Several research studies have earlier associated Exercise to the improved quality life of people diagnosed with cancer, but Dr Fred Saad, urologist-oncologist and researcher at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) has gone a step ahead and states that Physical Exercise can have direct effect on Cancer, and in improving the survival of men with advanced prostate cancer.
Dr Fred opined that intense physical exercise, like effective drugs can show positive effect on improving the survival of men with prostate cancer, despite in the advanced stages of the deadly disease. “Typical patients with metastases often become sedentary. It is thought that this affects cancer progression,” Mr. Freud said.
Dr Fred Saad along with Robert Newton, professor at the Edith Cowan University Exercise Medicine Research Institute in Australia, is holding the clinical trial that indulging in regular physical exercise can increase the life of people suffering from metastatic prostate cancer. The study is being conducted in Ireland and Australia presently, and in coming weeks, 60 hospitals across the world will consider 900 men diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in the study.
“We will study exercise as if it were a drug added to standard treatments. All patients will be treated within the latest scientific knowledge for this type of cancer,” said Dr Saad.
Patients in the advanced stages of cancer have a maximum life expectancy of two to three more years. “We want to reduce mortality by at least 22 percent, which represents about six months of longer survival. This is the equivalent benefit of a new drug. Exercise could therefore supplement available treatments, inexpensively,” he further added.
The 900 partaking Cancer patients will be receiving the therapies and the medications, but around half of the group will in addition receive the psychosocial support with general recommendations on physical exercise, and the other half of group will be partaking in the high intensity exercise program.
The team has planned a cardiovascular training program for patients in Exercise program. The group will partake in the aerobic and resistance training for an hour of three times a week. An exercise specialist will look after them in the initial months, and the group will later continue without direct supervision. Doctors will analyze on the quality of life, appetite, and treatment tolerance in relation to their improved physical condition.
Researchers will consider the patient’s blood samples and muscle biopsies for better understanding the benefits of exercise. “People with cancer develop all sorts of complications related to metastases, such as fractures or severe pain. It is hoped that exercise will strengthen muscles and bones,” said Dr. Saad.
The theory behind the study is that the Exercise can show a direct impact on cancer cure, and in addition, patients who partake in intense physical exercises can tolerate therapy better. As a result, they will live longer. The research study involves around 100 researchers from Canada, the US, Australia, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK. Researchers are thus betting Exercise could become the next anticancer therapy.