June is National Cancer Survivor’s Month
According to the National Cancer Institute, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis through the balance of his or her life. In addition, because a cancer diagnosis also affects family members, friends, and caregivers, they too are considered cancer survivors.
A goal of the 2015-2020 NH Comprehensive Cancer Plan is to optimize quality of life for those affected by cancer. As the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, more services will be needed to treat the physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and financial issues faced by cancer survivors. Of the nearly 14.5 million estimated cancer survivors in the U.S as of January 2014, NH accounts for over 77,000. Although it is great news that there are increasing numbers of survivors, we are challenged to meet their needs and improve their quality of life. NH CCC’s Quality of Life Task Force recently developed an informational card for people who experience pain as result of their cancer or cancer treatment, that suggests options to consider to prevent and manage their pain including many non-pharmaceutical approaches.
The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) works in collaboration with its partners to stay up-to-date with the innovative approaches to address survivorship issues. In an effort to increase public awareness about cancer survival and decrease the incidence of this disease, NH CCC joins national and statewide organizations to promote National Cancer Survivors Month.
Together – Eliminating Cancer.
Featured Partner: David Nalepinski
David Nalepinski is the Director of the Oncology Service Line and Business Operations at Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). He was elected to the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) Board of Directors last year and is a Shared Decision Making Task Force Co-Leader.
“The NH CCC provides the opportunity for state cancer resources to collaborate instead of competing against each other,” David said. “They have provided leaders in cancer care and policy an opportunity to work together, promoting our individual strengths and perspectives in ways that complement each other.”
“Dr. William Black from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, an investigator with the National Lung Screening Trial, implemented shared decision making as an essential part of lung screening,” he said. “This led me to work with the NH CCC Shared Decision Making Task Force, not just for lung, but also other cancers that promote screening as an effective method.”
“Our Shared Decision Making Task Force is working with The Dartmouth Institute Preference Lab to conduct a state-wide training session for primary care providers,” he added. “The first hands-on shared decision making training is being presented by the Preference Lab in partnership with the NH CCC.” To register, visit https://from-class-to-clinic.eventbrite.com
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