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Joint Study Team Awarded Prestigious Intl. Award to Examine Links Between Prostate Cancer and Obesity
January 8, 2014

Joint Study Team Awarded Prestigious Intl. Award to Examine Links Between Prostate Cancer and Obesity

This new study, funded by the World Cancer Research Fund, will investigate why obesity makes prostate cancer more aggressive and to see whether a simple exercise program can improve quality of life and prolong survival for advanced prostate cancer patients.

The initiative will be a collaboration among the School of Medicine at Trinity College (Ireland), King’s College (UK), the University of Örebro (Sweden) and the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston).

Dr. Stephen Finn, Associate Professor in Histopathology and Morbid Anatomy at Trinity College Dublin and the project’s co-leader explains, “Both obesity and prostate cancer are becoming a lot more common and the relationship between the two in an individual patient is becoming more important. We hope to show that a simple, low-cost exercise programme can improve quality of life and prolong life for advanced prostate cancer patients, and hopefully reduce the bad effects of being overweight on cancer outlook for these men. This project is hugely significant because it is one of a few efforts to identify a mechanism underlying the link between obesity and prostate cancer and indeed other cancers.”

200 men with advanced prostate cancer from three European cities will take part in the study with some of the men taking part in an organized six-month exercise program.

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