Study: Can Exercise Help Prostate Cancer Survival Rates?

Science Daily: “Several studies have demonstrated the benefits of exercise to improve the quality of life of people with cancer. But Dr. Fred Saad, urologist-oncologist and researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), goes further. He believes that physical exercise has a direct effect on cancer, as effective as drugs, for treating patients with prostate cancer, even in advanced stages of the disease.”

“‘Typical patients with metastases often become sedentary. It is thought that this affects cancer progression,’ he said. Together with Robert Newton, professor at the Edith Cowan University Exercise Medicine Research Institute in Australia, Dr. Saad is leading the first international study which aims to demonstrate that exercise literally extends the life of patients with metastatic prostate cancer.”

“‘Normally, patients at this stage have a life expectancy of two to three years. We want to reduce mortality by at least 22%, which represents about six months of longer survival. This is the equivalent benefit of a new drug. Exercise could therefore supplement available treatments, inexpensively,’ said Dr. Saad, who is also professor at the University of Montreal’s Department of Surgery.”

The post tells the story of Alfred Roberts, 70, who plays hockey twice a week: “Nothing special, right? Except that for three years he has had advanced prostate cancer, which has spread to his bones. ‘I’ve always been active. Hockey keeps me in shape and keeps my mind off things. I’ve got friends that have played until age 80, and my goal is to beat them!’ said the veteran stick handler.”