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Pharmacists Corner

Food as Medicine: Pharmacist's Corner

Patients often ask me about using turmeric, also called curcumin, for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Turmeric is a spice commonly used in Indian food. It’s also known as curcumin since this is the yellow-colored active component of turmeric. It is used in America to make our mustard yellow.

Cancer Treatment 101

Cancer can be treated with many types of therapy. Think of it as CREST: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Endocrine, Surgery, Targeted.

What to do if you get the flu

To treat flu, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication. Antiviral medications can make symptoms less severe and shorten the length of time that you are sick with the flu. Three antiviral medications are available to treat the flu, each with slightly different common side effects.

The Future

Cancer treatments are becoming more and more personalized, from the genetic typing of your cancer to vaccines created using patient-specific cells.

Your Home Environment

Whether your cancer treatment is oral or intravenous, some medications may be harmful to those who live with you. Limiting exposure of other people to your pills and body fluids is your best bet to keeping everyone safe, even if the effect would be minimal.

Sticking to the Plan

Shawna Kraft, Pharm.D., explains why it's so important for people undergoing cancer treatment need to take their prescription medication as prescribed.

Cancer and the Flu

The Comprehensive Cancer Center receives many questions about influenza during flu season, especially about how flu can affect treatment and whether patients should get a flu vaccine.

Pharmacy Use of Technology to Prepare Patient Care

Along with the rest of the University of Michigan Health System, the infusion pharmacy at the Comprehensive Cancer Center has been using new technology to improve patient care

The right meds, the right trial, the right time

How one patient navigated the health care arena to benefit from oral chemotherapy.

Preparing Your IV Chemotherapy

It might seem like a lot of waiting when you come to the Cancer Center for infusion, but there is good reason. Pharmacists and technicians have important roles in preparing each dose of chemotherapy, making your safety our top priority.

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