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.

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Looking beyond cancer cells to understand what makes breast cancer spread

To understand what makes breast cancer spread, researchers are looking at where it lives -- not just its original home in the breast but its new home where it settles in other organs. What's happening in that metastatic niche where migrated cancer cells are growing?

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The Best Treatment for Laryngeal Cancer? This Approach Helps Decide

Even as treatment options for laryngeal cancer seemed to improve, survival rates did not. For the most advanced patients, 50 percent survival was the norm, whether patients had surgery to remove the voice box or alternative treatment with chemotherapy and radiation to try to avoid surgery.

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Doctor Communication Key to Managing Breast Cancer Patient Risk Worries

Nearly one-third of early stage breast cancer patients overestimate their risk of cancer recurrence -- believing it to be more than double their actual risk. And that overestimation is affecting their quality of life, according to two recent studies. The good news? A more nuanced approach to doctor-patient communication may help improve patients’ understanding.

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Half of Breast Cancer Patients Experience Severe Side Effects

While it might be expected for women undergoing chemotherapy, researchers found one-third of women who didn’t receive chemotherapy experienced severe side effects of treatment as well. Overall, side effects led to additional doctor’s appointments, trips to the emergency room, delays in treatment and reduced dosages.

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Study Challenges Potential Pancreatic Cancer Target

PDX1, a transcription factor critical for pancreatic development, has distinct roles at different stages of pancreatic cancer: keeping cancer at bay in normal cells, then eventually contributing to the cancer's growth once a tumor forms and also preventing the tumor from becoming more aggressive.

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Can the Cancer Moonshot Work? Complicated Factors Are in Orbit

In January 2016, President Barack Obama announced a "Cancer Moonshot" to achieve a decade's worth of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment in five years.

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