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UKE receives EUR 3.1 million for cancer aftercare

Physical and psychological long-terms effects of cancer to be prevented by interdisciplinary team concept

The University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is to receive EUR 3.1 million from the Innovationsfonds des Gemeinsamen Bundesausschusses for young cancer patients in the “CARE for CAYA” aftercare programme, a press release said Wednesday. The funds will go towards a nationwide consortium to be set up in 14 places across Germany, led by UKE, over the next two years. The consortium aims to improve links between study and treatment options to benefit young people and is supported by the Techniker Krankenkasse, the AOK Rhineland-Palatinate and AOK Hamburg health insurance companies.

Prevention after surviving cancer as a young person

Multiprofessional, interdisciplinary teams of sports therapists, nutrionists and psycho-oncologists are to be built at 14 places in Germany to develop a concept for cancer prevention among 15 to 39 year olds as part of the “CARE for CAYA” programme which will launch in December 2017. The concept will highlight nutrition and sport as well as psychosocial aspects and complement medical aftercare by oncologists and haematologists in paediatrics and medicine. The main priority is to prevent long-term effects after a person has recovered from cancer in early years.

Psychological care

Dr. Alexander Stein, Head of the Germany-wide programme and Deputy Director of the Hubertus Wald Tumorzentrum – Universitäres Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) at UKE, said: “Apart from aftercare examinations to detect consequences of the disease and its treatment early, for young people it is particularly important to prevent the emergence or to at least minimize the long-term effects through preventative measures. Thus the ‘CARE for CAYA’ team at UKE focuses not only on basic issues such as nutrition and exercise, but also psychological problems and resuming school or work.

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