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Spring, 2022

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Using science and faith to live with adrenal cancer

Adrenal cancer is diagnosed in one in every million people — and studies to test new treatments for it are just as rare. As the first patient in one of the few clinical trials for the disease, Tina Reuben hopes her participation will advance the field.

Fall, 2021

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A Colon Cancer Survivor's Journey

Jennifer Watson’s cancer journey illustrates the importance of advocating for your health and partnering with a care team you trust. By embracing her love of exercise, she used it to help her through colon cancer treatment and proved she was unstoppable.

Summer, 2021

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How the Pandemic Shaped One Man’s Cancer Journey

In 25 years, Chris Cauley had never taken two weeks off of work, but in March, 2020 Cauley learned he had a squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of throat cancer. As health services were shutting down because of COVID-19, he had to learn how to be a patient.

Spring, 2020

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Survivors and support

Megan Heeringa, 24, and Natalie Cameron, also 24 are both survivors of acute myelogenous leukemia and bone marrow transplant recipients. In addition, they both live with chronic graft-vs.-host disease as a result of their transplants. They became friends after being diagnosed their senior year of high school and are a source of support for each other ever since their parents met at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Fall, 2019

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Balancing Cancer Treatment with Life

Logan Moore discovered a lump while nursing her 7-month-old son. It was a devastating shock to her and her family. Throughout her treatment, Moore and her husband, Brandon, focus on making her cancer and its treatment a part of their lives while keeping their family at the center.

Spring, 2019

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Guided imagery helps one patient find her footing during treatment

Sheron Williams was trying to cope with her breast cancer diagnosis and an inflammatory disease called sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a chronic illness that impacts her liver, lungs, skin and requires portable oxygen. The stress of both of these issues sent her looking for help -- and she found it when she began using guided imagery.

Fall, 2018

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Trying Treatment

Harry Robins, now 71, got the shock of his life in July 2014 when he learned about the surgery he needed to treat the squamous cell tongue cancer that showed signs of spreading. The surgery was way more invasive than he expected, involved removing a third of his tongue and required months of intensive rehabilitation to recover. He and his wife believe they made it through this trying time only with the help of the care team.

Spring, 2018

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Lights Camera Action

William McCallum is living with stage 4 neuroendocrine cancer. This diagnosis is not easy to live with. Most days McCallum feels well enough that he doesn't think much about having cancer. After deciding to put his faith in his doctors, he aims not to worry. Acting in films for Rebel Pictures -- with his son, Michael -- has been both a welcome distraction and a creative outlet.

Fall, 2017

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Listen to Your Symptoms

Janet Schuler doesn’t buy into the belief that ovarian cancer is a silent killer, with quiet symptoms that don’t speak up until it’s so advanced that a cure is not possible. Symptoms of ovarian cancer do speak -- she just doesn't think we know how to listen.

Spring, 2017

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Guiding Light

Many of cancer patients travel to their appointments alone -- which can be overwhelming for many reasons. The U-M Rogel Cancer Center formed its patient navigator program to add a layer of support and enhance the patient care experience by assigning a dedicated person to help each patient throughout the treatment process.

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