By Fran Zandstra
Who are cancer survivors? Survivorship means different things to different people. At MD Anderson, the term cancer survivor is inclusive and refers to anyone who has received a cancer diagnosis, from the time of diagnosis through the rest of his or her life.
Celebrating hope and life during Survivorship Week
On Sunday, June 1, thousands of people around the world will unite to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. The good news is that we will have millions of survivors to celebrate. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States today and that number is predicted to grow to 18 million by 2022.
In commemoration of Survivorship Day, MD Anderson will celebrate survivors and their caregivers May 31-June 6. MD Anderson's Survivorship Week is a celebration of hope and life. Survivorship Week provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and learn about what's new in cancer survivorship.
Finding health and well-being after cancer
A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that stress, diet, exercise behaviors and body weight status can influence health-related outcomes after a cancer diagnosis. Cancer survivors may find the physical, emotional and social effects of the disease to be stressful. But people who are able to use effective coping strategies, such as relaxation and stress management techniques, good nutrition and exercise have shown to have lower levels of depression, anxiety and side effects related to the cancer and cancer treatment.
Here are just a few of the events we're offering during Survivorship Week:
• Attitude: The Difference Maker. Monday, June 2, 12-1 p.m.
• The Art of Calm. Tuesday, June 3, 12-1 p.m.
• Managing the Stress of Survivorship. Tuesday, June 3, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
• Healthy Cooking. Wednesday, June 4, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
• Life After: Living with Cancer. Wednesday, June 4, 12-1 p.m.
• Look Good, Feel Better. Thursday, June 5, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
• The Art of Survivorship: Dinner Theater. Thursday, June 5, 6-9 p.m.
• The Joy Diet. Friday, June 6, 12-1 p.m.
There will also be daily activities, including musical performances, crafts, a photo booth and scarf-tying demonstrations. For the complete calendar of events, visit our Survivorship Week page or our events calendar.
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