Moreover, the training group reported a higher sense of well-being than the control group. This was shown in scores on the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Prostate (FACT-P) questionnaire, which measures health related quality of life in patients with prostate cancer. The authors believe that this is an important finding, because many patients with prostate cancer suffer from mental health issues and a reduced health related quality of life in post-diagnostic years. Again, progressive resistance training might be a means to improve these aspects according to the research team.
Safe and realistic
Compliance after three months of training was 90 percent. At six months this figure was over 75 percent. Only one patient suffered a shoulder injury during the exercises, because he (against advice) increased the resistance too quickly. Therefore the researchers conclude that at home training with remote guidance is safe, realistic, and also has benefits considering the current COVID-19 pandemic. Patients do not have to visit training facilities and can exercise at home instead.
The primary objective of this study was to investigate the effect of progressive resistance training on cardiovascular health parameters, such as blood pressure and heart rate. For this purpose, they measured the flow-mediated dilatation of the upper arm artery, which is a predictor of cardiovascular diseases. This gives an estimate of the extent to which the artery is able to dilate in response to a sudden increase of blood flow. No significant differences were found between the two groups. The authors argue that this might be due to the limited sample size, not revealing the true effect; the observed differences between groups were smaller than expected. The researchers propose that a larger, multi-centre effect study is needed to unravel the true effect.