When I agreed to participate in the exercise program I was not exercising at all. I would occasionally take walks, mostly a little more than a mile in the neighborhood and about two or at the most three times per week. At first, I increased the frequency to three and sometimes four times per week, still walking the same route of a little more than a mile. Then about the time we were directed to quarantine at home I started to walk every day and the distance was increased to two miles. Because of arthritis, I find that the two miles is about as far as I can go at this time and my consistency has remained where I am walking every day of the week.
The good news is the pants that I am now able to get into, from a size 42, are back to size 40. At the time of the video I weighed 232 pounds, and I am happy to say I am down to 220, with my clothes on.
— Jack, a patient who participated in the video series
How did you recruit participants for the project?
As part of an existing collaboration with the Us TOO prostate cancer support group (Seattle chapter), headed by Marty Chakoian, we reached out to advocacy group leaders inviting men with prostate cancer and their families to participate. Further, we contacted our colleagues in Fred Hutch’s Office of Community Outreach & Engagement to include their insight and expertise, particularly in discussions surrounding the disparate effect of prostate cancer on underserved communities.
What are the challenges you are hoping these videos can overcome?
Physical activity can combat the side effects of prostate cancer treatment, improving treatment-related toxicity, fatigue, stress and, indeed, overall mental health. We hope these videos will allow members of the prostate cancer community to design and maintain an individual exercise routine that suits their abilities, and needs, and provides a supportive resource for improving their overall quality of life. In addition to exercise, this video series discusses the disproportionate rate of prostate cancer in underserved communities and provides insight and information that aims to improve accessibility and understanding.