Raising awareness and celebrating life during National Cancer Survivors Month

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June is National Cancer Survivors Month and each year, on the first Sunday of June, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day!  With nearly 17 million people in the U.S. living with and beyond cancer – and 43 million cancer survivors worldwide – we all know someone whose life has been touched by cancer.

Naturally, this is a very special event for our Provision family. Since opening our first proton therapy center in 2014, we have treated more than 5,000 patients. We are so grateful to have been a part of each of their journeys. In honor of them, we wanted to share this blog that includes more information on cancer survivorship and how you can join in on the June activities.

WHAT IS NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS MONTH?

National Cancer Survivors Month is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life, during which we acknowledge the cancer survivors in our community, raise awareness of the ongoing challenges survivors face because of their disease, and, most importantly, celebrate life! Special ceremonies and fundraisers are often held on the first Sunday of June, which is known as National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD).

The National Cancer Institute defines a person as a “cancer survivor” from the minute they are diagnosed. They carry the title with them through treatment, and of course, for the rest of their life. As any survivor will attest, the effects of cancer don’t end when treatment does. They face ongoing hardships and National Cancer Survivors Month is a call to action for people around the world to make a commitment to address these hardships. It’s a time to advocate for more research, resources, and public awareness.

It’s also a month to celebrate the fact that cancer death rates continue to go down! Survivors are living longer than ever before. And while life as a cancer survivor is sometimes tough, it also has many beautiful, inspirational, and victorious moments. That’s why we celebrate!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS MONTH

June is National Cancer Survivors MonthLeading up to the first Sunday in June, the NCSD Foundation encourages everyone to spread the message that all cancer survivors deserve a good quality of life. Here’s some suggested verbiage you can copy and paste, along with a visual aid for your post.

All cancer survivors deserve a life with less complication and more celebration. Join us to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges of cancer survivorship on #NationalCancerSurvivorsMonth.

On that Sunday and throughout the month, you can also connect with fellow cancer survivors and supporters from around the world online. Follow the celebration by using the hashtag #NCSD and following National Cancer Survivors Day on social media.

SURVIVORSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT PROVISION

When our patients complete their proton therapy treatment, they have the opportunity to join our Proton Ambassador program. It’s a chance to connect with other people who have gone through treatment, as well as provide support to newly diagnosed patients and those currently in treatment.

Each of our ambassadors has experienced the frightening diagnosis of cancer; the exhaustive research of treatments and side effects; the multitude of tests; the influx of medical bills; and the overwhelming emotions as they work through all this new information. Our ambassadors understand the needs, anxieties, and fears that can disrupt your life when you are diagnosed with cancer.

During this journey, there is perhaps no greater comfort than connecting with someone who has already been down that path. That’s what makes our Proton Ambassador program so special. Not only do ambassadors get to stay engaged with other survivors, but they can also be a source of information, encouragement, and hope for other patients.

Our Proton Ambassadors are an integral part of Provision’s Culture of Care. They are cancer survivors who want to make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients. They want to spread the word about proton therapy and the quality-of-life benefits that come along with it. And we are grateful for each and every one of them!

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