 4 weeks. This is to ask if our program is any better than the cancer and exercise information already out there on the internet. Those who are randomly placed into the control group can have access to the main program after 4 weeks.

Our website will give personally tailored advice to you, provide examples of exercises one can do from home as video tutorials or as pictures, act as an activity tracker. You can submit questions to our “frequently asked questions” to our exercise physiologist who will give video response. It will not cost any money to participate.

This study has ethics approval through the University of Adelaide Human Research Ethics Committee

Who is this study for?

  • You may be eligible for this study if you are:Have been diagnosed with localised or locally advanced prostate cancer
  • Have had and completed active treatment for prostate cancer (surgery, radiotherapy, brachytherapy) and are in remission
  • It is OK to be on hormone treatment and participate
  • Can read and understand English fluently
  • Have no medical issues that might stop you being active (please speak to your doctor if you are unsure whether you should participate)
  • Have access to a computer with internet speeds capable of video content.

The oncological guidelines say you need to do 2.5 hours of cardio-based activity AND two or more strengthen sessions a week.

If you are not currently doing one or both of the components, then you can do the program.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Those with metastatic cancer
  • Those with localised cancer who are on active surveillance

If you are interested in this study:

Find the survey at this link.

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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