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Cancer Center opens new patient and family center

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NOTE: This patient and family center is no longer available. These services are now offered to patients and their families during the clinic visits. For more information and/or to receive services, please talk to your healthcare provider at the time of your appointment. This article is here as part of the archived issue of the Spring, 2007 Thrive.

Are you looking for better ways to cope with cancer? For more way to feel more in control? Or maybe just someone to talk to who gets what you're going through?

Patients and families now have a central spot to visit to learn more about support services offered by the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.

"We understand the far-reaching impact cancer has on your life,” said Karen Hammelef, director of Patient and Family Support Services. "That's why our mission extends beyond treating your disease, to caring for you as a whole person."

Visit the new Patient and Family Center on Level 1 of the Cancer Center to see what we mean. U-M experts have developed a series of educational programs to help you get the information you need to help you and your family cope with your cancer.

Find out the best ways to research cancer online during a session with Patient Education Resource Center librarian Ruti Volk. Experience the healing power of rhythm and song with music therapist Megan Gunnell. Learn more about what foods are best for you with nutritionists Joan Daniels and Nancy Burke.

Or, if you’re just looking for a place to relax, snack or have a quiet conversation with people who understand what you're going through, check out the center's lounge.

"We know you’re looking for ways to live better," Hammelef said. "Let us help you find them."

Continue reading Spring, 2007 issue of Thrive.

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Thrive Issue: 
Spring, 2007