June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day
National Cancer Survivors Day
Sunday, June 7, 2015, is the 28th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, created by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. Communities all over the world will be celebrating life and raising awareness of the issues of cancer survivorship. This day offers an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 14 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones and those who have supported them along their journey. It is also a time to reveal the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship to show the need for more resources, research and survivorship legislation to improve each cancer survivor's quality of life.
After cancer treatment, it is important that survivors start follow-up care to develop a wellness plan that includes ways a patient can take care of their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Many cancer survivors find that after treatment is a good time to make general lifestyle choices, as well as find a trusted therapist or counseling program that helps a patient cope with how cancer has affected their lives mentally.
UAB’s Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic specializes in long-term/follow-up care after cancer. This clinic is dedicated to planning for your survivorship and helping you make it through treatment as a whole person the day you are diagnosed. Our team includes doctors, physician assistants and nurses who have expertise in pain and symptom management, psychologists, therapists, dieticians, massage therapists, movement therapists and others. Services include:
· Couples Counseling
· Faith or Spiritual Counseling
· Family Support Programs
· Genetic Counseling
· Home Care Services
· Individual Counseling
· Nutritionist/Dietitian Consulting
· Occupational Therapy
The Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program focuses its research efforts on an improved understanding of the unique needs of childhood cancer survivors. UAB was one of the first 10 institutions nationwide to focus on childhood cancer survivorship as an initial participant in the National Cancer Institute funded Childhood Cancer Survivor Study. The Taking on Life After Cancer (TLC) Clinic focuses on improving the health and well-being of childhood cancer survivors, and is the only clinic of its kind in Alabama.