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Sharing Hope

Sometimes, the only people who really understand are those who have had cancer touch their lives

Swim Across America Benefits Cancer Research

Each summer during Swim Across America’s Motor City Mile event, swimmers paddle through the Detroit River to raise money for Rogel cancer research. By funding work that aims to solve cancer’s most puzzling problems, they’re really investing in their own future. Here, we outline how their dollars (and dolphin kicks) could lead to life-saving results.

Unexplained Pain and Tiredness led to Answers at the Rogel Cancer Center

Mike Scaggs couldn't understand why he always had stomach pain. On top of that, he found he was unusually tired all the time. Thanks to a chance meeting with a friend-of-a-friend, Mike came to the Rogel Cancer Center where he learned he had pancreatic cancer.

Living with advanced sarcoma

In a recent interview, Duke -- a Georgia transplant who has been co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor with her husband Paul since 2001 -- reflected on her cancer journey and on living life with a stage 4 cancer diagnosis.

Helping a Family Overcome their Mother's Cancer Diagnosis

When stage four lung cancer threatened to take Brenda Davis from her family, Michigan Medicine's emergency services team helped her and her family share one last, important moment.

How cancer legislation can impact prevention, treatment and cost of care

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network has priorities each year based on needs in Michigan and other states. Additionally, researchers across the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center advocate for patients of all cancer types at the statewide and national level.

Make a HAILstone and thank front line staff

#Hailstones were the Rogel Cancer Center’s way of thanking frontline staff; from our custodians to doctors, respiratory therapists to nurses and everyone who comes in every day to help our patients. The project is over. We want to thank everyone who participated -- including many of our Rogel staff -- in this showing of solidarity with our frontline staff.

Improving Outcomes for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

While researchers at the U-M Rogel Cancer Center and elsewhere continue to pursue scientific insights into pancreatic cancer and develop new therapeutic approaches, surgeons on the front line of patient care are also working hard to improve outcomes.

A Family Remembers Their Daughter Who Died of Breast Cancer

Kunle and Angela Ogunde remember their daughter, Tara, a University of Michigan Law student, who died from breast cancer in 2019. They traveled to Michigan from their home in Pennsylvania to join others at the annual U-M Rogel Cancer Center Memorial. The memorial -- which includes talks, music, readings and a display of photos and mementos -- is also an opportunity for families to come together with each other, and to experience how they are not alone in their journeys with cancer. For the Ogundes, it proved an opportunity to speak their daughter's name.

Bladder Cancer Survivor Mentors Others with Bladder Cancer

Kevin Harrington loves his job delivering packages for United Parcel Service Inc. The 52-year-old husband and father of two from Howell, Michigan, is also a safety co-chair, training other drivers on the UPS mantra to stay safe “one stop at a time.” He applies the same philosophy to another important role: mentoring newly diagnosed bladder cancer patients at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Physical and Occupational Therapy Helps Non-Hodgkin Skin Lymphoma Patient

Marty Marchak was diagnosed with stage I non-Hodgkin skin lymphoma, which then began his chemotherapy and radiation journey at the U-M Rogel Cancer Center. Fortunately, after his second chemotherapy session in early December 2018, doctors informed Marchak that the treatments worked and that the remaining chemotherapy and radiation could be discontinued. At first, Marchak had no pain or side effects from his treatment except for being more tired than usual. But then, suddenly, unusual symptoms started to appear.

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