Body Image Matters
Body image can play a major role in cancer treatment and should be addressed as early as possible. For Sherry Hanson, a single mom of a 3-year-old, she was completely unprepared for the changes in her body's appearance. With the help of the U-M Rogel Cancer Center's PsychOncology Program, Sherry adjusted to her body's changes and is now at ease with herself.
Finding Hope in Hopelessness
One patient's story of treatment success when advances in care led to a new option for patients with metastatic stomach cancer: Patient Randy Hillard is happier than he's ever been after a new treatment option led to no evidence of stomach cancer for months, then years.
Time to Heal
After Sean Dush finished the treatment for his ALL, he had a decision to make. His treatment protocol for ALL included maintenance therapy for three years to give him the best chance of being cured. But with long-term treatment comes long-term side effects.
A Quarter Century of Care
When the U-M Rogel Cancer Center received its formal designation from the National Cancer Institute in fall 1988, cancer affected more than 1.3 million people in the United States annually. It's very important to translate research developments in the labs and into patient care in the clinics.
Patient Shoshana Phillips started a non-profit organization to help other Native American cancer patients and their children cope with the diagnosis. Her goal is to give her own family a safe and healthy living environment, as well as having dedicated space to take in Native Americans and their families when they're in Ann Arbor for treatment.
Health of the Whole
Many of the traditional symptoms of depression overlap with the symptoms of cancer, such as fatigue, weight changes, sleep problems, lack of concentration, lack of energy and guilt. Each patient must be evaluated properly, in the context of the cancer itself, as part of fully integrated care that links physical treatment and the psychological needs of the individual.
The Next Generation
It's a frustrating fact: Preserving fertility for women who face cancer treatments that damage their reproductive organs is much more complicated than it is for men. But the options are slowly expanding for women who would like to build families after treatment.
Up and Down the Family Tree
Paula Wishart is a cancer dodger. Thanks to the University of Michigan Cancer Genetics Clinic, she was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, a hereditary condition that greatly increases the chances of developing colon and other cancers earlier in life than what’s considered typical.
Care for the Caregiver
When Carol Rugg was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, her fiancé Richard Montmorency thought they'd gotten the "in sickness" part of their marriage out of the way early. Rugg fought the disease with Montmorency as her caregiver, an experience they did not expect to repeat as the years passed with no recurrence.
There's No Place Like Home
As more cancer treatments can be done in an outpatient clinic, rather than requiring overnight hospital stays, the next step in care is to bring more services right to patients' homes. Often, patients or their families are asked to handle connecting or disconnecting catheters or pumps, changing dressings and administering injections themselves.