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Dr. Cole Kreofsky
June- Cancer Survivor Month

Ask a Pro

With Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist, BCC

Q: I just finished up treatment for my breast cancer last month and I’m wondering when I’m considered a cancer survivor?

A: From the moment of diagnosis and for the balance of life, an individual diagnosed with cancer is a considered a survivor. Family members and caregivers affected by a person’s diagnosis are also considered cancer survivors. Cancer survivorship is the experience of living with, through, and beyond cancer. Today, more people than ever are surviving cancer because of better treatments, prevention, and early detection. As a result, much more attention is being placed on the long term adjustment of patients and their families to the physical, emotional, and practical impacts of a cancer diagnosis. Having cancer is often one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. In response to these needs, many clinical programs that attend to the needs of patients after they complete cancer treatment are called ‘survivorship’ programs.  The Bismarck Cancer Center and the surrounding areas, offer multiple support groups for survivors and their loved ones to help you through your cancer journey. For a complete list of cancer support groups in your area, go to www.bismarckcancercenter.com or call (701)-222-6100.

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