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Houston Methodist San Jacinto Honors Cancer Survivors

National Cancer Survivors Day® (NCSD) is Sunday, June 2, 2013. This 26th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and inspiring.

The San Jacinto Methodist Cancer Center is hosting a luncheon on Friday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m. in the Reilly Pavilion (main lobby) to commemorate NCSD, and you’re invited.

“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Denise Martinez, director of cancer services at San Jacinto Methodist. “You will find our event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and discuss the issues faced by cancer survivors today.”

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. Nearly 14 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. Learning about this disease is crucial, because many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. Survivors may face many challenges such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends.

“Despite these challenges, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” says Martinez.

San Jacinto Methodist welcomes all cancer survivors, caregivers, providers and members of our community passionate about the cause to attend the luncheon and program. To RSVP, please call 832-556-6510 by May 29.

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