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Another reason to exercise

Paul Edwards

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There is lots of evidence that exercise is good for men with advanced prostate cancer.


Psychological distress (a negative emotional, social, or spiritual response to cancer) is one of the most common side effects of cancer diagnosis and treatment.


Recent research has shown that exercise by cancer survivors reduced psychological distress.


A study enrolled 35 men into an arm with a regular structured physical exercise program and 23 men into a control arm which did not have an exercise program.  Both arms received the usual medical treatment regimens for prostate cancer.


The lead researcher, Dr Charles Kamen, said that the improvement in the men who did the exercise program was possibly due to a reduction in inflammatory processes.  Men who did the exercise program experienced a decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-6 and interleukin-8.


A larger study is required to confirm the results of this small exploratory study and to investigate whether this exercise-induced cut in cytokines might impact on prostate cancer progression.


Source reference: Kamen C, et al "Standardized, progressive exercise program to reduce psychological distress and improve inflammatory cytokines of distress among prostate cancer survivors" ASCO 2014; Abstract 9510.


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