It is estimated that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.

Radical prostatectomy is the most common therapy for prostate cancer. Another common prostate cancer therapy is androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) which reduces the amount of testosterone produced.  These prostate cancer therapies can be effective in treating the cancer however they can be accompanied by side effects and complications for the men undergoing them.

Complications of Treatment for Prostate Cancer
More than 80% of patients have reported urinary incontinence 1 month after radical prostatectomy. Urinary incontinence can affect patients’ activities of daily living and quality of life.

Men undergoing ADT can experience side effects such as reduced fitness, loss of bone and muscle mass, increased fatigue and weight gain.

The Role of Exercise Therapy in Cancer Rehabilitation

Exercise is an important adjunction therapy to prostate cancer therapies.

The benefits of exercise for people with cancer include:

  • Improved muscle strength and fitness
  • Improved bone density retention
  • Improved function for ADLs and quality of life
  • Improved immune function
  • Improved cancer therapy completion rates
  • Reduced emotional stress, depression and anxiety
  • Reduced cancer related fatigue
  • Reduced rate of prostate cancer mortality
  • Increase cancer survival rates
  • Exercise for prostate cancer needs to be appropriately prescribed by a health professional.

Specific exercise for urinary incontinence after a prostatectomy is most commonly prescribed in the form of pelvic floor muscle exercise. Research suggests that pelvic floor muscle exercise is an economical and safe therapy for patients, however, to correctly isolate and contract these muscles patients require the guidance of a professional therapist.

Patients who completed guided pelvic floor exercise had a higher rate of continence at 1, 3, 4, 6 and 12 months after the prostatectomy surgery.

What To Expect From The PHIT Exercise Class

The PHIT exercise class is a progressive 20-week program designed specifically for prostate cancer survivors post-prostatectomy. The class is 45 minutes in duration and is guided by an accredited exercise physiologist. The class includes:

  • Warm- up component
  • Pelvic floor specific exercises
  • Resistance exercises
  • Balance exercises
  • Cool down and stretching component



  • Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). (2019). Exercise and Cancer.
  • Zeng, T., Wu, M., Wang, C., Xiao, Q., & Peng, C. (2019). The therapeutic effect of pelvic floor muscle exercise on urinary incontinence after radical prostatectomy: a meta-analysis. Asian Journal Of Andrology, 21(2), 170. doi: 10.4103/aja.aja_89_18 Online
  • Exercise is Medicine Australia. (2014)

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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