June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life.
During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors.
It is a time for everyone to celebrate, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional. The month provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a time to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the United States government’s principal agency for cancer research, it is estimated that as of January 2019 there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States. The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 29.1%, to 21.7 million, by 2029 and grow to 26.1 million by 2040.
Cancer survivors are living longer after diagnosis because of advances in early detection and treatment, and improvements in medical and other health care services. Though cancer continues to be the second-leading cause of death in America, it increasingly is becoming a chronic illness that can be treated and lived with.
Because of the significant advances made in cancer care, now even when a cure is not possible, many cancers can be controlled and managed for long periods of time. Many physicians consider patients being treated for some types of cancer as living with a chronic condition. However, these patients require ongoing therapy or medicine to control their condition, much like people with diabetes or high blood pressure.
For people living with cancer, the cancer may be controlled with treatment, meaning it might stay the same or appear to go away. The cancer may not grow or spread as long as you are getting treatment. Sometimes when treatment shrinks the cancer, you can take a break until the cancer starts to grow again. But in either of these cases the cancer is still there, it doesn’t go away and stay away, and it is not cured. But as mentioned, an increasing number of cancers can be controlled and managed for long periods of time and more research and new developments in screening and treatments are adding years to cancer survivors lives.
If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with cancer, please contact Illinois CyberKnife today. Whether you would like to discuss treatment options, or get a second option, we are here to help in any way we can.