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Time to honor cancer survivors!

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual worldwide Celebration of Life held on the first Sunday in June. It recognizes cancer survivors, raises awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease, and — most importantly — celebrates life. Learn more about the national event here.

Salem Health and Oregon Oncology Specialists honor those in our community who are living with and beyond cancer, not only on National Cancer Survivors Day, but every day. Your courage and determination is an inspiration to all.



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As we all face uncertainty and changes to everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize there are fears and worries specific to cancer survivors. There are many resources available online to provide information and support for cancer survivors and caregivers during this time.

Community events
  • Challenge Quest Northwest: Salem  Formerly known as Relay for Life, Challenge Quest Northwest: Salem unites the community behind the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives from cancer. Saturday, July 31, 2021.
    • Unsinkables Dragon Boat Team – Club paddling is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, you're welcome to contact them with any questions about their cancer survivor dragon boat team. 
    • Discover Pink Walk – Local event on Oct. 9, 2021 will promote women’s health, raise breast cancer awareness, and support mammograms for women in Marion and Polk counties.
    • Shine a Light on Lung Cancer – An educational and inspirational event held annually for patients and families affected by lung cancer. November 2021: More details to come.
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    Discover support groups

    People often find comfort when they find others that have experienced similar experiences. Support groups for cancer survivorship are essential for maintaining a positive environment for emotional healing and recovery. The Salem Health Community Health Education Center (CHEC) offers a wide array of support groups to the community.

    COVID-19 has created many obstacles for conducting safe social group gatherings. As a result, the Breast Cancer support group is currently on hold.

    • Several groups are meeting virtually including the Gynecologic, Women’s Advanced, and Prostate cancer support groups.
    • The Knit Well and Thriving & Surviving cancer support groups are holding in-person meetings.


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    Maintaining physical activity is important to your cancer journey

    Regular exercise promotes lifelong wellness and helps combat cancer risk and recurrence. Following an exercise program during treatment can help improve your quality of life. The American Cancer Society recommends these actions for safe exercise.

    To demonstrate staying active while staying safe at home, the Salem Health Cancer Institute partnered with our physical therapists to show you how to turn sitting in a chair into a healthy workout.

    Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program. 

    Healthy eating for cancer survivors

    Your nutrition matters! A healthy eating pattern can help you feel your best. Learn more about balanced nutrition to keep your body strong during and after treatment in our recorded class, What Can I Eat?

    If you have more questions after watching this video, you can sign up for a live question and answer session with our registered dietitian. To register, email:

    To help maximize great taste and nutrition in survivorship, a Salem Health Cancer Institute registered dietitian shows how to make three quick-and-easy and delicious plant-based dishes.

    Recipes featured in video:


    Tending the spirit

    Rev. Ken Morse, Salem Health chaplain says:

    “The events of the past year have presented us with many lessons to consider. A few of them are that life is worthy of celebration, that life is best lived in community, that our approach to a situation oftentimes effects the outcome, and that life is too short to postpone joy.” (Click here to read Rev. Morse’s full message)

    Spirituality in cancer care (National Cancer Institute)

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    Colon cancer screening awareness
    Breast cancer and genetics
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    Survivor stories

    Messages of hope

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    Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to share a short message of hope or thankfulness.

    Your submissions will then be featured here.


    “I went through surgery, radiation, and chemo (for) a rare and very aggressive form of cancer. It is a long journey. But as a community, we are here for each other – and we have our own support teams as well. Together, we can get through the everyday stress of life with cancer.” – Katherine B.
    "I can't say enough about how amazing the cancer center at Salem Health and Oregon Oncology is. They gave me so much support and continue to do so in my survivorship. I also want to thank Salem Hospital's oncology floor (5NW). Their staff is so supportive." - Katherine B. 
    “Even though all is going well, Dr. (William) Chance and his nurse reminded me that they are there for me anytime. I felt like I was in such good hands during my chemo and radiation. Everyone on the first and fourth floors made the process as pleasant as possible.”  – Nancy B.
    “I went through chemo, surgery, and radiation for breast cancer. I'm so grateful for all the incredible support I got, and to be alive and well!” – Andrea D.


    Artist showcase
    Enjoy these works of art, crafted entirely by local cancer survivors.