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Butts in Motion - Virtual Fitness and Exercise for Prostate Cancer Patients in Canada

Getting physical exercise is the most valuable thing a prostate cancer patient can do to increase his chances of having a good and long life. 


Here are some of the papers from recent medical literature showing that this benefit is true for all patients whether they have advanced disease or are on active surveillance.

Effects of Exercise During Radiation Therapy on Physical Function and Treatment-Related Side Effects in Men With Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Schumacher O, Luo H, Taaffe DR, Galvão DA, Tang C, Chee R, Spry N, Newton RU. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2021 Nov 1;111(3):716-731. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2021.06.034.


Obesity and low levels of physical activity impact on cardiopulmonary fitness in older men after treatment for prostate cancer.

Faithfull S, Lemanska A, Poole K, Aning J, Manders R, Marshall J, Saxton J, Turner L, Griffin B. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2021 Nov;30(6):e13476. doi: 10.1111/ecc.13476.


Effects of Exercise on Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Biochemical Progression in Men With Localized Prostate Cancer Under Active Surveillance: The ERASE Randomized Clinical Trial.

Kang DW, Fairey AS, Boulé NG, Field CJ, Wharton SA, Courneya KS. JAMA Oncol. 2021 Oct 1;7(10):1487-1495. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.3067.


High-intensity interval training or resistance training versus usual care in men with prostate cancer on active surveillance: a 3-arm feasibility randomized controlled trial.

Papadopoulos E, Gillen J, Moore D, Au D, Kurgan N, Klentrou P, Finelli A, Alibhai SMH, Santa Mina D. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2021 Aug 11:1-10. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2021-0365. Online ahead of print.


The impact of a hospital-based exercise oncology program on cancer treatment-related side effects among rural cancer survivors.

Coletta AM, Rose NB, Johnson AF, Moxon DS, Trapp SK, Walker D, White S, Ulrich CM, Agarwal N, Oza S, Zingg RW, Hansen PA. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Aug;29(8):4663-4672. doi: 10.1007/s00520-021-06010-5. Epub 2021 Jan 27.


High-intensity interval training produces a significant improvement in fitness in less than 31 days before surgery for urological cancer: a randomised control trial.

Blackwell JEM, Doleman B, Boereboom CL, Morton A, Williams S, Atherton P, Smith K, Williams JP, Phillips BE, Lund JN. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 Dec;23(4):696-704. doi: 10.1038/s41391-020-0219-1. Epub 2020 Mar 10.


Can Exercise Adaptations Be Maintained in Men with Prostate Cancer Following Supervised Programmes? Implications to the COVID-19 Landscape of Urology and Clinical Exercise.

Lopez P, Taaffe DR, Newton RU, Spry N, Shannon T, Frydenberg M, Saad F, Galvão DA. Eur Urol Open Sci. 2020 Oct;21:47-50. doi: 10.1016/j.euros.2020.09.002. Epub 2020 Oct 2.


The Effect of Exercise on Body Composition and Physical Performance in Prostate Cancer Patients Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT): A Narrative Synthesis.

Logan L, Toohey K, Kavanagh PS, Paterson C, McKune AJ. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2020 Oct;36(5):151067. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2020.151067. Epub 2020 Sep 30.


The Phys-Can observational study: adjuvant chemotherapy is associated with a reduction whereas physical activity level before start of treatment is associated with maintenance of maximal oxygen uptake in patients with cancer.

Wiestad TH, Raastad T, Nordin K, Igelström H, Henriksson A, Demmelmaier I, Berntsen S. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2020 Sep 3;12:53. doi: 10.1186/s13102-020-00205-9. eCollection 2020.  


Timing of exercise for muscle strength and physical function in men initiating ADT for prostate cancer.

Newton RU, Galvão DA, Spry N, Joseph D, Chambers SK, Gardiner RA, Hayne D, Taaffe DR. Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2020 Sep;23(3):457-464. doi: 10.1038/s41391-019-0200-z. Epub 2020 Feb 4.


Maintaining Weight Loss in Obese Men with Prostate Cancer Following a Supervised Exercise and Nutrition Program-A Pilot Study.

Wilson RL, Taaffe DR, Newton RU, Hart NH, Lyons-Wall P, Galvão DA. Cancers (Basel). 2021 Jul 7;13(14):3411. doi: 10.3390/cancers13143411.


Perceptions of wellbeing and quality of life following participation in a community-based pre-operative exercise programme in men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer: A qualitative pilot study. 

Loughney L, McGowan R, O'Malley K, McCaffrey N, Furlong B, Walsh D. PLoS One. 2021 Jun 10;16(6):e0253018. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0253018. eCollection 2021.


Does exercise intensity matter for fatigue during (neo-)adjuvant cancer treatment? The Phys-Can randomized clinical trial. 

Demmelmaier I, Brooke HL, Henriksson A, Mazzoni AS, Bjørke ACH, Igelström H, Ax AK, Sjövall K, Hellbom M, Pingel R, Lindman H, Johansson S, Velikova G, Raastad T, Buffart LM, Åsenlöf P, Aaronson NK, Glimelius B, Nygren P, Johansson B, Börjeson S, Berntsen S, Nordin K. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2021 May;31(5):1144-1159. doi: 10.1111/sms.13930. Epub 2021 Mar 2.


A pilot feasibility randomized controlled trial adding behavioral counseling to supervised physical activity in prostate cancer survivors: behavior change in prostate cancer survivors trial (BOOST).

Trinh L, Kramer AF, Rowland K, Strom DA, Wong JN, McAuley E. J Behav Med. 2021 Apr;44(2):172-186. doi: 10.1007/s10865-020-00185-8. Epub 2020 Sep.


Weight Loss for Obese Prostate Cancer Patients on Androgen Deprivation Therapy.

Wilson RL, Newton RU, Taaffe DR, Hart NH, Lyons-Wall P, Galvão DA. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Mar 1;53(3):470-478. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002509.


Resistance Exercise Dosage in Men with Prostate Cancer: Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Meta-regression.

Lopez P, Taaffe DR, Newton RU, Galvão DA. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2021 Mar 1;53(3):459-469. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002503.

Exercise medicine for the management of androgen deprivation therapy-related side effects in prostate cancer.

Cormie P, Zopf EM. Urol Oncol. 2020 Feb;38(2):62-70. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2018.10.008. Epub 2018 Nov 13.

Do Patients with Prostate Cancer Benefit from Exercise Interventions? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Andersen MF, Midtgaard J, Bjerre ED. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jan 15; 19(2):1-23. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19020972

Association of Daily Sitting Time and Leisure-Time Physical Activity With Survival Among US Cancer Survivors. 

​Cao C, Friedenreich CM, Yang L. JAMA Oncol. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2021.6590. Epub 2022 Jan 6.

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