Around 400 patients and relatives, as well as doctors, visited the "Nutrition and Complementary Medicine for Cancer Patients" Patient Day of the Tumorzentrum München (TZM - Munich Tumour Centre) and Bayerischen Krebsgesellschaft e.V. on 12 April 2014.
One particular fact transpired very clearly at the Patient Day: there is no single correct form of nutrition for all cancer patients. Rather, those affected should clarify a few questions with their nutritionist at the beginning of their treatment: Is my weight normal? Am I over or underweight? How is my overall health? Are there any possible deficiencies?
Professor Hans Hauner, director of the Else Kröner-Fresenius Centre, and Dipl.-Oecotrophologin (oecotrophologist), Astrid Baumeister, provided information in their presentations about what patients who are overweight or underweight can actually do and gave lots of practical tips. Professor Hauner also referred people to the new internet portal www.ernaehrung-krebs-tzm.de of the "Nutrition and Cancer" Work Group at the TZM, which provides patients with answers to many individual questions relating to the topic of nutrition for people with cancer.
For inspiration later on at home, visitors also received a recipe book: "Gesund und köstlich" (Healthy and Delicious) with lots of delicious dishes, including vegetarian recipes. And this week ten participants will also be able to celebrate winning a place on a cooking course with Michelin-star chef, Hans Haas. The winners will be notified in writing. The cooking course participants from the last Patient Day were extremely enthusiastic - not only about Hans Haas' vast experience but also his charming and humorous introduction to the mysterious world of culinary skills and healthy enjoyment.
The second topic on the agenda forming a main focus of the Patient Day this year was "Complementary Medicine for Cancer Patients": Professor Dieter Melchart and his colleagues explained the term "complementary medicine" on the basis of practical examples and showed how natural medicinal measures can be sensibly used to complement and support cancer treatment, especially when patients are having to struggle with side effects, for example, lack of appetite, loss of taste or altered sensitivity.
After the presentations, Dipl.-Sozialpädagogin (social education worker), Heide Perzlmaier, from the psycho-social Krebsberatungsstelle (Cancer Counselling Services) of the Bayerische Krebsgesellschaft introduced Qi-Gong methods. Alternative medicine practitioner Dr. rer. Nat. Johanna Bahr-Thielemann demonstrated relaxing exercises from the Chinese therapeutic technique which are offered, for example, as courses at the Bayerische Krebsgesellschaft e.V..
We would like to thank you for all the positive feedback we have received regarding the 2014 Patient Day! Unfortunately, there was not enough time to provide comprehensive answers to all questions. Therefore we would like to offer you the chance to ask your question via email. Please write to us at: tzmuenchen(at)med.uni-muenchen.de
Thank you for the huge amount of interest and we look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Patient Day! The date will be announced in due course!