Movember – this is how sport can help fight cancer!

The reality is that around 40% of all men in western countries are at risk of developing prostate cancer.

Mach-dich-hertha.de are working with AOK Northeast and the Movember foundation to raise awareness about the growing number of men, who are suffering from the disease.

At the German Sport University Cologne, Dr. Moritz Schumann is currently researching how far sport can have a positive effect on the progression of the disease. Numerous tests have already taken place on animal models, which show how physical activity can inhibit the growth of the tumour. In human medicine, the positive effects have so far been proven, especially in regards to therapy-related side effects, such as fatigue, also known as fatigue syndrome.

Treatment of prostate cancer presents a particular problem; since the patient may be medically castrated if the disease reaches an advanced stage. This usually takes the form of chemical hormone treatment. The consequence: an enormous change in the quality of life of the patient. The reduction of testosterone results in less muscle mass and higher body fat, along with mental health issues.

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Dr. Schumann and his colleagues’ Project GAP4 is dedicated to researching whether continuous exercise can increase the chances of survival of patients, who have been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. Schumann explains, “after an initial diagnosis that evaluates the performance of a patient, the patients complete an hour of training three times a week.”

He further explains that the desired effect is similar to that, which is found in healthy people after regular physical exercise, namely: mental balance and a feeling of wellbeing. Two aspects are particularly important to Schumann here...

The first being the patient’s self-regulation of his performances in training and looking after his own physical condition. The second being avoiding any bone pain. The aim is to counteract the physical decay caused by the disease and testosterone depletion and therefore possibly increase the life-expectancy of the patients.

Schumann and his colleagues are still at the beginning of their global study. Out of a planned 900 participants, 100 have applied to join the study so far (should you have an interest in taking part, please contact gap4@dsds-koeln.de).

“The feedback of the patients is very positive”, Schumann reported. “They particularly appreciate the individual care and support during the training. The patients often report having a ‘clear head’ after exercise.”

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