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Summer, 2010

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.

A 2008 study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that when patients were asked to participate in a cancer research study, 75% agreed. And yet nationwide, only 3% to 5% of adult cancer patients participate in clinical trials. Clinical trials are essential to the discovery of new cancer treatments. So why do so few patients participate? We talked with Maha Hussain, M.D. to learn more.

The vocabulary of cancer is also full of big, intimidating words that rarely crop up in everyday language. But the potential rewards of learning -- and understanding -- these words are much greater for people who are seeking the best treatment for their cancer. So we put together a highly abbreviated glossary of common cancer terms.

The farmers' market makes it easy to eat well in the summertime. Fruits and vegetables are at their most delicious peaks. And grocery shopping feels more like an adventure than a chore. During the past few years, farmers' markets have multiplied across the state of Michigan.

Cancer survivors often use the word chemobrain to describe a lack of concentration and mental clarity. Researchers are still working to understand whether this phenomenon is caused by treatment, the general stress and anxiety related to a cancer diagnosis or other factors.

The Supportive Care Center houses PsychOncology, the Skills Lab and the Symptom Management & Palliative Care Program. The Supportive Care Center is located in the Med Inn Building