Thursday, 19 April 2018
Edith Cowan University research projects using exercise to improve cancer treatments in prostate, breast and bone cancers were among those to receive funding from the Cancer Council WA.
In total, six Edith Cowan University projects received grants worth $345,924.
Dr Nicolas Hart from ECU’s Exercise Medicine Research Institute (EMRI) received a $225,000 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to examine if a supervised exercise program can slow the growth of tumours in patients whose cancer had spread to their bones.
“Presently advanced cancer patients have few effective treatments available and once the cancer has spread to their bones the disease becomes incurable,” he said.
“As well as investigating whether exercise can help slow the growth of tumours in these patients, we will also examine if exercise can increase the effectiveness of therapies delivered through the blood stream, such as chemotherapy, thereby allowing larger amounts of chemotherapy to reach the tumour and increase survival – the ultimate aim of cancer treatments.”
ECU EMRI researcher Dr Favil Singh received a $35,000 Early Career Investigator Grant to examine efficacy of prescribing patients an exercise program before they undergo surgery for prostate cancer.
“We know that exercising before surgery can counteract some of the adverse effects associated with prostate cancer surgery,” Dr Singh said.
“The study will evaluate whether exercising in a supervised program in an exercise clinic or a prescribed home-based program provides better outcomes for patients.”
EMRI Research Professor Rob Newton received the Cancer Council Western Australia Cancer Research Career Achievement Award.
His research has demonstrated that exercise can have a significantly beneficial impact in reducing the long-term health problems caused by cancer and its treatments.
Professor Newton collaborated with Genesis Cancer Care in Joondalup to establish a world first exercise clinic to be co-located with an oncology suite.
His research has driven major changes in clinical practice and his findings have been incorporated into national and international guidelines for the prescription of exercise medicine in cancer management.
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