Canadian Centre for Activity and Agine

Prostate Cancer and Exercise

Cancer is a disease largely associated with aging: most survivors are older than 65 years. In the last two decades, it has become clear that exercise plays a vital role in cancer prevention and control.

In 2010, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) pub­lished updated guide­lines on exer­cise and physical activity in patients who are undergoing active treatment for cancer or who have completed treatment. Specific guidelines, including objectives, goals, and contraindications, are available for patients with breast, prostate, colon, gynecologic, and hem­tologic cancers.

The guidelines indicate that exercise training is safe during and after cancer treatment and results in improved physical functioning, quality of life, and cancer-​​related fatigue for many cancer survivor groups, but implications for disease outcomes and survival are still unknown.

The guidelines noted the numerous issues need to be addressed before physical activity becomes fully integrated into cancer treatments, including expanding the ranks of fitness professionals who understand the issues and needs faced by patients with cancer and survivors. View full guidelines. 

Physical Activity and Cancer Fact Sheet

Highlights: Prostate Cancer and Exercise

Dr. Liza Stathokostas PhD, Western Researcher