Excercise After Prostatectomy
Curious if anyone encoutered setbacks from strenuous excecise after a prostatectomy? I am a 54 year old avid 30 year jogger and had been slowly building my strength and running pace/intensity. However, about 3 months after my surgery, I noticed small amounts of blood in urine following excercise. I notified doctor and am scheduled for further exam, and also changed excercise routine to just walk or use elliptical (no further complications after this adjustment). Would like to jog again at some point in future, but questioning the practicality and wisdom of this activity, considering the nature of body changes from prostatectomy, coupled with physical pounding introduced to body during running. Appreciate your input on experiences with jogging or strenuous excercise after a prostatectomy. Thanks!
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@jogger01, blood in urine is always worthy of investigation. I'll be interested to hear what your doctor says about jogging. I'm bringing @warrens and @kujhawk1978 who continue to exercise post treatment. They may experiences to share. In another discussion @donnelson recommends a publication by the Prostate Cancer Foundation called “Nutrition, Exercise and Prostate Cancer” which I found online here: https://www.troygianduzzo.com.au/pdf/nutrition-excercise-prostate-cancer.pdf
Jogger, what type of surface do you jog on? I wonder if using a treadmill might lessen the impact factor? Not as nice as running outside, of course.
Throughout my treatment, surgery, Lupron, radiation and taxotere I have done everything but run – ride my bike, ski, swim, hike in the mountains, elliptical, basketball..,
My not running is tied to back problems a few years ago. My orthopedic doctor said to give up running as it was not good for my joints…
I’m no doctor so can’t say that running is tied to your problem, if it was then other forms of aerobic and strength exercises could also cause what you are experiencing. I have not heard of any correlation on any of the online PCa communities I participate in.
It is likely something else so consult with your medical team.
As to diet and exercise, well, it just makes sense that they can play a role in mitigating side affects such as CVD, metabolic syndrome, bone health…
Also, if you keep an active lifestyle and reasonable diet it may mean you can enjoy doing the things you love to do, which can impact your attitude about living with PCa which along with diet and exercise can play a role in your QOL.
Thanks for the input. I do use a treadmill and thought I was building stamina slowly since surgery, where I started with walking and incremented treadmill speed minimally over many weeks. I also utilize a high quality running shoe. I’ll keep you posted on findings from doctor visit. At this point I am just keeping my routine focused on walking and eliptical and no further issues have surfaced since backing off the running routine. Hesitant to create further complications with running. Doctor plans further tests during my next PSA screening visit at end of July.
Got some good news and not so good news at my checkup. Tests to evaluate bladder and kidneys, regarding blood in urine showed no obvious issue. Discussing jogging with Doctor, I have no limitations at this time:). That said, my PSA has transitioned from not detectable to detectable. This means more tests and mapping a plan. On to the next challenge…..
Thanks for sharing. I am now waiting for my first 6-month PSA.
Hope you are comfortable telling this group what your plan might be at this point.
All the best to you and all…
Had MRI this week to assess why my PSA has started elevating so soon after prostatectomy. Results show suspicious tissue in seminal vesicle margin area and now highly suspicious lesion on tail bone, indicating potential for bone metastasis. To validate if cancerous matastasis has extended to bones, planning a choline injection PET CT scan this coming week and better understand extent of matastasis. Based on the PET act scan results, combination of chemo, Androgen depervation theorpy, and radiation likely. A bit frustrating to learn this new news after finally feeling recovered from January surgery. Now time to get myself mentally ready for the next battle.
That's tough news to get, @jogger01 and just as you were getting back on your feet. It's a sucker punch in the gut. I'll be interested to hear the results of your upcoming testing and treatment decisions. I can imagine getting yourself prepared mentally isn't easy. Do you have a good support system around you?
Had my choline PET SCAN this week and believe I got a minne-sota miracle…..the tail bone lesion that was identified on MRI as highly suspicious for bone matastasis, did not illuminate during choline PET SCAN, meaning negative for prostate cancer and thereby changing the need for chemo…..very happy. The scan did reveal recurrence in soft tissue of prostate bed area and plan to meet radiation oncologist in coming month to assess and devise treatment plan, which will likely be radiation. Will also have radiation oncologist assess the bone lesion, with possibility to additionally radiate this spot as precautionary. I have a great support system including this forum. Many prayers were answered with the PET SCAN results on the bone lesion. I’ll keep you posted with plans after assessment by my radiation oncologist.
Blessings for your minne-sota miracle, @jogger01. I'm glad that you count the members of this forum as part of your support system. I'll be interested to hear your treatment plans once they're in place. All the best.
Met with my radiation oncologist this week, and after review of my imaging results along with additional consultation with my urology specialist, a bone biopsy was recommended to further assess recently discovered tail bone lesion. Thankfully the bone biopsy results have come back negative (whew again). I am so pleased with my mayo team being extra thorough as the treatment plan would have involved chemo if result had come back positive. I will be starting androgen depravation therapy (ADT) followed up with radiation therapy (35 doses) to address the prostate cancer bed area recurrence evident from prior choline pet scan. Believe the team has me on a successful path for full cure….hopefully the ADT side affects are minor and manageable. The doctors emphasize the value of excercise while undergoing ADT, so my mission will be to remain positive and consistently keep up with jogging, even if fatigued….SKOL!