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Exercise May Improve Outcomes for Patients with Prostate Cancer Beginning ADT

A short-term study, published in BJU International, of supervised exercise in patients with prostate cancer beginning androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) resulted in sustained improvements in quality of life (QoL) and cardiovascular events risk profile.1

These data suggest that clinicians should prescribe a short-term exercise program at the beginning of ADT to try and assuage these important treatment-related side-effects.

“The problem is ADT has several side-effects, including increased body fat, decreased cardiopulmonary fitness and increased fatigue,” Anthony S. Leicht, associate professor in the College of Healthcare Sciences at James Cook University in Australia, said in a press release.2 “These can increase the risk of a cardiovascular event and reduce health-related quality of life.”

In a cohort of 50 patients with prostate cancer scheduled for ADT, 24 were…

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