The words “you have cancer” alter the lives of more than 1.5 million people each year in the U.S. These words bring feelings of fear, stress, determination and hope—all aimed at finding the best treatments and a potential cure for “the big C.”

At Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centerand Washington Adventist Hospitals, our broad and comprehensive cancer team recognizes the impact that “the big C” has on those in our community who are diagnosed with cancer or support a loved one in this fight. That is why our team combines expert physicians, leading technology and convenient locations with another “c”: compassion.

At our hospitals, compassion can come in the form of a navigation team prepared to help a patient steer his or her way through the confusing and often overwhelming cancer treatment journey. Compassion can be a nurse holding a patient’s hand during a frightening procedure. We also see compassion as providing access to the latest advances in treatment right here in the community, so those fighting cancer can remain close to home.

In this issue of Adventist HealthCare & You, we share the stories of cancer care in our community. You can read about two local residents who fought cancer with the support of our teams at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Centerand Washington Adventist Hospitals. We also highlight some of the state-of-the-art technology and services available to our community now and in the near future, including the Aquilino Cancer Center coming to our Rockville campus in 2013.

I hope you will join us Sunday, Sept. 30, at Westfield Montgomery Mall for a special event to build awareness of breast cancer and to recognize and celebrate those in our community who battle this disease. The day will feature a survivor fashion show, a free breast cancer risk assessment and talks by members of the Adventist HealthCare cancer team.

Whether you, a loved one or a friend is facing cancer, I hope you will consider putting the Adventist HealthCare team in your corner.

William G. “Bill” Robertson

President and CEO
Adventist HealthCare