Can exercise help slow prostate cancer growth?

Prostate Cancer Canada-funded research in Edmonton aims to uncover new insights into the benefits of physical activity



Toronto, March 12, 2018 – Funded by Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC), Dr. Kerry Courneya’s team at the University of Alberta will study whether exercise can reduce tumour growth and anxiety for men on active surveillance.
 

It is a way of monitoring prostate cancer and is increasingly the therapy of choice for men with localized, slow growing tumours, allowing them to delay or avoid treatment and the side effects that can occur after surgery and radiotherapy.
 
If Dr. Courneya’s hypothesis is correct, exercise could be a cost-effective and simple way for men on active surveillance to feel better, slow cancer progression and delay or eliminate medical treatment altogether, as he explains in the video below:
 
 
 
 
“If this intervention works, exercise could become a key component of active surveillance practice,” explained PCC’s Vice-President of Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship, Dr. Stuart Edmonds. “The number of men being diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer has substantially increased. Interventions designed to slow tumour growth and manage fear of cancer progression would represent a major advance in the care of these men.”
 
Dr. Courneya (pronounced KERN’-yay) will be discussing his research on Sunday, March 18th at PCC’s Step Up Challenge in Edmonton, where teams will climb the city’s five tallest towers twice to raise money for prostate cancer research. Some of the proceeds from this year’s event will fund Dr.Courneya’s research. 
 
About Prostate Cancer Canada
Prostate Cancer Canada is the leading national foundation dedicated to the elimination of the most common cancer in men through research, advocacy, education, support and awareness. As one of the largest investors in prostate cancer research in Canada, Prostate Cancer Canada is committed to continuous discovery in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support.
 
Prostate Cancer Canada is proud to have been named one of Canada’s top 3 health charities for efficiency and financial transparency in the Financial Post’s 2017 Charities of the Year list. 
 
-30-

For more information:


Prostate Cancer Canada
Paulanne Jushkevich
VP, Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications
(416) 441-2131 ext 224
paulanne.jushkevich@prostatecancer.ca
 
Step Up Challenge – Edmonton
Mark Mahl, Executive Director, Western Region, Prostate Cancer Canada
(604) 219-1422
Help us take the first steps toward prevention. Donate Now


Subscribe to our free monthly e-newsletter!

* indicates required

 



PCC Spotlight
Prostate Cancer Canada launches first national program in radionuclide therapy

Toronto, June 27, 2018 – Canadian researchers are leading the future of treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer in this country, with a new Prostate Cancer Canada grant funded by the Movember Foundation.
More

Honouring dad this Father’s Day the Canadian way: In plaid

TORONTO, ON – (May 8, 2018) – Plaid replaces business-casual on Friday, June 15 as hundreds of thousands of Canadians don the iconic Canadian attire all to honour dad and end prostate cancer.
More

The Finger – A tried and true method to save lives

TORONTO, CANADA (May 8, 2018) – Every day, more and more methods to detect prostate cancer are being explored, but the tried and true methods of a digital rectal examination (DRE) – where a healthcare professional inserts a gloved finger into the rectum to check for abnormalities, paired with a blood test known as the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – which you can get through your family doctor, are still the long-standing proven ways to save a life.
More


Click here for news archive