National Cancer Survivors Day – President’s Message: June 5, 2012

By Dr. Mary Campagnolo, MSNJ President

The courage and determination of cancer survivors is an inspiration to all.  National Cancer Survivors Day, coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, took place on Sunday, June 3 to honor cancer survivors who are living with and beyond cancer, and to recognize those professionals who are helping to fight the battle against cancer.

According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.  For more information visit, www.ncsd.org.

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About MSNJ

Founded in 1766, the Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. The organization and its dues-paying members are dedicated to a healthy New Jersey, working to ensure the sanctity of the physician–patient relationship. In representing all medical disciplines, MSNJ advocates for the rights of patients and physicians alike, for the delivery of the highest quality medical care. This allows response to the patients’ individual, varied needs, in an ethical and compassionate environment, in order to create a healthy Garden State and healthy citizens.

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