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Sunday, June 4, is National Cancer Survivors Day. It is a day to celebrate those who are living with, and those who have beaten cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are more than 15 million cancer survivors in the U.S., and that figure is growing.
"The term ‘cancer survivorship’ is used highlight their journey following diagnosis," says Dr. Ruben Mesa, a hematologist/oncologist at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Phoenix. "It's important to draw attention [to the] challenges that cancer survivors face every day, because, as a group, they all face similar challenges of a major disease and milestone in their lives."
"As physicians, we learn a great deal from our patients," says Dr. Mesa. "We have learned from cancer survivors that it’s important to look at overall health ─ physical, emotional and spiritual ─ to determine the best course of treatment. We really need to care for the whole person."
Watch: Dr. Ruben Mesa's 10 keys to cancer survivorship.
Over the years of caring and chatting with cancer patients, Dr. Mesa compiled a list of 10 keys to cancer survivorship:
Journalists: Broadcast-quality sound bites with Dr. Mesa are in the downloads.
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