Today, there are a record number of cancer survivors. For them, surviving isn’t the end of a journey. With such a strong focus on delivering the right therapy for patients, what often gets overlooked is how we help people with cancer actually live with the disease. These patients can face a number of challenges, including long-term physical and emotional effects. We know, as a result, that there aren’t enough support programs and resources available to help people who are surviving cancer.
It’s Bristol Myers Squibb’s firm belief that scientific progress must be coupled with support for people living with cancer across the full spectrum of their lives. Our company supports customized programs to help the body and mind of people affected by this disease. Through charitable donations, we also support research through organizations like the V Foundation, which through the Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship Research is looking to better understand how to address the challenges cancer survivors of all ages face and improve their quality of life.
We’ve come such a long way as an industry in offering many patients a real chance at long-term survival, but we still have more work to do for those that are living with cancer. As a cancer community, we need to work together to improve all aspects of a patient’s life, not just their treatment.