Celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day
by Augusta Sires
Covenant Cancer Treatment Center Celebrates Cancer Survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day®
On Sunday, June 1, 2014, cancer survivors worldwide will unite to show what life after cancer looks like. This year marks the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day honoring cancer survivors, helping to show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis and that it’s something to celebrate. A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, administrator for the celebration.
“In the United States, there are around 14 million cancer survivors,” said Mark Ponto, Radiation Oncology Manager at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. “At the cancer treatment center, we have the opportunity to celebrate survivorship every day. National Cancer Survivors Day is a day when we can all come together to honor those living with a history of cancer.”
Following a cancer diagnosis, cancer survivors can be faced with a variety of challenges, including physical, emotional, social and financial.
“The cancer patients we work with have a wide range of needs,” said Kristin Hahn, Medical Oncology Manager at Covenant Cancer Treatment Center. “Struggling to meet those needs is not something we want our patients to have to go through alone. Our team at the cancer treatment center works together to connect cancer survivors with the services and resources they need after their treatment is complete in order to help them live life as healthy survivors.”
There are often misconceptions that life after cancer is a negative experience – which commonly is not the case. The reality is that more people are living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. Life after cancer can be difficult, but when survivorship is supported and celebrated through events such as National Cancer Survivors Day, hope can be brought to all who have made the journey that surrounds a cancer diagnosis.
Covenant Cancer Treatment Center is the area’s only comprehensive, accredited and multidisciplinary cancer treatment center, serving the 10-county area surrounding Black Hawk County for over 25 years. As Iowa’s first stand-alone facility to combine both radiation and chemotherapy treatment, and offer full support services in one convenient location, the center has stood as a promise of hope for those with cancer. They will continue to celebrate and support those who come through their doors, and walk out survivors.