National Cancer Survivors Day® To Be Celebrated Sunday, June 7
by Augusta Sires
National Cancer Survivors Day® is Sunday, June 7, 2015. This unique observance marks the 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® honoring cancer survivors, helping to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.
“Life after cancer is more than just surviving. It can be beautiful, abundant, and fulfilling. And that’s something to celebrate,” says Annette Wilson, Covenant Cancer Treatment Center Clinical Director. “At the cancer treatment center, we have a special opportunity to celebrate survivorship every day with joy, hope, camaraderie, and compassion as we acknowledge cancer survivors leaving our center. We also strive to recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and health care providers and raise awareness of the ongoing challenges faced by cancer survivors today.”
Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day® Foundation. In the United States alone, there are more than 14 million people living with a history of cancer.
Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges, such as inadequate or no health insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.
“Despite the numerous challenges they face, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” says Mark Ponto, Covenant Cancer Treatment Center Radiation Oncology Manager. “It’s important for all of us to stand with them and help find ways to lessen the burdens a cancer diagnosis brings.”
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 26 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.