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Physical Activity: A Feasibility Study on Exercise in Men Newly Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Susan D. Bruce

Nicole Scholl

Jennifer Mulvey

Daniel Hatch

Deborah "Hutch" Allen
physical activity, prostate cancer, radiation therapy, quality of life, prehabilitation
CJON 2021, 25(5), E50-E56. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.E50-E56

Background: Physical activity (PA) has been shown to improve patient-centered care for cancer-related symptoms, treatment-related side effects, and health-related quality of life.

Objectives: This feasibility study aimed to explore PA preferences and changes in functional capacity and symptoms during a two-week self-prescribed PA intervention prior to treatment in men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Methods: Men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer were recruited from a community hospital, part of an academic comprehensive cancer center in the southeastern United States. An individualized PA intervention prescription was developed using baseline measures. Baseline and two-week measures consisted of functional capacity, PA participation, and symptom impact. Descriptive statistics and t tests were used.

Findings: Thirteen men aged an average of 66.14 years (SD = 6.82) participated. Participants significantly improved functional capacity. Most common PAs were walking (n = 9) and yard work (n = 6).

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