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Exercise Medicine Prior to Open Radical Cystectomy: Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy

Exercise has been established to be safe and result in improved physical function and quality of life for cancer patients. More specifically, resistance and aerobic exercise have been shown to enhance the musculoskeletal system, improve cardiorespiratory capacity, prevent functional decline, improve body composition, as well as overall quality of life. Enhancing physical capacity prior to surgery may reduce the stress of surgery and attenuate the general deconditioning process in the immediate post-surgical period which may reduce the length of hospital stay, complications, and time to return to usual activities. Our aim is to improve the functional status of patients prior to radical cystectomy and improve patient outcomes following surgery.

  • Inclusion criteria: Clinical diagnosis of bladder cancer and scheduled for surgery.
  • Sites available: Joondalup and Murdoch.
  • Patients who may be eligible for this project can contact our team for further information on 6304 3444 or at
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