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Winter, 2015

Shawna Kraft, Pharm.D., explains why it's so important for people undergoing cancer treatment need to take their prescription medication as prescribed.
Lisa Sylvest knew cancer ran in her family. Her father had been treated for colon cancer in 1992, but before that, many relatives on her father’s side faced the disease in their 50s: her grandmother from Denmark, an uncle and an aunt. This is her story of tracking this history of cancer.
It's only natural when you hear the word cancer to want to spring into action to get rid of it. It's also natural to think about people you know who've had cancer and the decisions they made to treat it. You're afraid. You have families and friends to think about. You need to decide on your treatment . . . but not so fast.
Never are spiritual concerns more present or more urgent than during a serious illness or at the end of life. Michigan Medicine's Department of Spiritual Care chaplains walk that journey with patients and families all day, every day.
"I believe there is such a thing as a good death, and I know my sister had one,” says Ann Fitzsimons. “For some, completion of end-of-life activities is an important part of a cancer journey that can benefit both the patient and their loved ones."
Creating the ideal patient care experience is at the core of the U-M Rogel Cancer Center's mission and that's why we have partnered with industrial engineers to review how a patient travels through our system.
The concept of superfoods is new but gaining momentum: a Google search results in 4.5 million hits. While there isn't a formal definition, it is considered a low-calorie, high-nutrient food rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that promote good health.
Supplemental information from the article "Vegetables Pack a Punch," this article offers tips on superfoods such as cauliflower, squash, broccoli and other green, leafy vegetables.