June is National Cancer Survivor Month, and VA is celebrating Veteran cancer survivors and their journeys.
When someone is diagnosed with cancer, this person is considered a cancer survivor from that moment throughout the rest of his/her life.
Surviving cancer has physical, mental, emotional, social, and financial consequences that start with diagnosis and continue through treatment and beyond. It also includes issues related to follow-up treatment, side effects of treatment, the risk of getting cancer again, and your quality of life. Family members, friends, and caregivers are a critical part of the journey of the cancer survivor.
VA is leading the fight against cancer through precision oncology by developing and applying new technologies, tools, research knowledge, and best-practice therapies. VA scientific and medical breakthroughs are shared both inside and outside its healthcare system to benefit not just Veterans, but all Americans.
VA researchers are working hard to understand the mechanisms that cause cancer, evaluate existing treatments, and find new drugs and therapies for Veterans and others with cancer.
Please download the Facing Forward, Making a Difference in Cancer from the National Cancer Institute to finds ways to take part and give back.