Practical Matters

Knowledge is Power

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center offers many resources to educate and empower patients, families and loved ones to make the best treatment decisions. We sat down with Lisa Schneider, the manager of patient education, to talk about how patients can navigate the often-complicated world of medical details in order to focus on getting well.

Quitting for Good

Smoking cigarettes is the biggest environmental health hazard facing the world today. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health, whether you’re facing a cancer diagnosis or not. It usually takes more than willpower to quit. Medications to quit smoking double your chances to quit successfully. If you're seeking support to quit smoking, the University of Michigan’s Tobacco Consultation Services can help.

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.