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Spring, 2007

After Dana Muir, a professor of business law at the U-M Ross School of Business, was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was rough to wait to find out how far her cancer had progressed. That's when she found out about the Cancer Center's Guided Imagery Program. Guided Imagery helps to activate the right side of the brain, which gives rise to creativity and signals the release of the body's biochemicals that aid in relaxation and healing.

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.

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

About 40 percent of the 1 million Americans diagnosed each year with cancer are of working age, according to Breakaway from Cancer, a joint initiative of the Wellness Community, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the pharmaceutical company Amgen. Recently, Breakaway from Cancer conducted a survey of 1,000 patients and caregivers about the impact of cancer on their work. Slightly more than two-thirds of respondents reported that their jobs helped them maintain emotional stability.

People look to food for all kinds of answers: to help them lose weight, to brighten their mood, to stop cancer. It's important to remember, though, that food is just that: food. It's not medicine, and although scientists are working hard to understand the chemical properties that make some foods healthier than others, the best thing to do is to keep your eye on the broader picture.