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Caregivers and Family

What Cancer Patients Should Know About Preserving Fertility

Ask Molly Moravek, M.D., why she pursued a career in fertility preservation for cancer patients, and she’ll tell you that it’s because her heart breaks every time she sees a patient who has had her fertility taken from her. It's why she built a program in partnership with Michigan Medicine’s Center for Reproductive Medicine and Comprehensive Cancer Center that works with patients facing treatment and their oncologists to preserve the patients’ opportunity to have children once they are healthy.

Telling Others About Your Cancer Diagnosis

If you recently received a cancer diagnosis, you will likely be experiencing a variety of emotions. Chances are you are thinking about how the diagnosis will impact your life and when and how to tell your friends and family. Experts agree there is no right way or time to tell people of your diagnosis -- it is an individual choice.

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.

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.

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.

Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes

Elena Stoffel, M.D., director of cancer genetics at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center answers questions about colon cancer and genetic risk.

Finding Support When You Don't Have Cancer

Kevin Myers was born with a genetic predisposition to colon cancer. His condition, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis or FAP, is one of a number of inherited colon cancer syndromes, including Lynch Syndrome and MYH-associated polyposis (MAP).

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.

Improving Your Cancer Care Experience, Update

Last summer, we wrote about Sarah Tupica Berard, who joined the Cancer Center's Patient and Family Advisory Committee after her father was treated for a rare cancer in his jaw. She wanted to give back and help other patients and family members have a better care experience.