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Cancer survivors in the West Houston and Katy communities celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on June 3, at an event hosted by the Methodist West Houston Hospital Cancer Center.

More than 40 cancer survivors and families attended the two-hour tribute. For many, it was an opportunity to acknowledge and share their triumph over the disease and hear about resources available during active treatment and thereafter.  They heard a physician’s perspective from Dr. Clive Shkedy, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Center, and Methodist Spiritual Care Chaplain Craig Bradley, shared his experience as hospital chaplain and as a cancer survivor family member. A balloon release symbolizing the importance of never giving up hope concluded the program.

“We are thrilled to be part of the West Houston and Katy communities, and to have celebrated with so many community members,” says Kim Collins, director of the cancer center. “Methodist West Houston is dedicated to providing the most advanced cancer treatment options available for patients, close to home, and we look forward to becoming a leading community resource center for those dealing with cancer.”

Methodist’s state-of-the-art equipment and therapies are part of the Center’s comprehensive, individualized care.  Patient-physician interaction and informed decision making is central to every patient’s treatment. The Center also partners with CanCare, a volunteer organization that provides one-on-one support to those newly diagnosed with cancer as well as the American Cancer Society to offer the “Look Good…Feel Better” program which addresses appearance related concerns of patients in treatment.

For more information on Methodist West Houston Hospital, visit methodistwesthouston.com or contact the Cancer Center, at 832-522-CURE (2873).

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