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Join Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center in Celebrating Cancer Survivors

National Cancer Survivors Day is observed the first Sunday in June

The Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center invites the community to celebrate cancer survivors and help raise awareness for their ongoing journey on Sunday, June 5. National Cancer Survivors Day is observed annually on the first Sunday in June as people across the world unite to recognize cancer survivors, raise awareness and celebrate life.

Anyone living with a history of cancer — from the moment of diagnosis — is a cancer survivor. In the U.S. alone, there are more than 16.9 million cancer survivors. By 2030, the number of cancer survivors is projected to increase to 22.2 million.

As the number of survivors continues to grow, it is becoming even more important to address the unique needs of this population, which can persist even after treatment ends. Atrium Health Navicent Peyton Anderson Cancer Center offers critical support to cancer patients through its Survivorship Clinic program. The aim of the program is to deliver high-value, efficient care that enhances quality of life, promotes longterm health and improves coordination of care for adult cancer survivors. Physicians, nurses, dietitians and counselors stand ready do all they can to help program participants prepare for life after treatment.

“With a growing number of cancer survivors in our community, we want to ensure they know they have support once they’ve finished treatment and aren’t left to wonder what to do next,” said Darquita Loyd, nurse practitioner for supportive oncology. “Through consultations, support groups, referrals to dietitians, exercise programs and mental health support, we give them the resources to help them adjust and live their best lives.”

National Cancer Survivors Day also serves as a reminder for everyone to stay up-to-date on prescribed cancer screenings, mammograms and other wellness visits. Early detection can save lives.

“Despite its challenges, life after cancer can be beautiful, meaningful and joyous,” said Dr. Paul Dale, chief of surgical oncology for Atrium Health Navicent and medical director for the Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center. “In observing Cancer Survivors Day, we celebrate survivors, but also acknowledge the contributions of their families, friends and health care providers. It’s also a reminder of the great importance of staying up-to-date with prescribed screenings which can help detect cancer early and lead to more positive outcomes.”

The Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center offers a range of services that encompasses all aspects of cancer care, from screening and diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship. The Cancer Center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer with Commendation – Gold Level.

To contact the Atrium Health Navicent Peyton Anderson Cancer Center, call 478-633-3000. To find a doctor, visit www.NavicentHealth.org and click “Find A Doctor.”

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent is the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia and is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Atrium Health Navicent provides high-quality, personalized care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region. As part of the largest, integrated, nonprofit health system in the Southeast, it is also able to tap into some of the nation’s leading medical experts and specialists with Atrium Health, allowing it to provide the best care close to home – including advanced innovations in virtual medicine and care. Throughout its 125-year history in the community, Atrium Health Navicent has remained dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. It is also one of the leading teaching hospitals in the region, helping to ensure viability for rural health care for the next generation. For more information, please visit www.NavicentHealth.org.