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Queen's University Belfast backs intense exercise trials to help cancer patients

By Stewart Robson

Queen's University Belfast is to take part in an international trial to determine if high intensity exercise can prolong the life of cancer patients.

Research by the Global Action Plan 4 Global Prostate Cancer (GAP4) in Australia saw a trial piloted last year at Edith Cowan University. Experts say the scheme could prolong hundreds of lives in Northern Ireland.

Now 150 researchers around the world are conducting the study across three continents. It is being funded by the Movember Foundation, a charity created to raise awareness of men's health issues.

Dr Nicolas Hurt, who led the initial findings, said he is "delighted" the research has allowed the scheme to be tested on a global scale.

Dr Gillian Prue, who is leading the study at QUB, said: "We know already that physical activity plays a significant factor in maintaining our health and fitness.

"Exercise can help alleviate the common symptoms associated with having cancer treatment such as pain and fatigue. But we are now delighted to be working with experts around the world to not only help men with prostate cancer feel better, but to try and actually boost survival rates.

"The overall aim is that exercise will be prescribed alongside traditional treatments such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy at a global level."

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