World first cancer trial to run at Joondalup’s Edith Cowan University


Exercise physiologist Claire Mason with David Harris and researcher Nicolas Hart. Picture: Matt Jelonek                                                            www.communitypix.com.au   d452351
Exercise physiologist Claire Mason with David Harris and researcher Nicolas Hart. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d452351

Nicolas Hart, of Edith Cowan University’s Exercise Medicine Research Institute, has received more than $34,000 from Cancer Council WA to research whether exercise can slow tumour growth in patients with advanced prostate cancer.

“We’re going to be using measures such as imaging and tumour biomarkers to see if exercise can not only reduce the size of a tumour and tumour activity but also potentially prevent new ones from appearing and spreading fast,” he said.

“The fact participants on our trial will be on an individually tailored program and will be supervised by an accredited exercise physiologist also gives them confidence they will be exercising in a safe environment.”

Participant David Harris (73) said he was very active prior to being diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer four years ago.

“I have been knocked around by the treatment over the years,” he said.

“But I’ve always just tried to get on with things and not dwell too much on what I can’t do any longer.”

Mr Harris said he was looking forward to returning to exercise and the possibility of helping future prostate cancer sufferers.

The trial will run at sites in Joondalup, Mt Lawley, Murdoch and Nedlands.

For more call 6304 3444.