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National Cancer Survivors Day is set for June 6

East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

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Methodist Sugar Land hospital plans luncheon

SUGAR LAND — Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) this year.

Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, the cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.

"Come learn how surviving cancer is more than just living. It's an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest," says Frances Goerlich, director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Cancer Center.

"You will find our community's NCSD event filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage."

"National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm the possibility of quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer," added Clive Shkedy M.D., radiation oncologist and medical director of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Cancer Center.

A "survivor" is anyone living with a personal history of cancer, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation.

Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, which can be attributed to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. "Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can five active, productive fives," says Shkedy.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Cancer Center welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join us as we honor the survivors living with a history of cancer.

The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 6 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Conference Center.

Reservations are required. Call 281-274-7500 or visit to reserve a seat.

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Original Publication Date: April 3, 2014

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