The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Sugar Land Town Square all in pink on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 7-9 p.m. The Pink Lighting event is held each year to literally and publicly shine a light on breast cancer and resources available in the community to those facing the disease.
“Breast cancer is the single most common cancer in women, and this month gives us a chance to turn our focus to this disease and the facts we need to face it, reduce the risk and detect it early,” said Shalin Shah, M.D., medical director for MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, and a radiation oncologist. “This unique event gives us the opportunity to honor all patients and survivors, and to share vital information on prevention, screenings and resources.”
As part of the evening Sugar Land-area patients and survivors will be recognized, including those that participate in the center’s breast cancer support group, Breast Friends. MD Anderson staff will be on hand during the event to pass out free educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the light of breast cancer awareness and hope.
It’s a light that already shines brightly in Sugar Land resident Sonia Byrd, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of this year. She said that maintaining a positive outlook throughout her experience was vitally important, an objective made easier because of the staff – and the proximity – of the Sugar Land Regional Care Center.
“The staff were all wonderful – they always seemed like they had been looking forward to seeing me,” Byrd said. “And the fact that they were in Sugar Land was just awesome. I was able to maintain my regular routine and be there for my children in the same way as before, which meant a lot to me and them both. The disease affected my life, but the treatment didn’t alter my life any.”
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. In 2011, an estimated 230,480 new breast cancer cases occurred in women in the United States, and about 2,140 new breast cancer cases in men. As with all cancers, early detection is key to the best outcome.
The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land offers a growing range of services, many which are specific to the treatment of breast disease. The team includes experts in medical, surgical and radiation oncology, supported by advanced practice nurses, pain specialists, nutritionists and social workers. The center also is available to patients who have a questionable breast lump or irregular mammogram who would like to be evaluated or who want a second opinion.
The faculty and staff at the Sugar Land Regional Care Center, located on the campus of St. Luke’s Hospital, see patients diagnosed with a wide range of cancers both rare and common. Every patient seen at the center has access to multidisciplinary care, onsite chemotherapy infusion, radiation treatment, pain management and supportive care. MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land has a specialized on-site nurse navigator who assists each new breast patient through the process of diagnosis, treatment and beyond, and also oversees support groups such as Breast Friends and Look Good…Feel Better.
For more information about the event, visit www.Facebook.com/MDAndersonSugarLand.