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Winter, 2010

Cancer can turn any household upside-down, but facing cancer while living alone can add to the challenges of coping. Who will help pay the bills if you can't work? How do you get to the clinic for treatment if the medicine makes you too sick to drive? Who will help you take your pills on that day when the kitchen is just too far to walk?

Social networking can be a helpful tool in organizing assistance when you're dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Here are links to help you get started with three helpful online resources.

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.

You're curious about art therapy, but you live too far away from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center to try a session. Or maybe that group session of guided imagery just won't fit into your schedule. That's why we've put together tips for finding complementary therapy practitioners in your hometown.

Paint your plates with fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. Color often signifies valuable nutrients that can help in fighting cancer. We've put together a color wheel to help you learn about the phytochemicals -- or plant chemicals -- that may be beneficial to you.

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid in tissue that causes swelling, most often in the arm(s) and/or leg(s), and occasionally in other parts of the body. The U-M Rogel Cancer Center offers a new laser therapy among treatment options for lymphedema

In an effort to improve patient care, the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center is offering a new option to some patients that will allow on-site pathologists to perform microscopic exams of tissue samples while patients are still under anesthesia. After consulting with the pathologist, a surgeon may decide to remove additional tissue.