National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual, Celebration of Life that is held in hundreds of communities nationwide, and around the world, on the first Sunday in June. It is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.
Cancer is one of the most formidable challenges anyone can face in their lifetime. It takes a toll not only on the patient but on their family and caregivers. Survivors would be the first to tell someone how huge of a burden would be lifted if they can overcome it. During National Cancer Survivors Day, take time to learn about the next steps after surviving cancer, and what others can do to support the fighters and survivors.
Thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up care, more and more patients are surviving cancer. A report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are more than 16.9 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to more than 22.1 million by 2030.* However, surviving cancer can leave a host of problems. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for developing second cancers and other health conditions.
What comes after surviving cancer?
“What’s next?” It is an important question that is not always given much attention, in light of how much effort was put into the fight, treatment, and recuperation. The ultimate goals for those who are cured and for those in remission are to remain in the best possible health and prevent recurrences. All this should ideally begin during the road to recovery for any patient. A coordinated effort should be made to synchronize follow-up care and testing so both healthcare providers and patients will always be on the same page when it comes to monitoring outcomes of treatment and early detection of recurrences.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
At GenPath, we are committed to the fighters, the survivors, the healthcare providers and families involved in the fight against cancer. Cancer survivors often ask questions about maintaining a healthy lifestyle after cancer – including impacts of food choices, physical activity, and dietary supplements. Patients want to know whether nutrition and physical activity can help them live longer or feel better. Learn more about what cancer survivors can do to stay healthy after cancer treatment via the American Cancer Society, here.
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