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Spring 2012

Ginger Root Supplement Reduced Colon Inflammation Markers

Ginger supplements reduced markers of colon inflammation in a select group of patients, suggesting that this supplement may have potential as a colon cancer prevention agent, according to a study published in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Gene Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Growth

A mutant protein found in nearly all pancreatic cancers plays a role not only in the cancer's development, but also in its continued growth, according to a new study from U-M pancreatic cancer researchers. The finding suggests a possible target for developing new ways to treat this deadly disease.

First-of-Its-Kind Surgery Helps Cancer Patient Keep Her Voice

When Sherry Wittenberg was diagnosed with a rare cancer in the cricoid cartilage of her larynx, doctors told her the only way to treat the condition was to remove her voice box. The operation would leave her unable to speak normally and would require her to breathe through a hole in her neck for the rest of her life.

Wittenberg sought a second opinion at the University of Michigan, where Douglas Chepeha, MD, MSPH, offered her an alternative -- the option of undergoing a new procedure that, if successful, would allow her to keep her voice.

Cancer Drugs Found to Increase Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Anti-aging gene identified as tumor suppressor
A new study sheds more light on how an anti-aging gene suppresses cancer growth, joint University of Michigan Health System and Harvard Medical School research shows.

Watch the video as Max Wicha, M.D. explains the importance of this research.

In Rare Cancers, It Takes a Village to Make a Difference

When Diana Hart's brother was diagnosed with adrenal cancer, her whole world turned upside down. Like so many others who feel powerless in the face of life-threatening illness, Diana turned to the Internet for information and guidance, but she found very few resources. Considered an ultra-rare cancer, adrenal cancer strikes less than 400 people nationwide each year.

U-M Researchers Find First Major Gene Mutation Associated with Hereditary Prostate Cancer Risk

After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease.

A Message From Our Director (Spring, 2012)

Welcome to the spring edition of the U-M cancer e-newsletter. The last few months have been exciting here at the Comprehensive Cancer Center! I am pleased to tell you that a team of U-M scientists has discovered the first hereditary gene linked to prostate cancer -- this significant finding is a critical step in understanding why some men develop more aggressive forms of the disease. I hope you enjoy reading the story and learning more about this exciting discovery.