Centegra Health System celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day Sunday, June 3 by honoring cancer survivors and the Centegra support groups they turn to for help and understanding. The day was a celebration of life that reminds participants that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
“A person becomes a cancer survivor the day he or she receives a cancer diagnosis,” said Amy Moerschbaecher, executive director of oncology and medicine services at Centegra Health System. “We celebrate life every day at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center with people who are receiving care as well as those who are enjoying healthy lives after cancer treatment.”
During the event, cancer survivors verbally shared their journeys and some used expressive art.
Visitors to the Centegra Sage Cancer Center are welcomed by caring volunteers and associates who help them feel comfortable and at ease. Patients are introduced to the complete continuum of cancer care services that are available at the cancer center as they get to know the friendly and supportive staff and physicians. The complete continuum of care is the reason Centegra has been approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.
The Centegra Sage Cancer Center provides state-of-the art technology and procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including medical imaging, radiation oncology, medical oncology and surgery.
The cancer center also provides emotional and spiritual support to help people with cancer and their families cope with their diagnosis and treatment. Centegra chaplains are available to counsel people in need, to offer prayers for healing or to simply sit in silent companionship. Physicians, nurses and technicians are other members of the cancer care team who work with patients to develop individualized care plans that are tailored to their needs.
Centegra’s cancer support groups are another important part of the program because they allow patients and their families to share their experiences and to learn from each other. The services offered to the community provide support, care and comfort and promote the community atmosphere many find so motivational. The ongoing and free support groups are open to anyone affected by cancer or their survivors, and include:
- Cancer Transitions
- Care for the Caregiver
- Hats Off
- Living with Grief
- Look Good…Feel Better
- HOPE (High on Positive Energy).
Also, Centegra provides a support group for patients, cancer survivors and their family members on Facebook at Centegra Cancer Connection. Not all groups are cancer specific and they are completely free to the community.
To learn more about the Centegra Sage Cancer Center and the different services and support groups offered, call 815-344-8000, or visit www.centegra.org/cancer.
Centegra Health System is committed to meeting the health care needs of the residents of greater McHenry County and to making services available in multiple and convenient locations, including hospitals in McHenry and Woodstock, Immediate and Physician Care Centers, Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Health Bridge Fitness Centers and more. As the region’s leading health care provider, Centegra Health System continues to bring the latest treatments and technology, along with the skills of nearly 4,000 medical professionals, to meet the needs of the growing McHenry County community. For more information on Centegra Health System visit centegra.org, search Centegra Health System on Facebook and Twitter or call 877-CENTEGRA (877-236-8347).