May 24, 2013
Dorothy Taylor, a 22 year cancer survivor attends last year’s National Cancer Survivors’ Day hosted by Nanticoke Cancer Care Services, an affiliate of Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center.

Join our community on National Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday, June 2, 2013. This 26th annual celebration of life will be held in hundreds of communities worldwide. Cancer survivors, caregivers, family members, friends, and healthcare professionals will unite to show that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.

Nanticoke Cancer Care Services, now affiliated with Beebe Medical Center’s Tunnell Cancer Center, is hosting a Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at the Seaford Moose Lodge from 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm, to commemorate National Cancer Survivors Day, and you’re invited. 

“Come learn how surviving cancer is an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” says Terri Clifton, National Cancer Survivors Day Coordinator for Nanticoke Cancer Care Services. “You will find our community’s National Cancer Survivor Day event to be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, and love as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage. We will also recognize the contributions of their families, friends, and healthcare providers and discuss the issues of cancer survivorship.”

Here in Seaford, Delaware, we will celebrate with a luncheon that includes entertainment and door prizes.  This local event is part of a worldwide celebration coordinated by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation and sponsored nationally by Coping with Cancer magazine.

Anyone living with a history of cancer- from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life- is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. Approximately 14 million Americans are now living with and beyond a diagnosis of cancer. In the United States, men have a slightly less than a 1 in 2 lifetime risk of developing cancer; for women, the risk is a little more than 1 in 3. Learning about this disease is crucial, because many forms of cancer can be prevented and most cured if detected early.

Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate insurance, financial hardships, employment problems, and psychological struggles. In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors.

“Despite the challenges, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to us all.” says Terri Clifton, NCSD Coordinator.

This year’s local National Cancer Survivors Day celebration of life will be held in our community at the Seaford Moose Lodge on Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 1:00pm- 3:30pm.  Kathleen Burt, Director of the Nanticoke Cancer Care Services, will be the guest speaker. Amanda Scott will be providing the entertainment for the event.

To register for Nanticoke’s National Cancer Survivors Day event, please contact Terri Clifton at 302-629-6611, extension 2577.   Visit for more information about National Cancer Survivors Day.

Nanticoke Health Services features an award winning, full-service community hospital and the Nanticoke Physician Network. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is ranked number one in Delaware and among America’s Best 100 Hospitals for Critical Care, among the top 5% in the nation for Emergency Medicine for 2012 and 2013 by HealthGrades, Inc. Nanticoke has been named one of the Best 100 Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second year in a row. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital holds a Level III trauma status and includes an expanding interventional cardiology program. Nanticoke is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Gold Plus Award performer according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®. Nanticoke’s medical staff includes over 120 active and community affiliate physicians.  For more information, go to

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 201-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care.  The Medical Center has received the Heathgrades® Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ for four years in a row (2010-2013). It is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, and for hip and knee replacement surgical programs. It is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and named a Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS). For more information, please visit us online at