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Mind, Body and Side Effects

Weaving a Better Cancer Care Experience

The weaving program has been in the Cancer Center for over 12 years, offering demonstrations and short lessons on the loom. The cloth is used to create hats, pockets and tear cloths for patients and family members.

Cancer and a Good Nights Sleep

Every person has a master body clock that can get out of sync with the external world. Add a cancer diagnosis to the mix and while sleep becomes even more essential to good health, it can also be harder to come by based on your personal situation.

Body Image Matters

Body image can play a major role in cancer treatment and should be addressed as early as possible. For Sherry Hanson, a single mom of a 3-year-old, she was completely unprepared for the changes in her body's appearance. With the help of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's PsychOncology Program, Sherry adjusted to her body's changes and is now at ease with herself.

Getting Back to Your Life as Usual

When you're diagnosed with cancer, everyone's first priority is doing what they can to get rid of it. You may need surgery. Your oncologist might prescribe chemotherapy or radiation. These things can take a toll on your body, even when the cancer is gone. Whether you're in treatment or done with treatment, physical and/or occupational therapy can help you get back to life as usual.

Easy Listening

Music therapy developed as a profession after World War II when nurses noticed that emotionally and physically traumatized veterans responded well to charity concerts in hospitals. Since then, studies have shown music therapy is effective in reducing anxiety, pain and nausea, while improving communication, emotional expression and quality of life.

Caring for the Whole Patient

Supportive Care Center opens in Med Inn Building

Poetry Puzzler

Battle back chemobrain with your pen

Strange Bedfellows: Cancer and Sex

We interviewed Sallie Foley, director of the University of Michigan Center for Sexual Health, about the impact of cancer and ways to regain a sense of normalcy in the bedroom. Foley is the co-author of "Sex Matters for Women: A Complete Guide to Taking Care of Your Sexual Self" and author of the "Modern Love" column in AARP The Magazine

Check it Out

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.

Surf to Wellness

Cancer Center offers Complementary Therapy online