GOSHEN, Ind. – In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, Goshen Center for Cancer Care hosted a picnic at Shanklin Park, June 11, 2017 for their patients who are surviving cancer. Participants were welcomed by the medical director of Goshen Center for Cancer Care, Roderich Schwarz, MD, FACS. Douglas J. Schwartzentruber, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine and medical director of cancer services for IU Health System provided a keynote speech to the participants of the event.
“The number of people diagnosed with cancer who survive is increasing in the last 10 years,” said Dr. Schwartzentruber, nationally recognized melanoma expert. “That’s because we have newer approaches such as immune therapy and precision medicine genomics, where the treatment is targeted based on the individual’s gene types.”
“This event is an opportunity to celebrate all our patients and their families, to celebrate life and all that’s precious,” said Libby Stout, survivor network coordinator. “It feels like a family reunion because healthcare providers, Colleagues and patients celebrate together.”
Dr. Schwartzentruber said he feels privileged to work with patients who have cancer. “Patients and their caregivers develop the strongest bonds, the strongest relationships,” he said. “Once you have a diagnosis of cancer, you begin to focus on what’s important in your life. By living your lives to the fullest, you are a tremendous blessing to us as healthcare providers. You remind us to live each day.”
More than 100 cancer survivors and their families attended the event, which included games like corn hole and a lunch catered by Dana J Catering.
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