Sharing Hope

Sometimes, the only people who really understand are those who have had cancer touch their lives

With Age Comes Experience

Gerald Ross was diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma of the upper urinary tract -- also called upper urinary tract cancer, but he didn't let the diagnosis or the treatment get him down. He's always relied on his positive attitude and he remained positive in the face of cancer.

Defending with Discipline

Barbara Hilija Spiessl, a fifth-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, was diagnosed with subcutaneous panniculitislike T-cell lymphoma, a rare subtype that accounts for less than 1 percent of all non-Hodgkin lymphomas. During her treatment and recovery, Spiessl called upon her Taekwon-Do training to find the strength and resilience to manage the long-term side effects from treatment.

Something to Cheer About

Charles Albrecht was making the most of his active retirement, but a diagnosis of bladder cancer came between him and these good times. After receiving traditional treatment without much success, Charles decided to enter an immunotherapy clinical trial.

Find the Target, Take Aim

Nancy Van Dyke was so healthy she had never taken an antacid. A gastrointestinal attack led to a trip to her local hospital. Soon after she was diagnosed with cancer -- that had metastasized to her liver and chest.

Sofia Merajver: Using reasoning to save lives

Dr. Sofía Merajver saved her first life when she was just five years old -- and that experience set her on the path to becoming a physician and a research scientist. en Español

The Cancer Center in Community

While you may already be familiar with the lifesaving work within the walls of the Cancer Center, you may not be aware of our active presence in the community. Through our Community Outreach Program, faculty, staff and volunteers share the latest information and answer questions about cancer and what can be done to prevent it.

The Power of Words

Marcus Calverley was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August 2014. He coped with this diagnosis by creating a blog to record his thoughts and experiences.

Support Systems

Heidi Woodward Sheffield looks back on the past two-and-a-half years of surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and reconstruction with relief. She is cancer-free and feels fortunate to have had a sense of rebirth throughout the process. In retrospect, she shares her best bets on coping, accepting help and support systems.

Finding Answers Fast

The Cancer AnswerLine was established in 1995 as a community resource to provide personalized information and support to those affected by a cancer diagnosis.

A Look into the Future

Physicians at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center decided to test a new technology to help patients review their appointments and share that information with others.