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With Dr. Cole Kreofsky, Radiation Oncologist
Q: I just finished up treatment for colon cancer last month. I’m wondering when I’m considered a survivor?
A: An individual diagnosed with cancer is considered a survivor from the moment of diagnosis through the balance of their life. Cancer survivorship is the experience of living with, through, and beyond cancer. Today, more people than ever are surviving cancer because of better prevention, early detection, and treatments. As a result, 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 are referred to as ‘support groups’.
The Bismarck Cancer Center and the surrounding areas, offer multiple 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.