Newswire (Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017, Received: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:59:16 PM CDT)

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Recent Studies from College of Public Health Add New Data to Prostate Cancer (Physician role in physical activity for African-American males undergoing radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Weekly -- Current study results on Oncology - Prostate Cancer have been published. According to news originating from Johnson City, Tennessee, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Physical activity is recognized as a complementary therapy to improve physical and physiological functions among prostate cancer survivors. Little is known about communication between health providers and African-American prostate cancer patients, a high risk population, regarding the health benefits of regular physical activity on their prognosis and recovery."

Financial support for this research came from National Cancer Institute (see also Oncology - Prostate Cancer).

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the College of Public Health, "This study explores African-American prostate cancer survivors' experiences with physical activity prescription from their physicians. Three focus group interviews were conducted with 12 African-American prostate cancer survivors in May 2014 in St. Louis, MO. Participants' ages ranged from 49 to 79 years, had completed radical prostatectomy, and their time out of surgery varied from 7 to 31 months. Emerged themes included physician role on prescribing physical activity, patients' perceived barriers to engaging in physical activity, perception of normalcy following surgery, and specific resources survivors' sought during treatment. Of the 12 men who participated, 8 men (67%) expressed that their physicians did not recommend physical activity for them. Although some participants revealed they were aware of the importance of sustained physical activity on their prognosis and recovery, some expressed concerns that urinary dysfunction, incontinence, and family commitments prevented them from engaging in active lifestyles. Transitioning from post radical prostatectomy treatment to normal life was an important concern to survivors."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These findings highlight the importance of physical activity communication and prescription for prostate cancer patients."

For more information on this research see: Physician role in physical activity for African-American males undergoing radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Supportive Care in Cancer, 2017;25(4):1151-1158. Supportive Care in Cancer can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Supportive Care in Cancer - www.springerlink.com/content/0941-4355/)

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from F. Williams, East Tennessee State Univ, Dept. of Hlth Serv Management & Policy, Coll Public Hlth, Johnson City, TN 37614, United States. Additional authors for this research include K.R. Imm, G.A. Colditz, A.J. Housten, L. Yang, K.L. Gilbert and B.F. Drake.

Keywords for this news article include: Johnson City, Tennessee, United States, North and Central America, Male Urologic Surgical Procedures, Prostatic Neoplasms, Prostate Cancer, Prostatectomy, Men's Health, Oncology, Surgery, College of Public Health.

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