Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14.5 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 29th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day this year.
Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.
“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” said Frances Goerlich, director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land. “You will find our Cancer Survivor’s Day event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage.”
“National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land.
Anyone living with a personal history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care.
Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles.
“Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives with the support of other survivors,” said Shkedy.
Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join us as we honor survivors living with a history of cancer. The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 3 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s new Brazos Pavilion Conference Center. Registration is required. Register online at houstonmethodist.org/events or call 281-274-7500.