Cancer Survivorship Celebration

Cancer Survivorship Celebration! 
June 3, 2018 was the 31st Annual National Cancer Survivors Day

Submitted by Ilyse Streim, Oncology Massage Therapist, Center for Integrative Medicine

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National Cancer Survivors Day® 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 survivors and supporters united at events throughout the country to celebrate life and raise awareness.

Cancer Survivorship Issues
Thanks to advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up care, more people than ever before are surviving the disease. In America alone, more than 15.5 million people are alive today after being diagnosed with cancer.

However, surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake. 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.

Cancer survivors may face numerous challenges during and after treatment:

  • Limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments
  • Denial of health insurance and life insurance coverage
  • Difficulty keeping and finding jobs
  • Economic burdens due to mounting medical expenses, lost wages, and reduced productivity

Add to that emotional struggles, strains on personal relationships, and the profound fear of cancer recurrence. The effects of cancer don’t simply end when treatment does.

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation believes that more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation are needed to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors – during and after treatment.

National Cancer Survivors Day website http://www.ncsd.org/
Support for Cancer Survivors
Survivorship needs may include supporting the body’s immune system, easing stress, depression, and fatigue, or assistance with nutrition. Therapeutic yoga can be a perfect, gentle re-entry to rebuilding body strength and flexibility. If lymphedema is an issue, Manual Lymph Drainage is essential for the management of lymphedema. http://www.lymphnet.org/
Here at Good Samaritan’s Center for Integrative Medicine, our Integrative staff is trained to work with cancer patients at any time along the cancer journey, from diagnosis through cancer treatment, and into long-term survivorship.  Today doctors not only give nodding acceptance to complementary care but outright encouragement.
Massage, acupuncture, stress management, yoga, and nutritional consultation are important complementary adjuncts that can help survivors find their way to a “new normal.” Our comprehensive cancer support services include:
Acupuncture
Oncology massage
Manual Lymph Drainage
Healing Touch
Therapeutic yoga
Nutritional consultation
Stress management
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

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