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Winter, 2011

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Nature's Medicine

A growing body of research suggests that our lives might actually be better if we did. Bernadine Cimprich, Ph.D., R.N., an associate professor of nursing at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, has conducted studies that have shown that breast cancer patients who made a point of spending time in nature were better able to concentrate and had fewer problems with memory than those who did not spend time in nature.

Fall, 2011

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The Engaged Patient

The culture of medicine has changed: Gone are the days when doctors dispensed treatment with a paternalistic air. As medicine has advanced, patients have more choices about how they can approach their care. Combined with the vast amount of health information available on the Internet, patients are educating themselves and partnering with their physicians to make informed medical decisions.

Summer, 2011

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Bone Deep

Bone health may be of particular concern for cancer survivors. People with breast or prostate cancer who undergo treatments that block specific hormones may be at higher risk of thinning bones. Also, certain chemotherapy drugs used to treat these or other cancers may induce ovarian failure in younger women, causing bones to thin as a result of early menopause and estrogen deprivation. In addition, steroids may also accelerate bone loss in both men and women.

Spring, 2011

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Steps of Hope

A day after his 28th birthday, Brabbs was diagnosed with multiple myeloma -- an illness whose median age at diagnosis is 68. Brabbs is determined to find a cure for his disease, so he started the Cancer Kicker Foundation to support multiple myeloma research at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center.

Winter, 2010

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Focusing on the Caregiver

Sixteen years ago, Mark Bernhard was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Five years later, he survived prostate cancer. By the time the colorectal cancer reappeared in spring 2007 and spread to his lungs, Mark and Pauline Reisner, his wife of 30 years, knew they could handle whatever came along -- together.

Fall, 2010

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Making the Most of It

When a cancer diagnosis threatens, small pleasures like these can seem trivial. That is, until you can't do them anymore. Activities like these help to make the fabric of life. That's why the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center has created a Symptom Management & Supportive Care Clinic.

Summer, 2010

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Travel Savvy

If you or a loved one has cancer, you should consider adding a few items to your travel checklist before you head off on vacation. We talked with experts at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center -- health-care professionals and patients alike -- to get their eleven tips for traveling with cancer.

Spring, 2010

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Paths to Healing

For many people, their faith has a major impact not only in how they make decisions about their health care -- it can also determine how that can is provided. U-M's multicultural health initiatives foster understanding to help patients get the care they need.

Winter, 2009

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Finding Hope in Science

The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center launched a new initiative to speed promising therapies from the laboratory to the clinic -- where all patients may eventually benefit. In the meantime, however, part of the core mission of the newly established Ravitz Foundation Phase I/Translational Research Center is to offer new opportunities to patients who have no other options

Fall, 2009

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Most Wanted Supplements

The best bet for cancer prevention is a healthy diet. Nevertheless, we know many of our patients have questions about supplements. Here's the lowdown on 10 commonly linked to cancer prevention.