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. 

For more information:

Prostate Cancer Canada
Paulanne Jushkevich
VP, Philanthropy, Marketing and Communications
(416) 441-2131 ext 224
Step Up Challenge – Edmonton
Mark Mahl, Executive Director, Western Region, Prostate Cancer Canada
(604) 219-1422

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