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Exercise Helps Men During Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer: Study (consumer.healthday.com)

Exercise Helps Men During Hormone Treatment for Prostate Cancer: Study

Exercise benefits prostate cancer patients who undergo hormone-reducing therapy, a small study suggests.

The treatment — called androgen suppression therapy or androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) — uses drugs or surgery to reduce the level of androgen hormones, which prostate cancer cells typically require to multiply.

“The problem is ADT has several side effects, including increased body fat, decreased cardiopulmonary fitness and increased fatigue. These can increase the risk of a cardiovascular event and reduce health-related quality of life,” said study leader Anthony Leicht, an associate professor of health care sciences at James Cook University in Australia.

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