Lifestyle Management

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Exercise for Prostate Cancer Patients

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all persons diagnosed with cancer engage in 150 min of moderately to vigorous intensity aerobic exercise and two resistance (strength) training sessions per week. It is also recommended to limit sedentary time (sitting, reclining) and engage in activity throughout your day.

The medical literature recommends that prostate cancer patients try to meet these guidelines pre- and post- treatment to facilitate recovery and help prevent any decline in their quality of life. Ideally, an exercise prescription should be individually tailored to each patient, taking into consideration their overall health. Regular exercise has been shown to help reduce and manage side effects of prostate cancer treatments  such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle loss, urinary incontinence, mood changes and sexual function.

Education Module:

We regularly offer a 1.5-hour evening information session presented by an Exercise Physiologist. This session discusses the benefits of exercise, exercise safety during and after surgery and treatments, using specific exercises to manage treatment side effects and how to get started. It is not only for men with prostate cancer, but also for their family members.

Exercise Clinic:

We also offer a one-on-one exercise clinic with an Exercise Physiologist. The goal of this clinic is to increase physical activity levels and improve overall health by supporting your long-term behavior change. Men will be seen initially for a 45 minute appointment and then again at 3, 6 and 12 months. During the initial visit, body measurements will be taken and an assessment made of current exercise levels against national recommendations. Exercise options and differing exercise programs will be discussed and exercise-based goals will be set.

Our information exercise sessions and exercise clinic are held in the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC. 

Please contact our team for more details if you are interested in joining the clinic or attending the information session.

As part of the ‘Lifestyle Management’ module of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we offer regular information sessions covering the importance of exercise and how to reasonably increase activity levels. These sessions are for patients in all stages of the disease and all levels of fitness.

Nutrition Advice for Prostate Cancer Patients

There is a wealth of dietary information available on the internet and in the news. However, it can be confusing and even contradictory. What should you eat? What should you avoid? What supplements should you take, if any? Which diet should you follow?

You will learn which diet and dietary supplements may:

  1. Lower the risk of cancer progression.
  2. Help to mitigate side effects of treatment (i.e. bone and muscle loss, etc.).
  3. Be optimal for managing common problems related to prostate cancer treatment.

We offer a 1.5-hour group information nutrition session for all men with prostate cancer. Partners and family members are also welcome. These sessions are led by a Registered Dietician (RD) from the BC Cancer Agency.

There will also be plenty of time to ask our dietician any questions you may have. This session is held once every three months at the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, 2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC (across from Vancouver General Hospital).

As part of the ‘Lifestyle Management’ module of the Vancouver Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program, we offer nutrition information sessions for men with prostate cancer and their family members.

CONTACT

pcsc@vch.ca   |    604-875-4485