Can exercise training really be a cancer therapy?

Liam is an exercise physiologist with a PhD in clinical science. He is a mixed methods researcher trying to understand if exercise and lifestyle changes are of any use for people after a diagnosis of cancer. Primarily, Liam has worked with prostate cancer survivors with advanced disease on androgen deprivation therapy (medical or surgical castration). He has had research, reviews, editorials and correspondence in European Urology, the BMJ, New England Journal of Medicine, British Journal of Cancer and The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. His explanatory trials and qualitative work have shown that lifestyle interventions are of benefit for improving prostate cancer specific quality of life, fatigue, independent activity, functional capacity and reducing fear of recurrence.

A new generation of activity in this field will be looking at establishing clinical effectiveness of such interventions in NHS service provision and also addressing research questions around the effect of exercise on cancer progression. Liam holds funding from the NIHR and CRUK to start data collection.