Published: 05 February 2014

Surrey marks World Cancer Day

Inspiring lecture reveals the benefits of exercise for people living with cancer.

To mark World Cancer Day 2014, the University hosted a range of activities to raise awareness about how exercise can be used to take positive action against cancer.

The event finished with an inspiring evening lecture summarising the University’s pioneering research into the use and benefits of exercise for cancer patients. Read more about Surrey’s groundbreaking cancer research.

The event included a moving talk from Jonathan Acott, Head of Operations at Surrey Sports Park, who shared his experience of cancer and his views on how sport helped him beat the disease three times. Read Jonathan’s story in The Guardian.

Guests heard from Hardev Pandha, Professor of Medical Oncology and Consultant Medical Oncologist, who gave an insight into the future of cancer treatment. Joe Wainwright, manager of the Surrey Human Performance InstituteDr Lisa McCann, Senior Lecturer in Cancer Care, and Surrey PhD student Katy Crandall also spoke. Learn more about Professor Pandha’s research into bladder and prostate cancer.

The event was supported by several cancer charities including Surrey MarrowUCAREProstate Project, and Macmillan Cancer Support.

“The mind-set of ‘rest is best’ has been challenged and positive results are showing that exercise is safe and beneficial for people living with and beyond cancer,” said Dr McCann.

“Evidence clearly shows the benefits of exercise for people during and after treatment for cancer. Physiological benefits, including increased aerobic fitness and reduced fatigue, as well as psychological benefits such as reduced depression, have been shown in people who take part in exercise. In addition, the evidence suggests that sufficient levels of exercise may also reduce the risk of recurrence in some cancers.”

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