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Practical Matters

Advice for navigating cancer care during the pandemic

As the COVID pandemic continues, the Rogel Cancer Center -- and Michigan Medicine -- remains committed to providing safe and quality treatment. Don't be afraid to tell staff if you have COVID or COVID symptoms. We'll work with you to make sure it doesn't stop your cancer care. Don't be surprised if you're asked to have a virtual visit instead of being seen in-person. Our staff are also impacted by COVID and we are using all options to keep you safe.

Fighting Financial Toxicity

The financial burden of cancer care is a growing issue. In fact, the topic has even sprouted a name to reflect its seriousness -- financial toxicity -- likening it to the toxicities of the treatments that kill cancer cells.

3 Ways to Cope with Pandemic Stress if you Have Cancer

Rogel Cancer Center social workers and a patient navigator share how to manage the worries and constraints of living with cancer during the pandemic.

Cancer Care in the Time of COVID-19

Like hospitals across the country, the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center instituted changes throughout the entire organization in the wake of COVID-19 — some visible, some behind-the-scenes — to ensure we continue to provide excellent care while protecting patients and staff.

What You Need to Know About the COVID Vaccine and Mammograms

Swollen lymph nodes, a possible side effect of the vaccine, could raise unnecessary concerns if they appear on your screening exam. Kimberly Garver, M.D., an expert on mammography, explains why waiting a few weeks after your shot to get your next mammogram may be prudent.

Don't Let the COVID-19 Pandemic Stop You From Getting Routine Cancer Screenings

Cancer centers around the country, including the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, are urging people not to let routine cancer screenings lapse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clean hands and other tips for keeping viruses at bay

Viruses like the flu and the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can be particularly dangerous for people with cancer. Older patients, those who have received bone marrow transplants and those receiving chemotherapy are especially at risk of becoming seriously ill since their immune systems are already weakened.

Get Tips and Support to Help You Quit Smoking

Alena Williams, MSW, a Michigan Medicine health educator, tobacco treatment specialist and clinical group facilitator at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor explains why quitting tobacco is so important to the health of patients and survivors.

The Cost of Cancer

The Patient Assistance Center, located on level 1, room 1139 at the Rogel Cancer Center, provides many services in a single, convenient location to help patients dealing with barriers to health care. U-M social work resources, such as financial assistance for meals, prescription assistance, lodging, transportation and parking, are available.

Social Security Disability

A cancer diagnosis presents a variety of challenges, not the least of which are financial challenges. Social Security Disability Insurance, a benefit payment that you can receive when a disability renders you unable to work, could be an option for you to consider. Disability benefits provide a safety net when a medical condition such as cancer prevents people living with cancer from working.

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