Irish Study Identifies Reasons Why Prostate Patients Fail to Exercise

Irish Study Identifies Reasons Why Prostate Patients Fail to Exercise
Prostate cancer pain, worries about how bones will hold up when the disease has spread there, and difficulty finding fitness facilities are among the reasons some men with the cancer fail to exercise, Irish researchers report. They titled their clinical trial findings, which appeared in the journal Supportive Care in Cancer, “The views of patients with metastatic prostate cancer towards physical activity: a qualitative exploration.” The senior author of the study (NCT02453139) was Dr. Juliette Hussey, a physiotherapy professor at Trinity College Center for Health Sciences. A lot of research has shown that exercising benefits cancer patients, regardless of how advanced their disease is. This includes patients whose cancer has spread to bones. Even low-intensity exercising improves patients' physical and emotional functioning, studies have shown. Cancer that metastasizes, or spreads to other areas of the body, can cause debilitating symptoms — including pain, fatigue and nausea — that limit exercise. Treatment side effects can also make it more difficult to work out. The Irish researchers wanted to identify factors that prevented men with prostate cancer that had spread from exercising. They asked 20 men with cancer that had reached their bones eight questions about physical activity. Each had cancer that had spread to at least two bone areas. The men's m
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José is a science news writer with a PhD in Neuroscience from Universidade of Porto, in Portugal. He has also studied Biochemistry at Universidade do Porto and was a postdoctoral associate at Weill Cornell Medicine, in New York, and at The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. His work has ranged from the association of central cardiovascular and pain control to the neurobiological basis of hypertension, and the molecular pathways driving Alzheimer’s disease.

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