\r\n\r\n<img class="size-medium wp-image-53751 alignleft" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2021\/06\/Celebrating-200x300.jpg" alt="" width="200" height="300" \/>Mohammed Saad, MD\r\n\r\nHematology\/Oncology\r\n\r\nWith the improved screening measures, early diagnosis, and advanced treatments of all cancer types, there is now a growing population of cancer survivors.\r\n\r\nAccording to the National Cancer Institute, there are 16.9 million cancer survivors in the United States, representing 5 percent of the population. They are our neighbors, family members, colleagues, and friends, and the support they need now may differ from the ways in which we supported them through treatment and recovery.\r\n\r\nIn June, which is designated as National Cancer Survivor Month, we honor the cancer survivors in our lives \u2013 those who have won the fight and those who are still battling. Survivorship means living with, through and beyond cancer.\r\n\r\nSurvivorship\u00a0starts at diagnosis and includes those in active treatment and those who have completed treatment. The phrase \u201ccancer survivorship\u201d was created by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) to describe the broad experience on the cancer continuum.\r\n\r\nWhile we recognize the difficult journey of cancer patients, and we find meaningful ways to celebrate their recovery milestones, too often we fail to understand what comes next in their lives.\r\n\r\nMany cancer survivors face physical, emotional, and psychological challenges following treatment. Coping with the fear of recurrence and managing cancer as a chronic illness can lead to feeling uncertain and vulnerable. Survivors may face several changes including what they eat, what they feel able to do, permanent scars on their bodies, and feeling angry or lonely. To manage these challenges, survivors can benefit from healthy eating, staying active, sleeping well, being informed, and using creative outlets to express their feelings.\r\n\r\nThe Sovah Health Cancer Center is striving to provide an environment that addresses the comprehensive needs of patients, so that they not only survive, but thrive. Whether it is through fundraising for cancer research, walking or running in a charitable race, raising awareness about early screenings, or offering care to a friend or loved one, we all have a role to play in making sure that our brave cancer fighters feel supported and understood as they face new challenges reintegrating back into their daily lives.\r\n\r\nTo learn more, visit SovahHealth.com.