Caregivers and Family

Trust Your Instincts

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.

Breaking Bad News

Getting -- or sharing -- the news of a cancer diagnosis is one of the most difficult experiences anyone can go through. While it is different if you're the doctor, the patient or the caregiver, open and honest communication is the key to helping each other make the best decisions.

Caring for the Caregiver FAQ

Cancer breeds questions. At the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, we face tough questions every day - in our clinics, our laboratories, our classrooms and our community - and we know we're only as good as our latest answer. In this "Frequently Asked Questions," we explore an aspect of cancer diagnosis and treatment too often overlooked: taking care of the caregiver.

Care for the Caregiver

When Carol Rugg was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, her fiancé Richard Montmorency thought they'd gotten the "in sickness" part of their marriage out of the way early. Rugg fought the disease with Montmorency as her caregiver, an experience they did not expect to repeat as the years passed with no recurrence.

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