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Fall 2012

Meeting unmet needs: adolescents and young adult cancer patients often lack psychological, social support

A cancer diagnosis for adolescents and young adults can be especially challenging, and new research shows the social, psychological and informational support these patients need might be going unmet.

Investigating how patients, doctors make breast cancer treatment decisions

As more breast cancers are diagnosed at an earlier stage, patients and doctors are faced with a growing challenge: How to effectively treat the cancer without overtreating the patient and causing unnecessary side effects and quality-of-life problems.

U-M, Brazilian research partnership finds 2 gene mutations drive adrenal cancer

Two different genetic mutations cooperate to induce adrenal cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Prostate Cancer Survival Rates Improved Since Introduction of PSA Testing

The routine use of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing for screening and monitoring prostate cancer has led to early and more sensitive detection of the disease.

A Different Kind of Gift

'Alternative giving' harnesses the spirit of the holidays to benefit cancer research and patient support programs

When Kathy Valley opened the card, three dollar bills spilled out. Inside, in blue, yellow and orange marker, a fourth-grader had written: "Here is the last of my Christmas money. Please use it to take care of people with cancer, from Maya."

Free U-M phone app aids early skin cancer detection

The app, UMSkinCheck, sends automatic reminders so users can monitor changes to a skin lesion, and provides pictures of various types of skin cancers for comparisons. The app is designed for iPhone and iPad and is available to download on iTunes.

A Message From Our Director (Fall, 2012)

Welcome to the fall edition of the U-M cancer e-newsletter. I'm pleased to be able once again to share some of the ways that U-M researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center are making great strides in understanding, diagnosing, preventing and treating cancer.