Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D., co-leader of the Knight Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and her colleagues, have adapted an exercise regimen she originally developed for women at risk of osteoporosis and related conditions. The program combines resistance training with jumping exercises performed while wearing a weighted vest. Fifty-one older men receiving ADT were enrolled in either the adapted exercise program or a placebo program of stretching exercises.
What Winters-Stone and her team reported that the training group managed to shed body fat and achieve significant gains in upper body strength. Those in the control group gained fat mass and no strength. Based on these findings, the researchers are working to define the most effective exercise program. They urge providers not to wait to counsel patients on the benefits of strength training. There is enough evidence to show that providers, in consultation with physical therapists and exercise physiologists, can help men with prostate cancer move ahead with training programs to lessen the risk of bone and muscle loss and fat gain.