This Sunday is National Cancer Survivors Day
This Sunday, June 5 is National Cancer Survivors Day.
National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is held annually in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, uniting in a symbolic event to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
The non-profit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation (NCSDF) supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups and other cancer-related organizations that host NCSD events in their communities by providing free guidance, education and networking.
The primary mission of NCSDF is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.
The NSDF defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer ww– from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.
This day also provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, and recognize the healthcare providers, families, and friends who have supported them along the way.
Cancer survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles.
The NCSD Foundation has made a commitment to resolving the issues of cancer survivorship through more resources, research and survivor-friendly legislation to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors.
According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor’s website there are several ways to help a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer.
• Become the point person. Serve as the central figure to coordinate volunteer efforts. The point person not only can assign tasks and create schedules for meal delivery, errands and childcare, but also can update others about the patient’s status. This prevents the patient from being inundated with phone calls.
• Deliver food. A patient is often too tired, weak or sick to shop, prepare meals and clean up – not to mention feeding family members, too. Yet, maintaining good nutrition is critical during treatment.
• Run errands. if a patient has time and energy, at times they may not want to go to stores and risk exposure to infections, colds and viruses.
• Perform chores. Organize a group for housecleaning, yard work, laundry, pet care and other essential household tasks.
• Offer childcare. Children demand a lot of care and attention, and are often scared and confused when a parent is undergoing treatment. Helping a child maintain a normal way of life can help ease anxiety.
• Conduct research. A patient can feel overwhelmed with all the information they need to gather and understand in order to make major decisions, often with little time.
• Send gifts. Flowers, cards, candles, bubble bath, books, magazines, games, chocolates, pajamas, hats/scarves and anything else that’s fun, humorous, comforting and delicious can perk up a patient.
• Offer companionship. If a patient is up for company, take time to visit one-on-one. Do something fun, like shopping or seeing a movie.
To find out more about National Cancer Survivors Day, visit http://www.ncsd.org. To access the Cancer survivor’s network, visit http://www.csn.cancer.org.
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