X-Men class a win for our strong men

Westmead Hospital physiotherapists Gerard Regan, Chrissian Segaram, Josip Sulentic, cancer clinical nurse specialists Meg Hughes, Dr Amy Hayden and Associate Professor Sandra Turner with physiotherapist Katherine Maka.

A Westmead Hospital exercise program which sees patients fighting their prostate cancer by training like X-Men has now supported more than 50 people.

The initiative, which is called the ‘X-Men program’, started in June 2017 and uses exercise to reverse the possible effects of hormone therapy for prostate cancer.

It is the only supervised exercise class for patients with prostate cancer in western Sydney.

As part of the program, the men use body weight and resistance exercises at the hospital’s physiotherapy gym once a week to help them feel stronger in mind and body.

Westmead Hospital physiotherapist Gerard Regan said more than 50 patients have already participated in the program.  

“So far we have helped 58 males regain their strength and confidence through our support and their will power,” Gerard said.

“It’s great to see patients feeling happier and healthier after the program.”

The X-Men program is available to Western Sydney Local Health District patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy for their prostate cancer.

For more information about the X-Men program, contact Westmead Hospital’s physiotherapy department on 8890 6500.