For 28 years, communities around the world have joined with the National Cancer Survivors Day to celebrate life. National Cancer Survivors Day is the first Sunday in June every year. It is aimed at increasing awareness around all of the challenges faced by cancer survivors everywhere.
The events held on National Cancer Survivors Day provide an opportunity for cancer survivors to not only connect with one another, but also with family, friends, patient advocates and health care professionals.
“To say that surviving cancer is challenging would be an understatement,” said Laura Shipp, a spokesperson for the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. “But it is a challenge that millions of people are overcoming. National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration of how far we’ve come in extending life after cancer.”
A Growing Number of Cancer Survivors
The American Society of Clinical Oncologists states, “Survivorship means different things to different people, but it often describes the process of living with, through and beyond cancer.” The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, which created the celebrations, defines a cancer survivor as anyone who is now alive and has a history of cancer.
When National Cancer Survivors Day was founded in 1987, the 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers was around 56 percent. Today, the 5-year survival rate has increased to 68 percent. There are more cancer survivors than ever before. There are more than 14.5 million people currently living with a history of cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. By 2024, there will be nearly 19 million patients living with a history of cancer.
Challenges Faced by Cancer Survivors
Many patients struggle when they are diagnosed with cancer because they lack access to specialists, have insufficient information about their disease and have concerns over the cost of their care. Patients who survive cancer need to cope with long-term physical side effects, as well as psychological, social and emotional concerns. Integrated Care Institute believes in this mission and aids patients by addressing these concerns.
The Integrated Care Institute was created to improve care provided to cancer patients here in San Fernando Valley, as well as beyond. Our goal is to provide multidisciplinary, patient-centered care that follows our philosophy of “One Center. One Focus. One Team.”
From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, your team of doctors and health care professionals at the Integrated Cancer Institute will address your concerns and offer personalized support as you progress through treatment and recovery.
To learn more about National Cancer Survivors Day, please visit www.ncsd.org. To learn more about support services that we offer to cancer patients and survivors, please contact us.