Christine Knight's family has always joked she was born with a needle in her hand. She began sewing at age 5 and has continued crafting her entire life. Like many wives and mothers with full-time jobs, her hobby came second to her busy life. That changed in fall 2013 when she was diagnosed with melanoma.
Mike Sanders wants you to know: participating in a clinical trial does not rule your life. Nor does it mean your doctors only care about whether the medication is working or not. Joining a clinical trial was not a guarantee of positive results, but Sanders decided to try after qualifying for an immunotherapy study. Immunotherapy is a growing area of cancer research and treatment that works the opposite of chemotherapy. Instead of attacking cancer cells, it boosts the body’s ability to fight cancer.
Communication with the patient and family is at the heart of the relationship between the patient, her family or friends, and the doctor.
Patients who receive radiation therapy understand that the process often comes with anxiety. In order to reduce some of this anxiety, the Department of Radiation Oncology formed a Patient and Family Centered Care (PFCC) committee. The goal of the group is to offer patients and families the opportunity to reflect on their treatment and recommend potential ways to improve the experience for others.
It's only natural when you hear the word cancer to want to spring into action to get rid of it. It's also natural to think about people you know who've had cancer and the decisions they made to treat it. You're afraid. You have families and friends to think about. You need to decide on your treatment . . . but not so fast.
Cancer Center experts meet to discuss patient cases and come up with innovative treatment options that could save lives.
When other hospitals run out of treatment options, experts in the U-M tumor boards are searching for solutions. Here is just one example of how a tumor board reached beyond "standard care" to offer hope to two brothers.
For patients with certain cancers, maintenance therapy is an effective way to use an ongoing, less intensive program of chemotherapy to help lower the risk of your cancer coming back.
What you need to know about the report that explains how your cancer looks under the microscope
How to make the right medical decisions for you