A team of Australian Researchers plan to conduct a global study to evaluate whether prescribed exercise along with traditional treatments can help advanced prostate cancer patients live longer lives.  You can read the original article here: “Global Study to Focus on Whether Exercise Can Help Prostate Cancer Patients Live Longer.” 

The study will be conducted by a team at the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre in Queensland, and it has been dubbed the “Global Action Plan 4 Prostate Cancer study.”  The goal of the study will be to see if the prescribed exercise can improve patient’s survival worldwide.  It will build on previous research, done by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia in 2016, that showed high-impact training helped prolong Australian patient’s lives.

The researchers who will be conducting the global study plan to recruit 866 prostate cancer patients on three different continents.  The participants will be prescribed a high-impact exercise program tailored to their own personal fitness level.  However, high-intensity training may not be feasible for all advanced prostate cancer patients.  Researchers plan to collaborate with Professor Marie Murphy, an exercise scientist at Ulster University, to develop low-intensity walking programs for men who cannot participate in the high-intensity regime.  The goal will be to “assess the feasibility of low-intensity exercise as a way to improve the quality of life and reduce the symptom burden on these men.”

The global study is going to be funded by the Movember Foundation.  They are a non-profit organization looking at men’s health on a global scale, with the ultimate goal of preventing men from dying too young.