University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Take On Cancer

Take On Cancer is what we do at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. In a world where 1 in 2.5 people will hear "it's cancer," we want to make sure that you are able to take on cancer too.

Knowledge is everything - stay engaged, informed and prepared.

My doctor wants me to have brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is sometimes a preferred method of treatment, depending on your physician’s advice, because of its precision. Rather than using a machine such as a linear accelerator outside of the body to direct radiation through healthy tissue to get to the cancerous cells, brachytherapy radiation is implanted inside the body either temporarily or permanently, depending on the type and location of the cancer.

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Medical assistant's cancer opens a door

Mimi Schork, a breast cancer survivor, used her diagnosis to move her toward a healthier lifestyle -- and led her to get involved in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

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Men and Breast Cancer

There is no question that breast cancer disproportionately affects women, but we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the risk to men. As we continue to learn more about the ways our genes influence our cancer risk, involvement of male relatives in genetic counseling and genetic testing can provide important information for your family's breast cancer risk evaluation.

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Joint Pain: Is it Just the Weather?

Too often people blame the winter weather and extreme temperatures for their new or increased joint pain and inflammation, also called arthralgia. If these same people are patients being treated with chemotherapy, the pain could be related to treatment. Joint pain can be debilitating, and can cause a decrease in daily functioning and quality of life.

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Physical Rehabilitation and Cancer Symptom Management

For all our patients, we look at nutrition, pain management and range of motion, and may order tests or treatments to optimize patients’ ability to move and reduce pain or fatigue. Our goal is to improve and maintain function by diagnosing and treating side effects of these various medical conditions.

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The PROMPT Registry

The PROMPT Registry (Prospective Registry of Multiplex Testing) is collaborative registry project that will begin the process of collecting data for patients with mutations in genes that are currently less well described and understood.

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Colorectal cancer risk and genetics

Everyone is at risk for colon cancer, but that risk is not the same for everyone. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer affecting men and women and each year, there are about 93,000 new cases of colon cancer and 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the United States. The average person has a 5 percent chance of developing colon cancer, but some people are at a higher risk.

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Is our treatment of DCIS psychologic rather than oncologic?

There has been a lot of confusion since the study was published in September, 2015 examining mortality after a DCIS diagnosis. Specifically, the study looked at differences in outcome among women who were treated for DCIS by different methods. The differences among these women did not provide evidence that no treatment is an option.

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Living the best life you can with a chronic illness

Each of us is challenged in some way, be it our health, our work situation, or our interpersonal relationships. Living with any chronic illness takes courage, perseverance, and acceptance. Below are a few principles that may be helpful regardless of the challenge you are facing.

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Work and Cancer

Many people newly diagnosed with cancer have questions about working through their treatment -- as well as questions about how/when they can return to work after treatment. It really depends on the person, their diagnosis and their treatment plan, but there are some things to consider about work and cancer.

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