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Summer, 2021

Like hospitals across the country, the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center instituted changes throughout the entire organization in the wake of COVID-19 — some visible, some behind-the-scenes — to ensure we continue to provide excellent care while protecting patients and staff.
For many types of cancer, people of color are more likely to have poorer outcomes than those who are white. This disparity exists for COVID-19, too — and for many of the same reasons. We asked Michigan Medicine’s John Carethers, M.D., to explain the similar factors behind racial disparities in both diseases and to discuss how the pandemic has affected efforts to close the inequality gap.
In 25 years, Chris Cauley had never taken two weeks off of work, but in March, 2020 Cauley learned he had a squamous cell carcinoma, a common form of throat cancer. As health services were shutting down because of COVID-19, he had to learn how to be a patient.
One patient transcends her ‘moat’ against COVID-19 while her art therapist finds unexpected benefits to teaching online.
For people with cancer and cancer survivors — especially those whose immune systems are weakened from treatment — buying healthy food during the pandemic has added additional challenges, not to mention stress.
Rogel Cancer Center social workers and a patient navigator share how to manage the worries and constraints of living with cancer during the pandemic.