This past Friday, June 3, the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance hosted our first National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) tweet chat, where the cancer awareness community had an opportunity to share their stories by answering questions about survivorship. Inspired by Heather Von St. James and her recent survivorship series, we hoped to gain perspective from more survivors and people that support the fight against cancer.

One of the best ways to spread awareness about cancer and survivorship is to start the conversation! Sites like Symplur provide information on healthcare hashtags and upcoming tweet chats so that medical professionals, patients, caregivers and advocates can find these opportunities to come together for a common cause.

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, we wanted to start the conversation about cancer survival and what it means to people all over the world. We asked a variety of questions and gathered insight from a number of survivors, caregivers, advocates and organizations dedicated to aiding individuals battling cancer.

Some participants were Dr. Maurie Markman, President of Medicine and Science at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Linda Reinstein, President of ADAO, Heather Von St. James, 10-year mesothelioma survivor and advocate, and cancer awareness organizations: The Sam Fund, DKMS, Well Beyond This.

Some topics discussed:

  • Common challenges cancer survivors face
  • Ways to support a cancer survivor
  • Advice to give to a newly diagnosed patient, their caregiver or family member
  • How to celebrate survivorship

The full transcript from the tweet chat can be found on Storify, or by searching #NCSD16Chat on Twitter. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of our participants! With your support, we were able to bring together a community of people to spread hope and celebrate life!

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