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Spring, 2015

Patients who receive radiation therapy understand that the process often comes with anxiety. In order to reduce some of this anxiety, the Department of Radiation Oncology formed a Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) committee. The goal of the group is to offer patients and families the opportunity to reflect on their treatment and recommend potential ways to improve the experience for others.
Mary Jo Grand, diagnosed with lung cancer over six years ago, is a survivor. She's also an advocate who believes it's time to stop blaming those who develop lung cancer and recognize that nearly 80 percent of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers.
Bladder cancer, when caught early, is highly treatable but also likely to recur. Continuing to smoke is a major risk factor for recurrence, as the harmful chemicals can be excreted in a person's urine, causing damage to the lining of the bladder. There is compelling evidence from several cancer types that people who quit smoking have better outcomes with cancer treatment.
Stan Urban was diagnosed with mesothelioma - a type of lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Stan most likely was exposed while repairing automotive brakes. He's sharing his story to help raise awareness about this cancer.
Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat or foods to avoid, start including more whole grains and legumes in your diet and, in turn, decrease your risk of cancer and improve your health.
Whether your cancer treatment is oral or intravenous, some medications may be harmful to those who live with you. Limiting exposure of other people to your pills and body fluids is your best bet to keeping everyone safe, even if the effect would be minimal.
Cancer can be linked to our environment, but a large number of cancers can be prevented. Here’s what you need to know.
Many factors determine the cause of cancer, including a person's health history, lifestyle, exposure to elements in the environment and how an individual’s DNA responds to all of it. Justin Colacino, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the U-M School of Public Health provides his insights.