Celebrate more children surviving cancer

Hearing the words “your child has cancer” never stops being scary. Yet there is reason for hope. Cancer prevention, care and research are moving in a promising direction that has specialists at Norton Cancer Institute planning a free community celebration this fall.

The 2018 Celebration of Courage will take place Friday, Sept. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the new Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro located at 4955 Norton Healthcare Blvd. This free event will feature food, live music from Junction Creek, games, inflatables and family-friendly activities. It is open to all cancer patients and survivors — regardless of where they were treated — plus family members and caregivers.

Millions of U.S. children and adults are cancer survivors, and their numbers continue to grow. According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 14.5 million people nationwide are living beyond a cancer diagnosis.

Join us for the 2018 Celebration of Courage, a free community event for all cancer patients, plus their family and caregivers. Register at


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Helping families after cancer treatment

The American Cancer Society reports that although childhood cancer rates have risen slightly over recent decades, they still account for less than 1 percent of all cancers diagnosed annually. More than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more beyond their diagnosis. This is a huge gain from the mid-1970s when the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer was about 58 percent.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of cancer care, especially when you look at the advanced treatments and technologies we now have for younger patients,” said Aaron Spalding, M.D., Ph.D., pediatric radiation oncologist with Norton Cancer Institute. “We have many reasons to celebrate.”

Survivorship care for children who have been treated for cancer is crucial. Norton Children’s Cancer Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, offers patient navigators to help families through the cancer journey. This can include making a survivorship plan that includes follow-up exams, knowing the long-term side effects of treatment and more.

As difficult as treatment is, many cancer survivors and their loved ones say that the experience led them to make important or positive life changes. It helped them learn the value of being grateful for each day and celebrating gifts such as family and friends, good health and good healthcare.

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