Brady surgeons know that for many of their radical prostatectomy patients, recovery can take weeks to months. They also know that some things, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, can help men recover faster and do better. But after the men leave the hospital, they don’t always report back in a regular or detailed way. Here’s where Peter Searson, Ph.D., an engineer with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, may be able to use technology to help make life better for these men and their partners.
“Exercise is known to improve the health and well-being of prostate cancer patients,” Searson explains. With funding from the Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund, he aims to use remote monitoring technologies to track the physical activity and weight of men after radical prostatectomy. He also wants to find out “whether men who receive personalized feedback of their physical activity levels and weight are more likely to stick to exercise and dietary programs, and whether they have improved quality of life.”