Intervening on the Side Effects of Hormone-Dependent Cancer Treatment: The Role of Strength Training

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Hanson, Erik ORCID: 0000-0002-7744-5652 and Hurley, Ben (2011) Intervening on the Side Effects of Hormone-Dependent Cancer Treatment: The Role of Strength Training. Journal of Aging Research, 2011. pp. 1-8. ISSN 2090-2204 (print) 2090-2212 (online)


While prostate and breast cancers are both highly prevalent and treatable using hormone suppression therapy, a constellation of side effects ensue, which mimic typical aging effects but at an accelerated pace. Because strength training is considered to be an intervention of choice for addressing the musculoskeletal and metabolic consequences of normal aging in older adults, it may be an effective intervention to attenuate or reverse the side effects of hormone-dependent cancer treatment. This paper provides an overview of the independent effects of strength training on common musculoskeletal and metabolic side effects of hormone-dependent therapy used for prostate and breast cancers. Strength training appears to be an effective complementary therapy for some of the adverse effects of prostate and breast treatment. Future research needs to address potential mechanisms to explain recent findings and to explore the role of strength training in addressing specific risk factors resulting from cancer treatment.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.4061/2011/903291
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Historical > SEO Classification > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Keywords ResPubID24303, cancer treatment, side effects, intervention, strength training, hormone-dependent therapy
Citations in Scopus 13 - View on Scopus
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