Cancer Survivors Celebrate at WMH

Jul 28, 2017
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The Lodhawala Family of Keya (right), Isha (from left), Kiran and Dr. L greeted guests Marjorie and Bob Smith of Upper Sandusky at Wyandot Memorial Hospital’s celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day®. Oncologist Tejas Lodhawala – known to patients and staff as Dr. L – helped plan the event.

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Wyandot Memorial Hospital Oncology Nurse Matt Mercer (left) and Oncologist Tejas Lodhawala, MD (right), greeted John Murphy of Morral at a luau-themed event celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day®.


Patients of Oncologist Tejas Lodhawala, MD, celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day® with luau-themed food and fun at Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Lodhawala and his family joined Oncology Department staff members to welcome more than 80 patients and their guests to the inaugural event at WMH.

Wyandot County Commissioner Steve Seitz read a proclamation declaring June 4, 2017 as National Cancer Survivors Day® and saluted all cancer survivors and those who support them.

An inspirational talk by Cathy Browne, executive director of Hospice of Wyandot County, reminded survivors they each have experiences that create their own unique life story. She encouraged the survivors to focus on a word or phrase capturing the essence of their story and write it on a keepsake bracelet, necklace or keychain she provided. Some of the words chosen were “Believe,” “Faith” and “Positivity.”

“Cancer survivors have tremendous courage and determination,” noted Valerie Peiffer, director of oncology services at WMH. “They know that life after cancer can be beautiful, abundant and fulfilling.”

Peiffer added that major advances in cancer prevention, early detection and treatment have resulted in longer survival and a growing number of cancer survivors. She explained the National Cancer Survivors Day® Foundation considers anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – a cancer survivor. In the United States alone, there are more than 15.5 million survivors, she reported.

For those survivors, the effects of cancer often do not end when treatment does, Patient Navigator Debbie Dilley acknowledged.

“Physical, financial and emotional hardships can persist for years after diagnosis and treatment,” she said. “Survivors may face many challenges, such as inadequate or no health insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment and a lack of understanding from family and friends. Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can and do live active, productive, inspiring lives.”

National Cancer Survivors Day® is an annual celebration held in hundreds of communities nationwide on the first Sunday in June. The event offers survivors the opportunity to connect with other survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported them along the way.

Dr. Lodhawala has practiced oncology and hematology at Wyandot Memorial Hospital since 2011. He treats all cancers, solid tumors and benign and malignant hematology disorders, and provides palliative care. He also has an office in Marion.

For more information about Dr. Lodhawala or oncology services, call Peiffer at 419-294-4991, extension 2265; or to make contact with the patient navigator, phone Dilley at 419-294-4991, extension 4159.