Willis-Knighton to recognize cancer survivors Sunday

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Willis-Knighton Cancer Center will recognize cancer survivors on National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center, 2600 Kings Highway in Shreveport.

According to Greg Sonnenfeld, administrator of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center, all cancer survivors in our community are welcomed to stop by the cancer center and share this celebration with others and with the physicians and staff.

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life that is held on the first Sunday in June. It was developed to recognize cancer survivors, create awareness of the challenges these survivors face, and, most important, to celebrate life. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation notes that there are nearly 14.5 million people living with and beyond cancer in the United States today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide.

As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, it is becoming ever more important to address the unique needs of these survivors. Many face limited access to healthcare specialists, a lack of information about promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, difficulty finding employment, and psychosocial struggles. Once active treatment ends, cancer survivors still must cope with the long-term effects of cancer, which can include ongoing physical side effects as well as potentially devastating financial setbacks.

Recognizing that patients continue to face these issues, Willis-Knighton has created the position of survivorship coordinator which is held by Jennifer Edwards, long-time cancer center employee.

The event on June 5 will feature information on the new proton therapy center with tours of the proton therapy treatment room as well as of the new Versa HD linear accelerator suite and the updated chemotherapy suites. Refreshments will be served, and a drawing will be held for door prizes. Prizes will also be awarded to survivors in a variety of categories.