Cancer patients to be prescribed exercise as part of new approach

By Tom Walker May 05, 2021

The program is designed to optimize cancer treatment and minimize length of hospital stay / Shutterstock / Robert Kneschke

An innovative new approach aims to help cancer patients prepare for and respond to treatment by providing them with a combination of exercise, nutrition and psychological support.

Launched by the Advanced Wellbeing Research Center (AWRC) at Sheffield Hallam University – and funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research – the new approach will provide personalized support and advice to each participant in the program.

Designed to optimize cancer treatment, minimize length of hospital stay and reduce the likelihood of complications from surgery, the AWRC expects the method to improve cure rates and save lives by reducing the risk of surgery. likelihood of cancer recurring after treatment.

To begin with, patients with cancer of the lungs, colon, esophagus, stomach and small intestine will be part of a first pilot project before the program is expanded to include patients with cancer. other forms of cancer.

The pilot is expected to start in the fall.

Professor Robert Copeland, director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Center, said: “We want to help improve the way we help people with cancer prepare for and recover from their treatment.

“Evidence suggests that an exercise program, diet changes and psychological support can help reduce negative side effects, improve treatment and improve quality of life in the long term.

“Being more physically active after a cancer diagnosis is associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence and a greater likelihood of recovery.

“Physical activity is generally not prescribed for cancer patients and we want that to change.”

Dr Kathryn Scott, CEO of Yorkshire Cancer Research, added: “In recent years it has become very clear that exercise plays a critical role in improving cancer survival rates and that physical activity programs should be prescribed to people with cancer in the same way. like other treatments.

“At Yorkshire Cancer Research, our goal is that 2,000 more people survive cancer each year in Yorkshire.

“Together with the AWRC Sheffield pioneering team, we are taking a big step forward in creating a world-class program that can be implemented across Yorkshire and beyond, thus helping to save many lives. ”

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