Award-Winning Actor and Producer Sterling K. Brown Joins Bristol-Myers Squibb in Effort to Share Stories of What It’s Like to Live with Cancer Today

Survivorship Today Aims to Shed Light on the Long-Term Impacts of
Living with Cancer

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/search?q=%24BMY&src=ctag” target=”_blank”gt;$BMYlt;/agt; lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/BMS?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#BMSlt;/agt;–Two-time Emmy Award winner Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us, Black
Panther
) is partnering with Bristol-Myers
Squibb
on a series designed to illuminate the triumphs and
challenges of life after a cancer diagnosis. Survivorship Today: What
It’s Like to Live with Cancer
explores the stories of people who
have experienced lasting physical, emotional and social effects from
cancer to build greater understanding of, and draw attention to,
survivorship-related issues.


Today, more people who have been diagnosed with cancer are able to live
with the disease than ever before. During this time of rapid progress in
cancer treatment, researchers are only just beginning to understand the
long-term impacts of the disease on individuals and their loved ones. As
the number of cancer survivors in the United States (U.S.) grows to
nearly 17 million this year, it is increasingly important to recognize
and address the current realities of cancer survivorship. Brown, who
lost his uncle to cancer, is speaking with people around the country who
have been impacted by the disease to find out what it’s like to live
with cancer today.

“When my uncle, Sonny, passed away from cancer just six months after his
diagnosis, my entire family was devastated. Now, 15 years later, many
people with cancer are living longer,” said Brown. “While that means
they might have a chance to celebrate another birthday or watch their
children have children, it also means their lives have likely been
forever changed. Survivorship Today will bring these experiences
to light to show the long-term effects of cancer, with the goal of
helping people feel supported every step of their journey.”

Through the stories of people affected by cancer, the series will delve
into topics such as:

  • Overcoming barriers: Some people who are diagnosed with cancer
    face a greater burden of the disease due to their unique
    circumstances, whether at home, at work or in their communities, which
    can affect them from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
  • Impact on emotional and mental health: A person diagnosed with
    cancer is twice as likely to experience mental health problems
    compared to a person without the disease. These impacts can be even
    greater for individuals diagnosed as a young adult and can persist
    long after treatment ends.
  • Relationships afterward: Cancer touches all those who care
    about the person living with the disease. It deeply affects friends
    and family on emotional and physical levels as they do their best to
    support their loved one over time.

“Living long-term with cancer is a relatively new idea. We’ve made
tremendous progress in addressing the disease itself, but we still need
to answer the question of what comes next, outside of treatment,” said
Adam Lenkowsky, Head of U.S. Oncology, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “By
bringing cancer survivorship into greater focus with this series, our
goal is to help start a dialogue on the realities of living with cancer,
so we can work together toward a day when all people with cancer can
live longer, healthier lives and get the support they need.”

Watch the series at SurvivorshipToday.com.

About Survivorship Today

Survivorship Today: What It’s Like to Live with Cancer is an
initiative by Bristol-Myers Squibb that, through the stories of people
living with cancer, aims to advance our understanding of what it’s like
to live with the disease today and inspire action to provide better
support.

About Cancer Survivorship

Cancer survivorship refers to the time from diagnosis throughout the
remainder of a person’s life. There are nearly 17 million cancer
survivors in the U.S. today. Over the next 10 years, this number is
projected to increase to nearly 22 million. Today, more than 67 percent
of people living with cancer have been alive for at least five years
after their initial diagnosis, and more than 45 percent of people have
been alive 10 years after diagnosis. However, many people living with
cancer feel unprepared for life after active treatment.

About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission
is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help
patients prevail over serious diseases. For more information about
Bristol-Myers Squibb, visit us at BMS.com
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Contacts

Media:
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Rose Weldon, 215-801-7644
Rose.Weldon@bms.com