Physical Activity Can Prevent Prostate Cancer Recurrence

Exercise changes biology to curb new tumor growth

Nov 16, 2015, 07:35 ET from Sperling Prostate Center

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Dan Sperling of the Sperling Prostate Center, top expert in focal laser ablation for prostate cancer, encourages patients to embrace exercise after prostate cancer treatment. Clinical studies support regular aerobic physical activity as a way to increase longevity and to discourage any prostate cancer from coming back.

No prostate cancer treatment comes with a 100% guarantee of cure. It's essential to monitor for disease recurrence, but it's equally important to harness the body's ability to protect itself against future disease. For example, a 2015 study by Van Blarigan et al. reported that vigorous exercise appears to improve the size and regularity of prostate blood vessels; small, irregular vessels are associated with aggressive, even fatal, cancer. Although the biological mechanisms are not yet completely understood, a regular program of aerobics affects factors that influence cancer development such as insulin levels, steroid hormones in the body, regulation of genes, and a strong immune system.

Dr. Sperling says, "We know that about 25% of radical prostatectomy cases have positive surgical margins, meaning that some cancer is left behind. Sometimes radiation does not kill all the cancer cells. These patients need to know that they should take charge and help their bodies defend against those cells. For focal treatment, even when we have destroyed the tumor, we want our patients to commit to exercise because microscopic disease may still be present somewhere else in the gland."

The bottom line for prostate cancer patients is to work out vigorously at least three times a week. Dr. Sperling notes that all organ systems benefit, attitude improves, and a fit physique is attractive. He urges all patients, "It's never too late to start exercising. It's an investment not just in your prostate, but in a long, satisfying and healthy life."

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