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Caregivers and Family

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.

Life Images of Today and Tomorrow

Photographs capture moments in meaningful ways. Thanks to a new Complementary Therapies Program, patients and their family members can have portraits taken at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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.

Learning to Talk

8 Tips for Coping with Social Pleasantries in a Difficult Time

All in the Family

Families Facing Cancer program helps children adjust to a parent's cancer diagnosis

Focusing on the Caregiver

U-M research offers insight into helping caregivers cope

When Mom Has Cancer

Helping children cope with a parent's cancer diagnosis

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.

Up and Down the Family Tree

Paula Wishart is a cancer dodger. Thanks to the University of Michigan Cancer Genetics Clinic, she was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome, a hereditary condition that greatly increases the chances of developing colon and other cancers earlier in life than what’s considered typical.