Get strong to fight childhood cancer – an exercise intervention for children and adolescents undergoing anti-cancer treatment

kick-off

1st March 2021

project duration

5 ½ years

grant amount

6.29 million €

8 countries

16 institutions

Get strong to fight childhood cancer – an exercise intervention for children and adolescents undergoing anti-cancer treatment

Cancer is the first leading cause of death from non-communicable diseases in children in Europe. Patients’ morbidity increases during cancer treatment due to physical inactivity, cancer-related fatigue, and reduced health-related quality of life. Specifically, adapted exercise training achieved remarkable effects on successful cancer treatment in adults with cancer. A similar effect has not been clearly demonstrated in children and adolescents yet. This is where FORTEe steps in to promote exercise therapy, which aims to make young patients stronger for fighting childhood cancer.

objectives

  • Evaluation of personalised and standardised exercise therapy for children and adolescents undergoing anti-cancer treatment
  • Relief from cancer-related fatigue and increase of quality of life through adapted exercise intervention
  • Strengthening of muscles and reduction of muscle atrophy
  • Proving the efficiency of an innovative exercise therapy tailored to the individual patient
  • Development and use of digital, innovative technologies such as augmented reality for more effective, age-appropriate, and personalised exercise training
  • Creation of new care pathways for patients using telehealth technologies to increase the access to personalised exercise training to more patients while maintaining physical distancing and isolation measures
  • Implementation of paediatric exercise therapy as an evidence-based standard in the EU

Principal Coordinating Investigator

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (UMC-Mainz), Germany
Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Jörg Faber
Langenbeckstraße 1
55131 Mainz
Germany

Scientific Coordinators and Deputy Principal Investigators

Universitätsmedizin der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (UMC-Mainz), Germany
Dr. Sportwiss. Sandra Stössel and
Dr. med. Marie A. Neu
Langenbeckstraße 1
55131 Mainz
Germany

Project management

concentris research management gmbh
Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)8141 6252 8570
Email: info@fortee-project.eu