Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month and June 4th is National Cancer Survivors Day®.

National Cancer Survivors Day is a day to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life.

As part of the 30th annual National Cancer Survivors Day, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world will unite on Sunday, June 4, 2017, to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors.

It is a day for everyone to celebrate, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional.  The day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way.  It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

Thanks to advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up care, more people than ever before are surviving the disease.  According to the official website for the National Cancer Survivors Day, more than 15.5 million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone.

However, surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake.  Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges during and after treatment, including limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, denial of health insurance and life insurance coverage, difficulty finding jobs, and economic burdens due to mounting medical expenses and lost wages.  Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for developing second cancers and other health conditions.

The Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton has been treating cancer patients in our community for over 30 years and would like to honor and celebrate our cancer survivors by hosting Cancer Survivor Celebration:  Food, Fun & Hope.  Anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, along with his or her family members, is invited to attend this free community event.  The event will be held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazleton (1701 East Broad Street) from 5 – 8 p.m.  There will be a picnic, music, face painting, raffles, and much more.  For more information, or to RSVP, please call (570) 459-3460.

If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with cancer, please contact the Cancer Treatment Center at Hazelton today.  Whether you would like to discuss treatment options, or get a second option, we are here to help in any way we can.