Prostate Cancer - Patient Empowerment Program

Prostate Cancer - Patient Empowerment Program

Each year over 20,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Canada with the majority undergoing some form of treatment option. Radical prostatectomy and/or radiation therapy are common procedures that are effective in the treatment of prostate cancer. However, they typically incur both short- and long-term side effects (e.g. urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, reduced physical function, etc) that can negatively impact one's quality of life. This study aims to educate and teach pre- (as opposed to most common post-) habilitation - preventive life habits aimed to empower men and address many of the issues faced by men undergoing radical prostatectomy or other active forms of prostate cancer treatments. The investigators hypothesize that daily text and email reminders, in addition to connecting men with other men undergoing similar challenges, will improve participant adherence to the pre-habilitation program. Secondary objectives will assess change in mental health, physical fitness, urological symptoms, state of relaxation, and quality of life parameters before and after the program.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - PC-PEP

The 6 months "at home" program focuses on aerobic and strength training, pelvic floor muscle exercises, meditation, social connection, and overall healthy lifestyle practices supported with daily text message/email reminders. The aerobic (5 times/week) and strength (2 times/week) program will comprise of a single 30-minute session daily and will be individualized to each participant. Pelvic floor muscle training will include three, 10-minute sessions and mediation for 10 minutes daily. Intimacy more on

Randomized Clinical Trial of an Early vs Late Patient Empowerment Program for Men Undergoing Curative Treatment for Prostate Cancer