6TH PATIENT DAY 2017 "HEALTH DISCUSSION FOR CANCER PATIENTS"
Well over 400 patients and relatives as well as doctors attended the Patient Day of the Tumorzentrum München (TZM - Munich Tumour Centre) and Bayerische Krebsgesellschaft e.V. on Saturday 8 April 2017.
This, the sixth Patient Day, was shaped by topics from the fields of complementary medicine, nutrition, psycho-oncology and exercise for cancer patients. The presentation by Prof. Dr. Bachmeier was a resounding success. On the basis of studies, she explained a significant connection between curcumin and the decline in tumours. Curcumin is a natural substance which is found in the roots of turmeric. The audience's interest was so overwhelming that an advisory session with Prof. Dr. med. B. Bachmeier is being offered at Munich Tumour Centre.
Nutrition and exercise have become part of the traditional line up of Patient Day topics. This was seen in Dr. Haberl's presentation on appropriate lifestyles for cancer patients. The speaker originally organised to speak on this topic was unfortunately taken ill. Despite the short notice, participants were able to enjoy an extremely interesting presentation which mainly addressed the topic of a healthy lifestyle and included practical tips.
Anxiety is an ever-present feeling for cancer patients, as Dr. phil. Lang presented in an extremely comprehensible and clear way. He was able to explain complex topics such as anxiety, pressure or even guilt, and in his presentation showed a possible way of actively dealing with such topics, including having a "kind and encouraging conversation with yourself".
The Sports Science graduate Dr. Spanier then - in the truest sense of the word - got everyone in the packed-out lecture theatre moving and vividly explained the significance of physical activity - not just for cancer patients. The motto of the presentation "keep moving...or get moving!" will be remembered by many participants for a long time.
Once again this year, Werner Buchberger, former head of health at Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio), was moderator and added his usual great sense of humour to the event. He successfully initiated discussion between audience members and speakers, proving himself to be an excellent interlocutor between members of the public and experts.
Finally, we would like to extend our enormous gratitude to everyone who helped in organising this event!