In a nutshell
This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of physical exercise in patients with prostate cancer. The study concluded that physical exercise is associated with reduction of tiredness, and improving functional capacity and quality of life in these patients.
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common form of cancer in men. Treatment of prostate cancer includes surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy. The side effects of these treatments involve the inability to control urine (urine incontinence), tiredness, sexual dysfunction, pain, and changes in body composition. The quality of emotional and physical life is hampered due to these side effects.
Previous studies already reported how increased physical activity helps to recover fatigue while improving physical conditions in cancer. However, the effectiveness of aerobic exercise (AE) and resistance exercise (RE) or a combination on the quality of life of patients with PCa is still not clear.
Methods & findings
The study included data from 12 clinical trials that evaluated the quality of life of the patients with PCa. Overall, 1256 patients were included. The quality of life of the patients was measured using standardized questionnaires.
The practice of AE and RE significantly improved physical functioning and overall quality of life by 5%.
The bottom line
The study concluded AE alone or a combination of AE and RE supervised by professionals is beneficial for patients with PCa.
The fine print
This study analyzed different studies with different protocols. The time and type of exercise were different among studies.
Discuss the option of supervised physical exercise with your doctor.
Published By :
Supportive care in cancer: official journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Mar 02, 2021
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