The senior research fellow at Edith Cowan University in Joondalup said exercise could have an immense effect on the lives of men with prostate cancer, minimising muscle and bone loss, fatigue, depression and anxiety.
With one in six men developing prostate cancer, Dr Cormie said it was critical to develop techniques to improve the effect treatment had on the patients. ‘The treatment of prostate cancer causes highly emasculating changes that compromise men’s physical and mental wellbeing,’ Dr Cormie said.
‘My team and I develop and evaluate targeted exercise programs to specifically counteract the negative changes cancer and its treatment has on patients both physically and mentally.’
Dr Cormie said she was thrilled to be nominated as a finalist for this year’s awards and stressed the importance of continued research in cancer treatment.
‘There are so many exciting areas we need to investigate,’ Dr Cormie said.
‘Right now I’m leading a National Health and Medical Research Council funded research project exploring the potential of exercise to help improve sexual wellbeing following prostate cancer treatment.’
Premier Colin Barnett congratulated the 13 finalists last week and acknowledged the significant role they played in building the State’s science capacity.
‘As well as advancing our knowledge and understanding in a range of disciplines, they have demonstrated exceptional leadership, communicated their science beyond academia and attracted significant investment to the State,’ Mr Barnett said.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on August 21, 2014.