Posted on January 13th, 2011 by
Physical activity may improve survival among men diagnosed with prostate cancer. These findings were reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Exercise and its relationship to patient quality of life, cancer prevention, and impact on treatment and recurrence have been studied extensively in several types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
To determine whether survival among men diagnosed with prostate cancer can be improved with regular exercise, researchers observed 2,705 men in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. All participants had non-metastatic prostate cancer and were followed from 1990-2008.
It appears that men diagnosed with prostate cancer may be able to improve their survival by exercising vigorously for a modest amount of time (three hours or more) per week. Examples of vigorous activity include biking, tennis, jogging, or swimming. All men considering starting an exercise program should first consult their doctor.
Reference: Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci E, et al. Physical activity and survival after prostate cancer diagnosis in the health professionals follow-up study. Journal of Clinical Oncology [early online publication]. January 4, 2011.
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