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Summer, 2009

Cancer care comes with a lot of downtime and a lot of time to think. That's why we've put together a grand tour of our favorite ways to give your mind a mini vacation from the worries that come with cancer.
For children with cancer, facing schoolwork and classmates after an extended absence can be particularly trying. To ease the transition, Michigan Medicine Child Life specialists work with schools to help teachers and students understand the challenges children with cancer face. Please note: child-life specialists, hospital school program and other pediatric cancer support programs are now offered through C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
By the time Bob Redick was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his left tonsil, the cancer had already spread into his lungs. He underwent aggressive treatment and enrolled in a clinical trial, but none of it stopped the cancer.
Author Robin Romm talks about her memoir of her mother's death, The Mercy Papers. It's an incredibly forthright work, expressing Romm's feelings, particularly her anger, over the death of her mother, Jackie.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which comprises 27 of the country's leading cancer centers, has launched NCCN.com, a new consumer information Web site dedicated to educating people with cancer. The site provides resources that make it easier for patients to engage in more informed conversations with their doctors about different treatment options.

Research has proven that each of the complementary therapies offered at the Cancer Center assists in healing and coping. Patients often report that they have an improved sense of well-being and less anxiety after participating in complementary therapy programs. More services are being offered online, as a result.

Cancer Center dietitians answer your questions about vitamin D and what to do when cancer treatment interferes with good nutrition. For example, a side effect of treatment is to make people feel full even after only a few bites.