According to the American Cancer Society, there are an estimated 13.7 million Americans alive today who have a history of cancer, thanks to improvements in cancer genetics, personalized approaches to treatment, and better diagnostic methods. As the number of survivors increases, more physicians and nurse practitioners are focusing on cancer survivorship issues today than ever before. The annual survivorship celebration at Memorial Sloan-Kettering represents an important victory in the fight against cancer.
Robert E. Wittes, Physician-in-Chief of Memorial Hospital, observes that cancer patients and survivors must rely on a vast community – including doctors, nurses, family, volunteers, and many others – to get through and beyond treatment. Dr. Wittes commends survivors for their determination.