What is the ExCITE program?
The ExCITE program is an exercise therapy program for cancer patients. Our radiation oncology researchers worked with our Heart and Vascular Institute to design the program. The ExCITE program is the first of its kind in Michigan.
We first studied how exercise therapy benefits breast cancer patients. We now offer the program to people who receive treatment for either breast cancer or prostate cancer.
How do prostate cancer patients benefit from exercise therapy?
- The ExCITE program provides many benefits to prostate cancer patients, including:
- Better weight control
- Better well-being
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- Decreased side effects of cancer treatment, like nausea or hot flashes
- Greater sense of control
- Improved body composition
- Improved endurance, flexibility, functional capacity, and muscular strength
- Improved energy and decreased fatigue
- Lower risk of heart disease
How does the ExCITE program work?
You’ll need a referral from your doctor to take part in the ExCITE program. Once we have a referral, you’ll attend an instructional class. Our exercise oncology specialists will evaluate you to determine your baseline function. Next, we’ll work with you to develop a personalized exercise plan. This plan takes into account your specific needs and capabilities. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, we’ll design your plan to minimize side effects and maximize response. The ExCITE program consists of four parts:
- Exercise instruction class for cancer patients and survivors ($25 fee)
- Fitness assessment
- Personalized exercise plan
- Small-group or individual personal training exercise sessions (separate fee)