With the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. expected to rise significantly in the next decade, the popularity of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital’s annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration has grown so popular that a larger venue was needed for this year’s celebration.
Held on June 26, the event moved from its traditional site at the Baytown hospital’s Garth Campus to the Hilton Garden Inn-Baytown. In addition to celebrating the achievements of survivors, their families and caregivers, Cancer Survivors Day brought attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in an effort to encourage the development of more resources, research and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) estimates there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. and projects that number will increase by 31 percent to 20.3 million by 2026. The organization attributes the increase in the number of survivors to the improved preventive, diagnostic and treatment procedures developed in recent years.
“The very positive survivorship trends indicate more cancers may be getting detected at an earlier stage, but there is still much work to be done to educate the public on the importance of screenings,” said Dr. Cesar De Las Casas, medical oncologist/hematologist at the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at San Jacinto.
The Houston Methodist Cancer Center at San Jacinto??Baytown’s only Commission on Cancer-accredited facility—provides comprehensive cancer treatment, including radiation therapy and surgery, and preventive diagnostic procedures, such as mammograms and lung cancer screenings, for residents of Baytown and the surrounding communities in a close-by facility that allows patients to stay near family and friends during treatment.
In addition to medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons and nurses, the Cancer Center team includes cancer-specific patient navigators, as well as social workers, who help guide patients through the often confusing cancer treatment process.
The Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital Breast Care Center offers comprehensive care that includes imaging services such as 3-D mammography, ultrasound, and breast MRI provided by expertly trained breast radiologists.
The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital seeks to provide high risk cancer patients with a diagnosis and treatment plan at an early stage of the disease.
De Las Casas says the Cancer Survivors Celebration provided an opportunity for survivors to come together to celebrate the dedication and courage of those who have faced the life altering changes that may come with a cancer diagnosis, as well as their support system of community health care providers, family and friends.
“To see all the survivors, their families, caregivers and friends come to the Survivors Celebration was amazing. The entire cancer center team is proud to have a part in the fight against cancer and we celebrate all cancer survivors,” De Las Casas said.
For more information on services provided by the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at San Jacinto, visit houstonmethodist.org/sanjacinto or call 281-420-7394.
About Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital has provided Baytown and East Houston with quality medical care since opening its doors in 1948. The hospital has grown throughout the years with the community, providing comprehensive care at all stages of life. As a health care leader, the hospital is proud to have a fully integrated residency program focused on educating and inspiring future practitioners. Today, Houston Methodist San Jacinto provides some of the most advanced and innovative procedures while never losing focus on compassionate and patient-centered care.
Contact: Rod Evans