SIRvivor BC

Important Update on SIRvivor BC:

The British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association has closed recreation facilities throughout the Province in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC has recommended cancelling group activities for men with prostate cancer. SIRvivor BC exercise classes have been postponed and we look forward to offering them at community centres again in Fall 2020.

 

What is SIRvivor BC?

The SIRvivor BC Prostate Cancer Community Exercise Program runs for 12-weeks, consisting of 2 one hour sessions each week. The program is tailored to men living with prostate cancer and focuses largely on strength development through resistance based exercise. The program is delivered by exercise trainers certified through the BC Recreation and Parks Association. This program is also being evaluated under a research study, which seeks to gather feedback from the program participants on their experience in the SIRvivor BC program. We hope to use this feedback to help us improve and grow the program over the course of the next few years.

Who is Eligible for SIRvivor BC?

All men who are 19 years of age or older and have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are eligible for the SIRvivor BC program. All participants will also be asked to complete a simple pre-exercise screening with a certified exercise physiologist.

Where Will SIRvivor BC Take Place?

Stay tuned for more information on where SIRvivor BC will take place in Fall 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will SIRvivor BC will benefit me?

The majority of men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis are not meeting the recommended exercise guidelines! SIRvivor BC provides you with a structured environment in which you can learn and practice safe and effective exercises and help you to meet the exercise recommendations. Resistance based exercise may also help to combat some side effects of long-term prostate cancer treatment, such as decreased muscular strength and decreased bone density. SIRvivor BC also gives you an opportunity to interact with men who share similar experiences to you and build your community.

What if I am new to exercise?  Is this program right for me?

Yes! SIRvivor BC is designed for men of all fitness levels, abilities and backgrounds. The exercises are easily modified to be manageable for each individual, and the program is run by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge on working with men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis. They will be able to guide and coach you through the program to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!

What if I have not worked out in years? Is this program right for me?

Yes! SIRvivor BC is designed for men of all fitness levels, abilities and backgrounds. The exercises are easily modified to be manageable for each individual, and the program is run by certified fitness trainers who have specific knowledge on working with men who have had a prostate cancer diagnosis. They will be able to guide and coach you through the program to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience!

The cost of the program: What if I cannot afford it?

The average cost of the SIRvivor BC Program is $50.00 when you join for the first time.  The program is two classes per week for 12 weeks, for a total of 24 sessions.  So that works out to $2.10 per class. The program is $120.00 for a 12-week long session after the first time you attend. That works out to be about $5.00 per session, or the same price as a Grande latte from Starbucks!  If cost is an issue, please talk to the recreation centre about what community subsidy programs might be available to you.

Contact

For more information or if you have questions please contact out research coordinator:

Email: s.campbell@ubc.ca

Phone: 604-827-1914

The implementation of this program provincially has been funded by the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program.
To access additional information on the PCSC Program offerings and supportive care for men with prostate cancer, visit the website  https://pcscprogram.ca