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Prostate Cancer
Volume 2016, Article ID 9462975, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/9462975
Review Article

Fortifying the Treatment of Prostate Cancer with Physical Activity

1Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15215, USA
2Department of Integrative Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA
3Department of Medical Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15232, USA
4Department of Radiation Oncology, Leopoldina Hospital, 97422 Schweinfurt, Germany
5Relentless Fitness, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Received 1 October 2015; Revised 6 January 2016; Accepted 11 January 2016

Academic Editor: Luc Beaulieu

Copyright © 2016 Colin E. Champ et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Over the past decade, significant data have shown that obese men experience a survival detriment after treatment for prostate cancer. While methods to combat obesity are of utmost importance for the prostate cancer patient, newer data reveal the overall metabolic improvements that accompany increased activity levels and intense exercise beyond weight loss. Along these lines, a plethora of data have shown improvement in prostate cancer-specific outcomes after treatment accompanied with these activity levels. This review discusses the metabolic mechanisms in which increased activity levels and exercise can help improve both outcomes for men treated for prostate cancer while lowering the side effects of treatment.