(San Antonio, TX, Wednesday, October 21, 2015) - The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is dedicated to improving patient care through education, clinical practice, advancement of science and advocacy. The theme of the 2015 Annual Meeting, â€śTechnology Meets Patient Care,â€ť focuses on the combination of developments in basic, translational and applied technology and clinical sciences to improve quality of life and outcomes for cancer patients. More than 11,000 cancer doctors and researchers are attending the 57th Annual Meeting, October 18 to 21, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.
The Survivor Circle Award recognizes a cancer survivor who lives in the ASTRO Annual Meeting host city and who has dedicated his or her time and energy in service and support of their local community.
Vicki Shaprio, the 2015 Survivor Circle Award honoree, talks about the importance support during cancer treatment.
SO I HAD SOFT TISSUE SARCOMA IN MY LEFT QUADRICEPS, IN TWO OF THOSE FOUR MUSCLES THERE. WHEN I WENT THROUGH MY JOURNEY, I MADE SURE I LET A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW SO THEY COULD HELP ME, AND I FELT THIS INCREDIBLE SENSE OF POSITIVITY. AND I THINK IT HELPS YOU GO THROUGH THE JOURNEY BECAUSE YOU GO THROUGH SO MUCH.
I THINK SUPPORT GROUPS ARE REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE AS SOON AS YOU FINISH THE PHYSICAL CANCER FIGHT, YOU STILL HAVE TO GET OVER AN EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL JOURNEY. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE THINGS TO WORK THROUGH AFTER THEYâ€™VE EVEN FINISHED THEIR RADIATION AND CHEMOTHERAPY.
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