Fox Chase Cancer Center and Grand View Hospital Celebrate Cancer Survivors and Recognize the Importance of Survivor Support
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SELLERSVILLE, Pa., June 19, 2014
Contact: Jamie Della Croce
– June is Cancer Survivorship Month, and that is reason to celebrate. Due to advances in early detection and treatment, people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis. As of January 1, 2012, the American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. It is estimated that the population of cancer survivors will increase to almost 18 million by 2022.
“Early detection through screening, major improvements in treatment efficacy through the availability of new treatments including targeted therapies, and the improved management of treatment side effects undoubtedly play a significant role in the trend for improved outcomes after cancer therapy and cancer survivorship,” says Crystal S. Denlinger, M.D., medical oncologist at Fox Chase Cancer Center. “However, once active treatment is over, many individuals need support to address their concerns to allow them to continue their lives as cancer survivors.”
Indeed, one of the biggest questions of cancer survivors is what comes next. The fear of recurrence, or cancer coming back, burdens many survivors. However, there is no way to know if there will be a recurrence. One’s risk depends on many factors—including the type of cancer, the treatment received, and how long it has been since treatment.
While many survivors return to their oncologist for follow-up care, others go back to their primary care physician. “Both should have a detailed summary of previous treatments with management recommendations for any lingering treatment effects and the risk for developing late effects, as well as a plan for recommended follow-up,” explains Vickie Keeler
, R.N., B.S.N., director of cancer services
at Grand View Hospital. Late effects are side effects that occur months or years after cancer treatment. They cover a broad range and are specific to the cancer treatment received.
“Many cancer patients are at risk for developing long-term side effects. The evaluation and treatment of these is a key part of their survivorship care and just as important as their initial cancer therapy for optimal long-term quality of life,” says Keeler. Survivorship care also includes focusing on one’s overall health and quality of life—including eating healthy foods, exercising, stopping tobacco use, limiting alcohol, and finding positive ways to manage stress. Receiving recommended routine preventive health screenings—such as cancer screenings, blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring, and bone density testing, as appropriate for one’s age and gender—is also important for optimal health.
As the number of cancer survivors grows, so do the resources available to help survivors navigate this next part of their life. The National Cancer Institute has an Office of Cancer Survivorship that is dedicated to enhancing the length and quality of life of survivors, addressing their unique needs, and providing support for survivorship research. Many cancer centers conduct survivorship research and offer specialized clinics to provide care and services to cancer survivors. Community organizations, such as LIVESTRONG and the American Cancer Society, offer information and resources on survivorship. Many community foundations are also dedicated to survivorship efforts within specific cancer types.
To learn more about survivorship services at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Grand View Hospital, visit www.foxchase.org
As a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner, Grand View Hospital has early access to new research discoveries on cancer prevention and treatment. Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners is a select group of community hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey affiliated with Fox Chase Cancer Center—part of Temple Health—to provide the latest in cancer research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in their own communities. Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners offers patients, families, and their physicians enhanced resources to deal with the burden of cancer, including the newest clinical trials. Temple Health refers to the health, education and research activities carried out by the affiliates of Temple University Health System and by Temple University School of Medicine.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View Hospital, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive healthcare services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care—particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children’s health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. For more information about services and programs, visit www.gvh.org