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Physical activity and pancreatic cancer

World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month 2023 – online event 




Awareness and Diagnosis; Treatment


Tuesday, 21 November 2023, 15:30-17:00 CET

The Idea:  

The event aims to highlight the significant role of physical activity for individuals affected by pancreatic cancer. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the benefits of incorporating exercise during treatment and post-treatment phases. The event will cover topics such as symptom reduction, improved quality of life, and recent research showcasing the potential of aerobic exercise in reprogramming the immune system to reduce pancreatic tumour growth and enhance the effects of immunotherapy.

The event will emphasise the positive impact of physical activity during the treatment phase and in the post-treatment period.

Through informative presentations and discussions, attendees will learn how physical activity can help reduce disease or treatment-related symptoms, such as fatigue, anxiety/depression, and pain. The event will also highlight the improvements physical activity can bring regarding the overall quality of life, including cognitive functioning, social interactions, appetite loss, emotional well-being, sleep quality, constipation, and pain management.

Furthermore, the online event will address recent groundbreaking research published in Cancer Cell on June 2, 2022. This study uncovered the potential of aerobic exercise in reprogramming the immune system, resulting in reduced pancreatic tumour growth and amplification of the effects of immunotherapy.

Mark your calendar and join us for this enlightening and impactful online event, “Physical Activity and Pancreatic Cancer,” on Tuesday, November 21 2023, 15:30-17:00 CET. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those affected by pancreatic cancer through the power of physical activity.



Draft programme: 

  • Gabriele Capurso, EPC General Secretary: Opening
  • Nicolás González Casares, MEP: Welcome message
  • Cindy Neuzillet, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Medical Oncology. Curie Institute Saint Cloud: Keynote speech on The benefits of physical activity for pancreatic cancer patients during and after treatment
  • Panel discussion: The impact of physical activities on pancreatic cancer patients’ quality of life

         Maria Luisa Pagano, PCE Moderator

    • Alice Avancini, University of Verona, Italy
    • Petra Thaller, Outdoor Against Cancer, Germany
    • Sanjay Pandanaboyana, Newcastle University, United Kingdom (TBC)
    • Ali Stunt, PCE Board of Directors and Pancreatic Cancer Action, UK
  • Q&A
  • Ester Molina Beltran, PCE: The project “Physical activities and pancreatic cancer”
  • Alfredo Carrato, PCE Board of Directors: Conclusions and final remarks 
  • Closing of the event

Contacts and registration
PCE Secretariat