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The National Cancer Survivors Day® Foundation defines a cancer survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. June 7, 2020 is the national day of recognition.
For the past few years, Summit Medical Group Cancer Center has honored cancer survivors and champions through creative, artistic exhibits and events, such as the Art of Healing concert, Don’t Fight Fair Story Slam, and the Hope Grows Here wall murals because we believe in the healing power of creative art forms.
This year, we seek to celebrate the incomparable strength and courage of cancer survivors and recognize the amazing cancer care providers who have stood strong to provide continual care to patients during this challenging time.
Due to COVID-19, and with the health and safety of our community in mind, we’re continuing our National Cancer Survivors Day tradition in a virtual capacity with an online art gallery featuring original works from cancer survivors. The latest art show was curated by Summit Medical Group’s space planner, Elizabeth Wiech, who has meticulously showcased the creative talents of many artists over the years.
We hope our virtual compilation of artwork and inspiring words from the artists encourages and elevates all who view their work.
Learn more about the artist by clicking on their name
MARCH 17 – COLORECTAL SCREENING ADVANCEMENTS WITH DR. DENNIS HAN
According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States. Despite these statistics, there have been many advancements in screening technology that are helping doctors better manage outcomes and even improve detection.
MARCH 2 – SMG BREAST SURGEONS START SERVICES IN SPARTA
William Diehl, MD and Priya Jadeja, MD, two fellowship-trained breast surgeons at SMG, are now seeing patients in a new SMG breast care office in Sparta (Sussex County). The doctors plan to work closely with local health care providers to make it more convenient for patients facing any stage of breast cancer or benign breast health conditions. TAPInto Sparta’s editor and publisher recently sat down with the physicians about their services and capabilities.
MARCH 2 – COLORECTAL CANCER: NO SUCH THING AS TOO YOUNG
Cancer of the large intestine (colorectal cancer) is one of the most common cancers in the United States. In the past 20 years we have seen a steady decrease in the incidence of colorectal cancer, primarily because of improved screening and detection of pre cancers polyps and early cancers. However, a concerning trend is on the rise: more young people being diagnosed and dying from colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer incidences have been steadily increasing in people younger than age 50 over the last several years with current statistics showing 11% of colon cancer diagnoses and 18% of rectal cancer diagnoses occurring in people under the age of 50.
JANUARY 13 – GOVERNOR SIGNS LEGISLATION, MANDATING HEALTH BENEFITS COVERAGE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION
A bill that requires insurance companies to cover fertility preservation treatments in men and women who have to undergo harsh treatments like radiation and chemotherapy has been signed into law by NJ Governor Phil Murphy. NJTV spoke to SMG Breast Surgeon Dr. Priya Jadeja about her involvement with the legislation when the bill was awaiting signature.
Summit Medical Group’s Hope Grows Here coloring wall mural project to honor cancer survivors and champions shaped up beautifully. Many patients, providers and employees visited the mural sites at Florham Park and Berkeley Heights from June 3-7, 2019 to color in a leaf or flower petal, and some even shared inspirational and heartwarming messages.