National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is an annual celebration held on the first Sunday of June. This year, NCSD is on June 3, 2018 and serves to acknowledge the strength and courage of those living with cancer. This day also provides an opportunity for survivors to celebrate milestones, join in fellowship and express gratitude to those who have supported them along the way.
In the United States, there are nearly 14 million people living with a history of cancer. As a result of improved diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care, two in three adult cancer patients – and four in five children – will survive for at least five years after their diagnosis, and many will live long lives. However, survivors can face many physical, emotional, and financial challenges that persist long after the initial diagnosis and treatment. Therefore, support is extremely important to survival. Studies show that people with social and emotional support through their cancer journeys have better medical prognoses and outcomes.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is encouraging staff and the public to visit our Facebook page to share a personal message about a celebrating a cancer survivor that is close to them. A small sign image is also available on the page to print and write in a personal celebration. All are encouraged to take a photo of yourself with the sign and post on your social media accounts. Please use the #NCSD2018 or #CelebrateLife and make sure to tag St. Elizabeth’s Hospital-HSHS page in your posts.
The Cancer Care program at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
“St. Elizabeth’s takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care,” notes Alison Tindall, MHA, BSN, RN, SCRN, LSSBB, Director of Business Development and Clinical Service Lines at St. Elizabeth’s.
Some of the new programs and technologies St. Elizabeth’s recently added for cancer patients includes:
The addition of hybrid PET/CT technologies to more accurately diagnose and located cancers while increasing patient comfort during the procedure.
A new low dose CT Lung Cancer Screening to detect nodules or spots on the lung.
The installation of Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy (ENB) with the use of superDimension™ technology to offer a minimally invasive procedure to diagnose, state and prepare to treat lung lesions.
3D Mammograms offered at three locations within the Metro East.
St. Elizabeth’s hopes all will join us in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day and show your support for cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care providers. Visit http://www.steliz.org/Medical-Services/Cancer-Care to learn more about the cancer care services available at St. Elizabeth’s.
For more information on National Cancer Survivors Day please visit http://www.ncsd.org/.