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Mind, Body and Side Effects

Art therapy helped a patient share her true feelings about cancer

Lesli Bailey was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer that had spread to her liver. The Art Therapy Program sparked her creativity and gave her an outlet for coping with her cancer.

Testing for genetic variant flags patients at risk of chemotherapy side effects

A routine blood test can determine when a genetic anomaly puts someone at high risk of dangerously toxic side effects from a common chemotherapy.

How the Functional Wellness Clinic helps patients heal from cancer treatment

Ken Kessler was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and aggressive brain tumor. Although treatment was successful, Ken had lingering symptoms -- ones impacting his ability to think and enjoy his hobbies. The Functional Wellness Clinic helped him recover.

Spiritual Care Supports Patients and Families

Rogel Cancer Center chaplains are trained to provide care for patients and their families through an interfaith lens, which allows them to help people of any spiritual persuasion.

How to create a sense of purpose in difficult times

When U-M public health professor Victor Strecher’s daughter passed away at the age of 19, he navigated his immense grief by committing to teach his students as if they were his own children. He developed new habits and behaviors that helped him show up for his students in the way he wanted, like walking to work, eating healthfully, meditating, getting more sleep and taking better care of himself.

7 Things to Know About Chemo Brain

Forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, difficulty multitasking — about 1 in 3 patients experience mental changes following cancer treatment. Researchers have been giving the topic serious study since the mid-1990s.

Overcoming sexual challenges after cancer

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other cancer treatments can impair sexual function, as well as create issues with sexual desire and arousal. Some patients may question whether sexual pleasure is still possible. And there are often emotional challenges as well as physical ones.

How to cope with sleep issues during cancer treatment

Between one-third and one-half of patients seen in the Cancer Rehabilitation Clinic are dealing with a sleep-related problem. Psychological distress and fatigue often lead to poor sleep habits and keep those with a history of cancer from snoozing soundly, while others wake up regularly because of pain or develop sleep apnea.

When Art Therapy Goes Virtual

One patient transcends her ‘moat’ against COVID-19 while her art therapist finds unexpected benefits to teaching online.

Managing the Side Effects of Gynecologic Cancer Treatment

Estrogen-lowering aromatase inhibitors are frequently prescribed to women with ovarian and uterine cancers. Research shows joint and muscle pain are a common and often life-limiting side effect of letrozole and other medications in the same class, known as aromatase inhibitors. They can also cause hot flashes and fatigue.