National Cancer Survivors Day – Sunday, June 2, 2013

Cancer Survivor Picking up T-Shirt

Photo attached is a patient at the Avera Queen of Peace Cancer Center in Mitchell receiving her NCSD celebration T-Shirt.

From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, June 2, 2013, people around the nation celebrated the 26th annual National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD). Many communities held celebrations to honor cancer survivors and show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis — a cause worth celebrating. At Avera, each cancer center hosted an event including ice cream socials and celebrations in their communities.

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual worldwide celebration of life. It’s the day each year that we pause to honor everyone who is living with a history of cancer. “A ‘survivor’ is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life,” according to Avera Cancer Center Associates.

NCSD provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize the health care providers, family and friends who have supported them along the way. The day is to assist cancer survivors in standing together and show that there is life after a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer survivors may face physical, emotional, social and financial challenges as a result of their cancer diagnosis and treatment. Many are confronted with access to specialists, information about promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding employment and psychosocial struggles.

The Avera Cancer Centers provide more than just treatments they are a resource for assistance, guidance, education, a network of support groups and other cancer-related programs. The primary mission for the celebration of National Cancers Survivors Day is to bring awareness to the issues of cancer survivorship to better the quality of life for cancer survivors. Thank you for recognizing all the cancer survivors out there and celebrating life.

By Charlene Berke

Director of the Cancer Center at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital