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Ellis Fischel Cancer Center hosts National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration Saturday, June 4

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Hundreds of mid-Missouri cancer survivors will celebrate life and their victory over cancer as Ellis Fischel Cancer Center hosts its fifth annual National Cancer Survivors Day celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, on the front lawn of the facility at 115 Business Loop 70 West in Columbia, Mo.

The celebration will feature a meal, live music, games, information on survivorship topics and special activities for cancer survivors. The activities are free for all cancer survivors and their families.

2010 National Cancer
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Reservations are requested by Wednesday, June 1, and can be made by calling (573) 882-5456 or visiting www.muhealth.org/CelebratingSurvivorship.

“National Cancer Survivors Day is a time to honor cancer survivors everywhere for their courage and determination in defeating cancer,” said Kristen Fritschie, event organizer and guest services coordinator at Ellis Fischel. “Cancer survivors live each day to the fullest, and they serve as remarkable examples that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.”

The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life. More than 11 million Americans are cancer survivors.

“With better surgical procedures, treatment options, early detection, drug advances and the ever-expanding field of cancer research, the number of cancer survivors is expanding,” said Paul Dale, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “These survivors are proud to have beaten cancer, and they celebrate life every day.”

National Cancer Survivors Day provides an opportunity for communities to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage, and to recognize the contributions of families, friends and health care providers. Columbia and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will join hundreds of communities throughout the United States and Canada in celebrating cancer survivorship.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is contributing to the increased number of survivors through comprehensive screening programs, the most advanced cancer care and state-of-the-art research to help find better ways to treat and eventually cure the disease.

The nonprofit National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities by providing free guidance, education and networking. Its primary mission is to educate the public about issues of cancer survivorship to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening.

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