Cancer survivors in the west Houston and Katy community recently celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on June 1, at an event hosted by the Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston. More than 40 cancer survivors and their loved ones attended to acknowledge and share their commitment to the future. Dr. Clive Shkedy, radiation oncologist and medical director of the Cancer Center, Tommy Thompson, executive vice president of CanCare, and Janet Pickens, with the American Cancer Society, offered perspectives on services and resources available during and after active cancer treatment.
Melody Peeples, a cancer survivor and director of laboratory and respiratory care at Methodist West Houston Hospital, shared her experience of undergoing treatment while opening a fundamental department at the hospital. Peeples underlined how essential the combined support from one’s family and caregiver team is for successful treatment and the importance of rest and humor in dealing with the challenges faced during the process.
“We celebrate the courage of those with cancer, alongside the work of our incredible employees, doctors, and CanCare and American Cancer Society volunteers to provide hope and healing to the community,” says Kim Collins, director of the Cancer Center. “Together, we give our patients the support they need to fight cancer.” Collins announced the opening of the Methodist West Houston Cancer Resource Center, conveniently offering patients and their families the latest information on cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment in one location.
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 partners with CanCare, a volunteer organization to provide 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 the cancer center at Methodist West Houston Hospital, visit methodistwesthouston.com or contact the Cancer Center at 832-522-2873.
Since January 2011, The Methodist Cancer Center at West Houston has served the west Houston and Katy communities by offering the most technologically advanced cancer treatments available. The Methodist Hospital pioneered intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), which delivers precise multi-beams of radiation to better preserve healthy tissue surrounding cancerous cells. With over 30 years of combined experience, the Cancer Center’s board-certified radiation oncologists offer patients access to world-class technology administered by certified radiation oncology staff. The Cancer Center also serves as an American Cancer Society Resource Center.
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