Global Study Will See if Exercise Can Improve Prostate Cancer Patients’ Survival

Global Study Will See if Exercise Can Improve Prostate Cancer Patients’ Survival
More than 150 researchers worldwide will be taking part in a clinical trial on whether exercise can improve prostate cancer symptoms and delay the disease's progression. The key goal of the Global Action Plan 4 Global Prostate Cancer (GAP4) study is to see if  high-intensity aerobic and resistance training, combined with psychosocial support, can benefit men with prostate cancer. Researchers will also look at what exercise-related mechanisms affect the biology underlying advanced prostate cancer. The initiative is part of a collaborative effort funded by the Movember Foundation. It includes researchers in the United Kingdom, the University of California at San Francisco, Australia’s Edith Cowan University, and others. Researchers at the University of Surrey and Royal Surrey County Hospital in England will design a special exercise program for the trial. Eight hundred sixty-six prostate cancer patients will try it over three years at sites in Europe, North America, and Australia. “The benefits of exercise to both our physical and mental well-being are undeniable,” Dr. Ralph Manders, who is co-leading the Surrey team, said in a press release. “What we are hoping to uncover is whether the same benefits are experienced when a person is living with cancer, and whether it extends their survival from cancer. If it does, this co
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