What is still unknown about cancer

Sport helps against cancer

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It is important that the sport is fun for those affected.

According to current knowledge, those who do sport regularly can lower their risk of developing cancer. For cancer patients, regular exercise reduces the risk of relapse. This is especially true for those affected who were not physically active before the diagnosis. For them, physical activity reduces the risk of the disease breaking out again. Current studies come to this conclusion.

Exercise helps against chronic exhaustion

This effect has been particularly well researched for breast, colon and prostate cancer. But positive effects have also been demonstrated in leukemia. The studies have also shown that physical activity can reduce typical side effects such as tiredness and listlessness through chemo-, radiation or anti-hormonal therapies. Scientists at the Heidelberg Cancer Research Center were able to prove that physically active breast cancer patients suffer far less from fatigue, i.e. the chronic exhaustion associated with cancer.

Positive influence on the psyche

Sport not only improves physical performance, but also has a positive influence on the psyche. Self-confidence is strengthened and the overall quality of life is increased. Fixed training times provide a structure in everyday life and divert thoughts from the cancer. Exchanges with people who share the same fate can also have a positive effect on wellbeing. It is important to adapt the training plan individually to the physical abilities of those affected. Breast cancer patients in particular are afraid of straining their bodies and exercising despite the sensitive operation scars.

Exact processes in the body are still unknown

The biological processes why sport has this direct influence on cancer are largely unknown. This is mainly due to the fact that cancer development is a complex process. What is certain is that exercise stimulates the metabolism and helps maintain a healthy weight. Scientists also suspect that exercise improves the repair mechanisms of genetic material, lowers insulin levels and reduces the amount of inflammatory messenger substances. In women with hormone-dependent tumors, the level of estrogen in the blood is measurably reduced.

The combination of strength, endurance and coordination training is particularly advantageous. Regardless of which sport is practiced, it is also important that it is fun. Because the psyche also has a great influence on general well-being and the immune system.

Interview partner:

Dr. phil. Thorsten Schmidt
Sports scientist M.A.
Head of Sports and Exercise Therapy Support
Cancer Center North CCC
University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel
c / o Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics, Oncology
Arnold-Heller-Strasse 3
24105 Kiel
Tel. (0431) 597 2180
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.uksh.de/krebszentrum

Interview partner in the post:
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Ulrich
Director of the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg
German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
In Neuenheimer Feld 460
69120 Heidelberg
Tel. (06221) 56 52 30
Fax: (06221) 56 52 31
Internet: www.nct-heidelberg.de

Prof. Dr. Karen Steindorf
Head of the Exercise and Cancer Working Group
National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg
In Neuenheimer Feld 460
69120 Heidelberg
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.nct-heidelberg.de

Dr. Jochen Wiskemann
Co-leader of the exercise and cancer group
National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) Heidelberg
In Neuenheimer Feld 460
69120 Heidelberg
Email: [email protected]
Internet: www.nct-heidelberg.de

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