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A study looking at diet and exercise to help men having hormone therapy for prostate cancer
This study looked at how diet and exercise can help reduce the side effects caused by hormone therapy for prostate cancer.
More about this trial
Doctors often treat prostate cancer with hormone therapy. The side effects of hormone therapy can include weight gain, tiredness and thinning of the bones. These can affect the way you feel and your
We know from research that exercise and changing eating habits may help reduce these side effects. And so help improve the quality of life of men having hormone therapy.
The aim of this study was to find out if a change of eating habits and exercise is useful for men having hormone therapy for prostate cancer.
Summary of results
The researchers found that a 6 month diet and exercise programme helped reduce some of the side effects of hormone therapy but not all of them.
94 men taking hormone therapy treatment for prostate cancer joined this study.
- Half took part in a 6 month diet and exercise programme
- Half followed their usual diet and levels of physical activity (doctors call this the
People in the diet and exercise group had a consultation with a nutritionist who gave information about healthy eating and the benefits of exercise. Researchers phoned the people in the diet and exercise group regularly to see how they were getting on and to offer support and advice.
At the end of the study the researchers looked at the results. They found that
- In the diet and exercise group, men lost weight, had a lower percentage of fat in their body, reduced their waist circumference, increased their lean muscle mass, and had improved levels of physical fitness
- Quality of life and levels of tiredness (fatigue) or stress were also improved in the diet and exercise group. But the difference between the 2 groups was not
The researchers concluded that this 6 month diet and exercise programme was both useful and acceptable to the men who took part. The programme helped men to lose weight and improved their physical fitness and diet.
We have based this summary on information from the research team. The information they sent us has been reviewed by independent specialists (
How to join a clinical trial
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Dr Marie Cantwell
Dr Joe O’Sullivan
Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
Royal Victoria Hospital