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Treatment Choices

Radiation Therapy: Keep your appointments

During radiation treatment for cancer, it may be tempting to skip an appointment when something else that seems more important comes up -- or when you're just not feeling well. Research shows, however, that people who kept their appointments had better outcomes than those who didn't.

What a Plastic Surgeon Wants You to Know About Breast Reconstruction

Women undergoing a mastectomy for breast cancer already have a lot to manage in regard to treatment and recovery. Beyond monitoring their health, they must also weigh a decision that could alter their appearance and quality of life after cancer treatment: whether to have breast reconstruction surgery -- and, if they do, which type to choose. The procedure can have physical and mental implications for patients whose cancerous breasts are surgically removed. Opting for reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy comes with questions and choices. A U-M plastic surgeon helps address them.

Finding a Clinical Trial That is Right for You

Enrolling in a clinical trial is a treatment option that can be beneficial for both the patient and others who can benefit from the findings. Almost all current treatments started out being tested in clinical trials. Medicine would not advance without the use of trials and people to participate in them.

Shared Science Saves Lives

When Ron Diehl was diagnosed in 1999 with Ewing sarcoma, a rare cancer that mainly affects children and young adults, he wanted to speak to someone who survived the disease as a way to maintain hope that he could get better. A young man of 34, he had a wife and three young kids, as well as a family dairy farm to run in the small town of Lupton, Mich.

My doctor wants me to have brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is sometimes a preferred method of treatment, depending on your physician’s advice, because of its precision. Rather than using a machine such as a linear accelerator outside of the body to direct radiation through healthy tissue to get to the cancerous cells, brachytherapy radiation is implanted inside the body either temporarily or permanently, depending on the type and location of the cancer.

Treatment Choices for Cervical Cancer

When a woman is diagnosed with cervical cancer, many questions arise. Why me? Can it be treated? Will I be cured? There are a number of myths or misconceptions about treating cervical cancer and understanding the facts is an important first step in making treatment choices.

Is our treatment of DCIS psychologic rather than oncologic?

There has been a lot of confusion since the study was published in September, 2015 examining mortality after a DCIS diagnosis. Specifically, the study looked at differences in outcome among women who were treated for DCIS by different methods. The differences among these women did not provide evidence that no treatment is an option.

Abnormal Pap Test — What should you do?

You've learned you have an abnormal pap test -- and are overwhelmed with questions. What does it mean? What happens next? One thing to keep in mind is the majority of abnormal Pap tests do not mean you have cancer. We outline some of the other causes of abnormal pap tests, and what you can expect to happen next.

DCIS, LCIS – Do I have breast cancer?

Lobular Carcinoma in situ (LCIS) and Ductal Carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are abnormalities that doctors call "stage zero" breast cancer. Women with either of these diagnoses often ask us, "Do I have breast cancer?"

I found a lump in my breast, what next?

Whether it was discovered during a breast self-exam or incidentally as you were putting on your deodorant, finding a breast lump can be terrifying. Somehow it seems human nature for us to think the worst when we find a mass or lump anywhere there should not be one.

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