Prostate Cancer and Excerise

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 7/1/2010 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Back in the precancer days I used to spend quite abit of time in the gym giving the younger guys a run for their money with the weigths.  Once I found out that I really did have PC I lost all intrest in any excerise.  It has been nearly a year so I am really out of shape.  I have been thinking about giving the gym a try again and might dust off the mountain bike.  My concern at this time is what I have read about PC and testosterone.  I have heard that weight lifting can increase your testosterone levels and PC and high testosterone levels are not a good combination.   Though my first PSA test came back .04 (which I am happy with) I had a doctor tell me that with my high PSA (20+) and post op gleason score (4+4=8) that the chances are that the cancer has already spread.  While I really would like to start excersing again, I don't want to turn the .04 into something higher.  I guess my main questiions is,  could the excerise cause the cancer to grow faster if it is still there.  I may be worrying about nothing but I guess I have done a bit of that the last few months. 
Thanks for your thoughts
age 59
2007 psa .6
Oct 2008 psa 9.4
Dec 2008 psa 11
Bio done 12 core, no cancer
July 2009 psa 16
Sept 2009 psa 20
All DRE were normal
Made appoinment at Mayo
Bio, 18 core 2 positive, gleason 3+3 =6
doctor said T2
Bone scan neg, CT neg, MRI with coil indicated cancer still in prostate
Robotic on 1/27/10
postop Pathology report:
prostite size 43g
adenocarcinoma involving left side from apex to base
nothing on right side
gleason up graded to 4+4=8
stage T2b no mo
largest area of cancer 1.4 cm in dia.
no involvement of periurethral glands
cancer does not extend into the posterior capsule
no extraprostatic extension and cancer does not extend to the external surface
distal and proximal periruethral margins are negative for cancer
high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia found on both sides 
right and left side seminal vesicles are uninvolved
right and left pelvic nodes negative for cancer
PSA check every 3 months for 2 years
First PSA on April 27th .04
No problem with incontinence since the last of April
Progress with ED is ZERO :(

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Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 131
   Posted 7/1/2010 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on Active Surveillance and my doctor recommends exercise to maintain the proper body weight. He never really differentiated about what type of exercise, though. I'll have to ask him about weight lifting as an exercise.

Your post is the first I've heard about being cautious about exercising and PCa. I'll be curious as to what others have to say.
Age: 54 6' 0" Weight: 176 Caucasian

Rising PSA over the last six years (from when I started being tested) from 3.9 to 5.2 to 4.6 to 4.5 to 4.9 to 3.9.

Free PSA: .71 % Free PSA: 18.2%

DX with PC in January 2009 after biopsy. Bone scan--negative

Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills urologist--recommended surgery
Consulted Cedars-Sinai Beverly Hills radiologist--recommended IMRT
Consulted San Diego Cyber-Blade doctor--recommended treatments
Consulted Long Beach radiologist--recommended IGRT
Consulted Loma Linda radiologist--recommended Hypo-fractionated Proton treatments

Insurance approved any treatment I wanted.

Consulted Marnia del Rey urologist Dr. Scholz.
Dr. Scholz referred me to Dr. Bahn for a Color Doppler test.
Scholz and Bahn recommended Active Surveillance, some diet changes, and steady exercise.

I am currently on Active Surveillance.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4849
   Posted 7/1/2010 4:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Bottom line is that excerise is good for you.
I doubt the level of testosterone would go through the roof. Otherwise we'd all exercise more and turn into stud muffins.
Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
05/18/10 - 24 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 6079
   Posted 7/1/2010 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
The thing to remember about exercise to know is that cardiovascular exercise will increase the amount of free radicals in your body, so you need to get a lot of anti-oxidants,i.e. bluberries,strawbberries, vitemin E etc to conteract them. It seems nothing comes without a price and trade offs are the price of life. I am currently training for a marathon, The testosterone is a non-factor IMO. Girly,gurls exercise right. Get back into the Gym!!! The benefits are a higher QOL.
age 67 First psa 4/17/09 psa 8.3, 7/27/09 psa 8.1
8/12/09 biopsy 6 out of 12 pos 2-70%, rest <5% 3+3
10/19/09 open rrp U of Washington Medical Center, left bundle spared
10/30/09 catheter out. continent from the jump.
pathology- prostate confined, only thing positive was the report.everything else negative
9% of prostate affected. gleason 3+4, I suppose thats a negative
After reading pathology myself, gleason was 3+4 with tertiary 5, 2-3 foci, extensive PNI, That is a negative, but I am a positive !!
Ed an issue but keeping the blood flowing with the osbon pump
Dec 14,2009 psa 0.0 May 10 2010, psa 0.0

" Hypocrisy is vice's homage to Virtue " read it in Bartlet's book of quotation years ago stuck with me, can't remember who said it.

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