Androgen Deprivation Therapy (ADT), also known as Androgen Suppression Therapy (AST), is a type of hormone treatment provided to men, orally or through injection, to dramatically inhibit the production of hormones, specifically testosterone. This form of treatment is effective in reducing prostate cancer tumour growth or spread. However, there are numerous short-term and long-term side-effects, including:-
|Short Term Effects||Long Term Effects|
|Reduction of Muscle and Bone Mass
||Reduction in Red Blood Cell count
|Decline in Muscle Strength
||Male Breast Enlargement
|Reduction in libido
||Poor Quality of Life
|Muscle, Bone and Joint Pain
||Muscle, Bone and Joint Pain
Exercise has been shown to minimise many of the side-effects produced by ADT, and should be commenced immediately, and continue through-out your treatment. Your exercise program will be auto-regulated, which means your program can be slightly modified on any given day or during any given session, depending on how you are feeling in response to symptoms you may be experiencing through-out your treatment. Any exercises you do not complete in a particular session due to discomfort or illness should ideally be added to a subsequent session when you are feeling better.
When commencing your Beginner Exercise Program, it is important to consult an accredited exercise physiologist to receive appropriate guidelines based upon your treatment, condition and symptoms. Remember, exercise is very important to reduce anxiety, depression and fatigue while increasing physical function and quality of life. Ultimately, exercise will help minimise your risk of obtaining other cancers or associated diseases through improved body composition and other health benefits.