At this time PCPEP is only being offered to men with a prostate cancer diagnosis who agree to be part of a research study. Click here to read the consent form. To be on the study the Research Coordinator who will need to speak with you, answer your questions and ensure you understand the risks and benefits of the study.
Exercise for Men with prostate cancer spread to the bones
In this trial we are taking extra precaution to ensure men with cancer spread to the bones are safe to exercise, and get the training and support they need. Here is the plan:
A. Complete steps 1 and 2 below to ensure it’s safe for you to exercise
B. Contact our Research Coordinator who will set up a call with our Study Physician who will also assess your situation
C. You will also be asked to join a monthly videoconference with our Exercise Specialist so we can assess how you’re doing, and adjust your program if need be.
You need to complete the following 4 steps before you can start the program:
Step 1 – Ensure it’s Safe to do Aerobic Exercise
Aerobic Exercise includes walking at a moderate rate, and many other activities which raises your heart rate and gets you to breathe harder.
You will need to have a physician (family doctor, urologist or cancer specialist) give you approval to do aerobic exercise before starting the program. If you’re having problems with this step contact our study coordinator.
Step 2 – Ensure it’s Safe to do Strength Training
A strength training expert needs to assess you, review your medical case, and watch this video of all the strength training exercises. For each of the 18 exercises in the video they will need to approve the exercise, modify it so it can be done safely, or eliminate it from your strength training program.
Two minute video of all 18 exercises.
** Once you complete steps 1 and 2 (or if you’re having problems completing these steps) please contact the Research Coordinator who will arrange for our study physician to speak with you.
Step 3 – Consider Getting a Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Monitor.
The HRV monitor is a device that clips onto your earlobe and connects to your smart phone or computer. The program asks you to do 10 minutes of a relaxation technique with the HRV monitor every day. You will need to either:
1. Click here to buy a HRV monitor for your mobile or desktop device from www.HeartMath.org.
2. Ask us to loan you a monitor for six months. You can return it to us or buy it from us at the end of the program.
If you choose option 2, please fill out the form or contact our research coordinator, see the bottom of this page.
Step 4 – Set Up your HRV monitor
When your monitor arrives you will need to connect the monitor to your phone or computer, and learn how to start the relaxation sessions. If you are having difficulty setting it up contact the study coordinator.
Once you have completed the steps above the study coordinator will send you a link to the trial website. The program is set up so that you must complete each of the following steps in order before being able to start the program. The website will ask you
1 – To confirm that you have completed the 4 steps above.
2 – Read the consent form, had your questions answered by the study coordinator, and agree to being on a research study.
3 – Fill out a confidential quality of life survey (you will be asked again to fill out this same survey at 6, 12 and 24 months)
4 – Allow the program to send you daily emails to your email address
5 – Share your cell phone number if you want to receive text reminders to do the ‘kegels’
6 – If you want to join the buddy program or join the monthly videoconference then contact the research coordinator. See below.
The Program is set up to send you a daily email starting on first Sunday.
Please contact us / research coordinator here
PEP@nshealth.ca or call 902-237-6277 or fill out the contact form.
Address: Soillse Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research Lab Room 202, 5 Victoria, VG Site
1276 South Park Street Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9