Prostate can­cer vol­un­teers sought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

RE­SEARCHERS who have found an in­no­va­tive way to boost the bed­room per­for­mance of men with prostate can­cer are seek­ing more men for an wider­study.

One in six Aus­tralian men will be di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer, and 90 per cent of them will re­port some form of sex­ual dys­func­tion dur­ing or after treat­ment.

A pre­lim­i­nary study in­volv­ing 55 men last year found reg­u­lar ex­er­cise im­proved sex­ual func­tion in prostate can­cer suf­fer­ers by 50 per cent.

“After three months, the men in­volved in the ex­er­cise pro­gram had a 50 per cent greater level of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, which was largely driven by an in­crease in sex­ual de­sire,” ECU Health and Well­ness In­sti­tute se­nior re­search fel­low Prue Cormie said.

“We ob­served sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments such as gains in mus­cle mass, as well as im­prove­ments in fa­tigue, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, strength, fit­ness and qual­ity of life that we be­lieve con­trib­uted to en­hanc­ing men’s libido,” she said.

The re­searchers need 240 prostate can­cer suf­fer­ers for the ex­panded study that will ex­am­ine why ex­er­cise is ef­fec­tive and if it will work in a broader range of pa­tients.

The ex­er­cise pro­gram will be avail­able at Joon­dalup, Mt Law­ley, Craw­ley, Fre­man­tle and Mur­doch.

The re­search project is be­ing funded by a $561,844 Na­tional Health and Med­i­cal Re­search Coun­cil grant.

Men who have re­ceived treat­ment for prostate can­cer in the past six months can vol­un­teer by call­ing 6304 2329.

Dr Prue Cormie is look­ing for vol­un­teers.

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