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Sharing Hope

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

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.

Spiritual Care for Patients and Families

Never are spiritual concerns more present or more urgent than during a serious illness or at the end of life. The University of Michigan Health System's Department of Spiritual Care chaplains walk that journey with patients and families all day, every day.

Sharing the Light

Yoga had been a part of Flora Migyanka’s life for years, but after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy, yoga became her go-to therapy for relieving stress and pain.

Your Genes and Future Cancer Treatment

Cancer researchers are looking for ways to understand advanced cancers in order to give patients personalized options for treatment. And, the more researchers understand individual cancerous tumors and how they change over time, the sooner new treatments can be developed.

A Warm Welcome

Gretchen Elsner-Sommer enjoys welcoming people, whether it is into her home in Ann Arbor, her former bed and breakfast in Illinois or the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. At 66, this breast cancer survivor volunteers at the Cancer Center every week hoping to make at least one cancer patient's day a little brighter.

The Right to be Hopeful

If you ask Carolyn C. about her 2005 cancer diagnosis or her recurrences since that time, there's a good chance she'll bring up the "hit by the bus theory." "Nobody is promised tomorrow," says the 51-year-old wife and mother of three sons. "People with cancer happen to be reminded of that more strongly. We can't let our fear of the bus get in the way."

When Cancer Comes Back

Jennifer Kelley was unprepared for the rare diagnosis of leiomyosarcoma at age 52, especially since it was her third experience with cancer in a mere 30 months. She had the cancerous lump under her arm surgically removed and followed up with five cycles of chemotherapy as a precaution. Because Kelley's cancer had spread into a lymph node, he explained the cancer was categorized as stage 4 and expected to return.

Facing the Unknown

Meet Laura Fliss, a successful, busy mother of two facing cancer of unknown primary, also called CUP. What makes CUP unique is that it is advanced to the point where its genetic characteristics are lost, making it impossible to identify where the cancer started. For this reason, it is almost always metastatic and difficult to treat.

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