June 7th Is Cancer Survivor Day
Cancer Didn’t Bring Me To My Knees, It Brought me to my feet. – Michael Douglas
Few words are scarier to us! Yet according to the American Cancer Society, happily, in the United States, cancer death rates have been steadily declining over the past 25 years. That means more cancer survivors. June 7th is Cancer Survivor Day and we join in celebrating the victory of these survivors over this terrible disease. But, this year, as we share in the joy of cancer survivors, we all have to be mindful of the current pandemic and the effect it can have on both survivors and those currently going through treatment for cancer. What are some of the challenges?
Weakened immune system
The American Cancer Society points out that cancer and its treatments (such as chemotherapy) can weaken the immune system of cancer patients and survivors. Given the current situation with the pandemic, The American Cancer Society continues, “It’s important that all cancer patients and survivors, whether currently in treatment or not, talk with a doctor who understands their situation and medical history.”¹
Since we know that COVID-19 can pose a danger to high-risk populations such as those currently in cancer treatment and cancer survivors, it stands to reason that the pandemic could cause some stress and anxiety. How can they cope? The CDC (Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) suggests the following:
- Take breaks from watching or reading the news about the virus²
- Take time to relax and unwind²
- Call your health care provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities²
So how does this affect us if we (or a member of our family) have not had cancer? We can do our part in making cancer patients feel comfortable in our presence. We can follow the CDC’s recommendations that we’ve all become familiar with; these include:
- Frequently washing our hands²
- Maintaining social distance²
- Monitoring our health for any signs of contagious illness that would be a danger to people with a weakened immune system²
Let’s hear it, then, for the fighters among us! The cancer survivors. We continue to support you through the new challenges that the current pandemic brings to us all. June 7th is your day, enjoy it as you reflect on all you have overcome to be a survivor.
We share your joy and we look forward to welcoming more to the ranks of cancer survivors.
The information offered here is not medical advice and is not intended to replace guidance offered by your medical professionals.
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