The Super Run brings together ESTRO congress participants, exhibitors and patients in the same effort in the fight against cancer, more concretely, by raising awareness of the benefits of using radiotherapy to cure cancer.
The Super Run is introduced as a healthy and educational event bringing together radiotherapy patients and professionals to raise awareness around radiotherapy: demonstrate the ability of patients to still have an active life and build local communities around the radiotherapy topic.
On a beautiful sunny day in Milan, hundreds of people took part in “The Super Run”, the 5th edition of the European race of solidarity with those facing the challenges against cancer. The appointment was on the sidelines of the 38th European Congress of ESTRO (European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology), an international scientific event that attracts thousands of radiotherapy experts from all over the world.
Professor Umberto Ricardi, president of ESTRO: “The Super Run is an event that aims to promote the importance of physical activity and an appropriate lifestyle to reduce the risk of developing neoplastic diseases or to allow patients a better recovery of physical condition and even perhaps a better tolerance to certain therapies ”.
The important steps taken by radiotherapy, thanks to an increasingly targeted action without involving healthy tissues, have increased the effectiveness of this treatment, also extending its range of action, as explained by Professor Stefano Magrini, president of AIRO (Italian Association of Radiotherapy and Clinical Oncology): “The progress of radiotherapy has been substantial and extensive. In the last twenty years radiotherapy has always found indications in a greater number of these cancer cases and in all phases of the disease. From the initial ones, in curative treatment today, radiotherapy is used in 40% of cases. Among the most widespread cases are lung, prostate, breast and rectal neoplasms. They are all cancers that we call the big killers that have a wide incidence and radiotherapy is irreplaceable in each of these diseases “.
In 2018, there are an estimated 4.2 million cases of cancer in Europe. In Italy there are a thousand new diagnoses every day. And unfortunately the incidence of tumors is constantly increasing. “In 2025 – Ricardi has explained – we will have a significant increase of the cases of cancer above all tied to the aging of the population. This will increase the demand for radiotherapy by 16 %. So we will have to prepare in time in terms of the adequacy of the structures and human resources “.
To support the progress of radiotherapy and the benefits of sport during and after cancer treatments, patients, families, doctors, researchers and institutions run side by side during the ESTRO38 congress. Silvia Fascians, a fitness and lifestyle Italian blogger was amongst the runners:
“I think sport is useful in making you understand what your body can do, especially for patients who may have had problems. And to make it clear that the body can return to work to give so much satisfaction that maybe they thought they had lost” she said.
Another Italian blogger Irene Righetti, who makes the race her life and her job, has chosen to participate in the Super Run. “I joined this very special race to remind everyone how important radiotherapy is in the fight against cancer and how important it is to practice sports. It is good for the heart, it is good for the mind and it is good for the spirit” she concluded.
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