Practical Matters

How to Pay for Cancer Care

Talking about money can be a challenge for most of us even during the best of times. When there is a diagnosis of cancer (and cancer is a costly illness), worrying about money and how to manage the cost of cancer care can take a toll on your emotions, family, health and time.

Internet Technology Meets Cancer Care

We asked Larry An, M.D., director of the Center for Health Communications Research at the University of Michigan, to help us understand how IT improves cancer care. The center includes behavioral scientists, health counselors, and software and media professionals who, in partnership with doctors and researchers from across the university, develop and test ways to help people access information and make more informed health decisions.

The Nature of Cancer

Many factors determine the cause of cancer, including a person's health history, lifestyle, exposure to elements in the environment and how an individual’s DNA responds to all of it. Justin Colacino, Ph.D., a research assistant professor at the U-M School of Public Health provides his insights.

Know Your Environment

Cancer can be linked to our environment, but a large number of cancers can be prevented. Here’s what you need to know.

Method of Operation

Creating the ideal patient care experience is at the core of the U-M Cancer Center's mission and that's why we have partnered with industrial engineers to review how a patient travels through our system.

Living Life at the End of Life

"I believe there is such a thing as a good death, and I know my sister had one,” says Ann Fitzsimons. “For some, completion of end-of-life activities is an important part of a cancer journey that can benefit both the patient and their loved ones."

Diagnosis First Treatment Next

To ensure that Cancer Center patients are informed and prepared for home-related treatment, the Cancer Center Education Clinic houses five nurse educators who meet with patients one-on-one to discuss treatment plans and any home care that’s required.

Better and Safer Cancer Care Through Technology

This summer marks another phase of MiChart, the electronic health record system being implemented throughout the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the entire University of Michigan Health System. Using technology to keep track of medical records is required by the United States government and is something that all health care providers, big and small, are working toward.

Perking up the PERC

The Cancer Center's Patient Education Resource Center gives patients easy access to our complete library of all things cancer. And now, thanks to a major renovation, the PERC has a new and improved location and more up-to-date information than ever. Conveniently located on level B2 of the Cancer Center, next to blood draw, the PERC is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to all patients and family members.

What Does Health Care Reform Mean for our Patients?

A new era in American health care has arrived: a time when everyone can get affordable health insurance coverage, no matter what your health history. Your cancer diagnosis cannot prevent you from getting insurance and, in fact, you might even have options to think about that cost less.