Did you know that diet and exercise may help delay prostate cancer progression?

Please see our latest recommendations

For a general introduction and our overarching lifestyle recommendations:

"Health and Wellness, Living with Prostate Cancer" Health and well guide


For comprehensive dietary advice, please see our Part 2 guide (May 2018):

“Health and Wellness, Living with Prostate Cancer: Part 2: Dietary Recommendations” Health and Wellness newsletter 2

To view presentation on: 
"Diet & Exercise - Living with Prostate Cancer"


Healthy Eating Tips for All 

The UCSF Department of Urology is committed to offering the highest quality urologic care and innovative research programs. The following studies are taking place in our department's clinical trials office.  If interested to join any of the studies, please call 415-353-7348 or email: [email protected] or [email protected]. For the PATH study, please contact Sylvia Zhang (contact info below).

Your participation in a research study is voluntary. The information you provide will be confidential, and individual information will not be released.

PATH Study: a research study to learn about Preferences, ATtitudes, and Health behaviors related to diet and lifestyle among men with prostate cancer currently on androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).

We are inviting men with hormone-sensitive prostate cancer to share their experiences living with prostate cancer through a survey, diet recall, and optional focus group. The information participants provide will allow researchers to advance knowledge about prostate cancer and tailor resources to help future patients with prostate cancer. Participants will receive a $50 gift card in return for their time for the surveys and can earn an additional $50 for participating in a focus group. If interested or would like more information, please contact Sylvia Zhang at 415-514-3601 or [email protected]. Please CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION


Exercise may delay prostate cancer progression 

UCSF investigators have reported that brisk walking or other aerobic exercise and intake of specific foods may delay or deter progression of prostate cancer. To expand on these exciting results, we are conducting research to examine whether personalized exercise and diet programs alter prostate cancer biology or reduce the risk of progression.


AS Exercise RCT: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Exercise versus Usual Care among Men Opting for Active Surveillance for Prostate CancerASX logo

We are conducting a clinical trial of tailored exercise for men choosing active surveillance for early stage/low grade prostate cancer. This study is open to men who are on Active Surveillance for localized prostate cancer. Participants assigned to the intervention will receive a four-month home-based personalized exercise prescription, free exercise coaching, and a heart-rate monitor. Participants will be asked to come on site 2-3 times; those who complete all study assessments may earn up to $500.  


AS Exercise Observational Study: An Observational Study of Exercise among Men Opting for Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

We are conducting a study of cardiopulmonary fitness among men choosing active surveillance for early stage/low grade prostate cancer. This study is open to men who are on Active Happy feetSurveillance for localized prostate cancer. Participants who complete the one-time study assessment will receive $100.


Prostate 8 Study - II: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Diet & Exercise Interventions among Men with Prostate Cancer – II

Our UCSF research team has developed diet and exercise programs specifically geared toward men with prostate cancer. The purpose of this study is to determine whether a 2-year wellness program focused on diet and exercise improves biological, clinical, and quality of life outcomes in men choosing surgery as primary treatment for prostate cancer. Prostate 8 logoMen will enroll prior to radical prostatectomy and are followed for 2 years. If you participate in this study you will be randomly assigned to one of four study groups that will receive different educational and supportive tools. At different points in the study, all men will receive print educational materials about the benefits of exercise and diet for men with prostate cancer, a personalized lifestyle report, heart rate monitor and resistance bands to use during exercise, and a 9-week text messaging program focused on your recovery after radical prostatectomy surgery. Those who complete all study assessments may earn up to $250. 

Questions?  Ready to Join?  If you have questions or are interested to join any of the above studies, 415-353-7348 or email: [email protected] or [email protected]


Coming Soon!      

(Please call us or check back for further information)

A new digital cohort for individuals with prostate, bladder or colorectal cancer – an observational study consisting of surveys about lifestyle and quality of life, with options to donate digital app data (e.g., Fitbit)

Please consider volunteering for research and tell your friends!


Studies brought to you by Drs. June Chan, Stacey Kenfield, and Erin Van Blarigan, epidmiologists who conduct translational lifestyle research in oncology.   

Main Clinical Research Coordinator Supervisor: Imelda Tenggara

In collaboration with: UCSF Depts. of Urology, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Pathology, Medicine (including Division of Hematology/Oncology), Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, Orthopedic Surgery, Radiation Oncology; and Urologic Clinical and Translational Science staff (Dept. of Urology); Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute; UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine; & the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. External Collaborators: Oregon Health Sciences University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, & Edith Cowan University (Australia).

Acknowledgements: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, Helen Diller Family Chair in Population Science for Urologic Cancer, Steven & Christine Burd Safeway Distinguished Professorship, GenomeDx, Movember Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation.

We are indebted to all the study participants! Thank You! Lifestyle team(Fr left to right) Rebecca Graff, ScD; Stacey Kenfield, ScD; June M. Chan, ScD; Erin Van Blarigan, ScD; and Crystal Langlais Epid and Translational Science PhD student

Interested to make a donation to our research team?

Gifts can be made at (Click on the blue “direct your gift to a specific area” button; click “other” and type in “Dr. Chan Lifestyle Research”) or mail to:

UCSF Foundation
C/O Cia Glover
P.O. Box 45339
San Francisco, CA 94145-0339
Note Dr. Chan Lifestyle Research on memo of check