Special day for hero cancer survivors

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – They fought for our freedom, and then they fought another battle – the battle against cancer. Today was the 10th annual Cancer Survivors Day at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System.

As terrible as cancer is, surviving it is something to be celebrated, and that’s exactly what happened this morning at the VA hospital in West Haven. The fact that the celebrating was done with the heroes who already sacrificed for our country makes it even better.

The day is for anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer. That includes people still fighting the disease. These days, fortunately there are more and more survivors.

“With the new treatments of cancer, we know that we are having more and more survivors,” said Dr. Michal Rose from the VA CT Healthcare System. “Cancer is becoming more of a chronic disease. We have people who, maybe we haven’t cured, but they are living with very good quality of life for years.”

Speaking of good quality, the Connecticut V-A just won the outstanding achievement award from the Commission on Cancer.

This was the tenth Survivors Day, and the theme was a look back at the past decade. Many of those previous years featured speeches by News8’s own Dr. Mel Goldstein, before he lost his battle with cancer in 2012. This year included a speech by News8 reporter Kent Pierce, who has been cancer-free since 1992.

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