Cancer patient: The training gives my day a little more stability

that Cancer do not care who you are. Whether it is banker or civil servant, surgeon or supermarket cashier, pensioner or student, star or little star. When children die tumor diagnosis received is shock extraordinarily large. This is also part of the daily medical life in Germany. About 500,000 people receive this grim diagnosis one year.

No matter how difficult it may be for the sick and their families in the first place, a look at the latest statistics gives hope. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, cancer is much less the same today than it was 20 years ago Death penalty. “Considering that, on average, people are getting much older today, cancer mortality in Germany has been declining for years and the life expectancy of those affected has increased markedly. Before 1980, more than two-thirds of all cancer patients died of their cancer. Today, more than half can hope for a permanent cure, ”writes das German Cancer Research Center of the Helmholtz Society on his website.

prevention and rehabilitation

But if you live a healthy life and stay fit in sports, you are not prepared to get cancer. Tumors can grow even in the major ascetics, and even non-smokers can develop lung cancer. Anyone who denies this would be a charlatan. And yet it is Elke Paschek, CEO of Injoy Fitness Studio in Braunschweigconvinced: “Exercise can generally have a preventative nature and can help bring your physical condition back into balance during and after cancer treatment.”

Paschek er state-authorized physiotherapist and has specialized in training with cancer patients for years. This gives the studio a unique sales offer in the Braunschweig region. To this end, Paschek is in close contact with science – namely with University of Heidelberg and Center for Integrated Oncology at the University Hospital of Cologne. The latter institute also has the so-called Oncology training and movement therapy (OTT) developed – and Paschek’s Studio certified.

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Eberhard Kleuker was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Today, the 74-year-old has hopes of winning the battle against the disease. In the gym, he’s doing that Power Circle, where different machines use different muscle groups. At Paschek’s instruction, Kleuker pulls hard on the “Latzug” device, which should strengthen the latissimus on his back, and then slides the device up again. “Nice and slow,” Paschek says. “Not too fast, so it has an effect,” she tells him. “Of course,” Kleuker replies. The tumor had spread to his mouth. The operation was complicated. By Medical University of Hanover he underwent surgery. There is an absolute expert in this type of cancer there, Kleuker says as he takes off his shirt. He is sweating. The operation left two large scars. One on the neck after a tracheotomy. The other scar on the upper arm. Here, skin was removed from him to “transplant” it elsewhere. “Look,” he says, opening his mouth. “My tongue looks a little different than healthy people.” Kleuker now knows exactly how transplant surgery works.

Kleuker does not forget the weeks he had to spend in the hospital. He was hooked up to machines for two weeks, after which he could no longer recognize himself. “All the muscles had contracted.” He talks about a car trip. It went to southern Germany for rehabilitation. A friend would take him there at that time. “We had to drive to the parking lot near Göttingen because I could not sit in the car anymore,” says Kleuker, pressing at that moment his butt and lower back with both arms. “Everything hurt me.” After rehab, he then went to OTT and Injoy Registered. Things seem to be looking up for Kleuker now. Not only do the pounds on the machines increase, his strength also increases. But most importantly: “All follow-up investigations so far have been imperceptible. The doctors are happy, ”he says.

Individual training plans

As with Kleuker, Paschek first prepares an individual training plan with other cancer patients, which must then be implemented in OTT. There are three key issues that need to be clarified in the anamnesis interview. “What are the deficits, what are the resources, and what are the goals?” she explains. Here, drawings would not help, says Paschek, but one must adapt the training individually to the respective needs and side effects of the medical therapies. There is a difference whether someone is under or after one chemotherapy want to improve their fitness or in case of Breast cancer or prostate cancer diagnoses going through the stage of medically prescribed anti-hormonal therapy. Is anyone recovering from surgery or undergoing surgery? Here, too, the training plan must be flexible. After a distant brain tumor, does anyone need exercises to improve coordination, or is the goal to increase strength and mobility? “We have many women who have very sensitive scar tissue after a breast cancer diagnosis and an operation. Creating more mobility in the chest area requires different exercises than for patients who should not undergo these surgeries, ”Paschek gives examples. Currently, three to four new clients who have previously had cancer come for counseling every week. “The need is enormous.”

Interaction: fitness, strength, nutrition

In the future, Paschek wants to expand the offer in its gym. In addition to training, strength and coordination, nutritional issues should also receive greater attention. For this she has Dietitian Eva C. Marshal brought on board a specialist who offers outpatient advice. Below The names “Palimar” (Paschek / Link / Marshal) now operates the newly established health center on the site of the Injoy studio in Braunschweig, which is trying a triad. First: The well-established fitness and equipment training plus the course offerings. Second: oncological exercise therapy. And third: nutritional expertise in the case of serious “life-altering diseases” such as cancer.

Paschek criticizes that it is frustrating that few doctors in the region would pass this information on to their patients, even though the information had, among other things, been passed on to them using a similar flyer. “There are some oncology practices that do that. Other doctors do not. People tend to show up here by chance and are very sad that they did not hear about the offer before.”

Mrs Meinecke’s search for coordination

Astrid Meinecke also takes advantage of the offer. There are people who only here realized that many others shared the same or similar fate, Paschek explains. Meinecke also talks about like-minded people that one could meet. But it is not a must. “You can also just do your exercises and drive home,” says study leader Paschek, who is involved Co-CEO Heiko Link even in the strictest Corona lockdown ensured that the medically necessary treatment of cancer patients could be continued. No one is forced to reveal themselves here. But many took the opportunity to exchange ideas.

Hos Meinecke, en tumor in the brain removed. The doctors had given her three months before the operation. The operation was on her 53rd birthday in October, she explains today. According to doctors, your chance of survival is now six percent. She is currently in the third therapy, it is a tablet chemo. She had previously been irradiated. In an interview with our newspaper, she is combative despite the difficult prognosis. The exercises that Paschek would do with her would help improve her motor skills, which were limited after surgery. “I often lose my balance, then I just fall over.”

The special yoga course

Participated in the course “Yoga and Cancer”. Jana Cordes Meinecke tries to attend as often as possible. Cordes gives it twice a week. In total, the solo-independent guides nine courses in the Injoy studio’s premises – from dance to strength to yoga courses. “Yoga and cancer have something in common. There are so many variations, ”she says. Yoga is not the same as yoga and cancer diagnoses are also very different. In the cancer courses, she is solely dependent on exercises that have a dynamic, fluid character. High intensity with prolonged breathing exercises was not one of them, Cordes explains. It’s much quieter. And yet, one would always look for a balance between strengthening and relaxation, says Cordes, who repeatedly asks participants to “listen to themselves” in the lesson. If you need a break, you should treat yourself to it. “Do only what you dare” is the phrase most often heard in class. According to Cordes, the course is limited to twelve people, but often far fewer come to class, not just since the pandemic. “The clarity of the group is an advantage. So I can do better eye contact search with the individual participants. And if I have the feeling that the exercises make her or him harder than his power reserves in addition, I can intervene, ”she says.

For Meinecke, the training in the studio has become a stop in a time marked by great personal uncertainty. It structures your day. She tries to get up to four times a week if her health allows. Unfortunately, that is not the case at the moment, she says, noting how restless she is growing. “If I can not train, I fall into a hole.”

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