Yuma Regional Cancer Center Holds First Ever Cancer Symposium

Yuma Regional Cancer Center Holds First Ever Cancer Symposium

Story By: Tim Lavigne, Meteorologist and Reporter

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Hundreds showed up at the Pivot Point Conference Center on Saturday for the first-ever Yuma Cancer Symposium. The event drew anyone who wanted to learn more information about the state of cancer research in the state of Arizona.

16 year cancer survivor Christine Jones was one of the many that was amazed by how far cancer research has come over the years. "I feel like it was in the dark ages back when I was diagnosed, it's come so far" says Jones.

The Symposium combined the minds of of Yuma's top cancer doctors as well as doctors from the Phoenix area. Dr. Gregory Yang, a doctor from the Yuma area was one of the many doctors who spoke to the public. he says the next five years will change the way we look at cancer. "over the past 11 years we have spent a lot of time looking at cancer at its core elements. now we have the technology to further that research" says Yang. That's good news for people who are looking to overcome the deadly disease, which is the second most prominent killer in the U.S. behind heart disease. 

Jones says she hopes new research keeps patients who are currently struggling from thinking the way that she thought when she was diagnosed. "I felt like it was a death sentence." says Jones. She says she sees a good future for cancer patients and says people need to "just take every day they wake up as a good day and take it one day at a time". 

for more information about cancer, you can go to the American Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.org .