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Treatment Choices

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.

One-Third of Breast Cancer Patients Consult PCPs About Treatment Options

As more people survive cancer, primary care physicians and oncologists must work together to manage patient care. That’s because once cancer treatment ends, patients eventually transition back to their primary care physician.

Move, Breathe, Eat, Relax

When Martha Driskel learned she had esophageal cancer and needed a surgical procedure called an esophagectomy, she wanted to heal as quickly as possible. Thanks to the new Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program, her recovery went better than expected.

The PSA: Questions and Answers

Todd Morgan, M.D. of the U-M Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology Clinic answers questions about prostate cancer biomarkers and explains how they help in prostate cancer treatment.

When You're Diagnosed with Skin Cancer

The first step in treating skin cancer is proper diagnosis. This requires your doctor to remove a small tissue sample (a biopsy) from the suspected site. When done at the University of Michigan, a specially trained dermatopathologist examines the biopsy to determine if cancer is present and if so what type.

Hope and Heirlooms

Christine Knight's family has always joked she was born with a needle in her hand. Like many busy wives and mothers, her hobby came second to her life. That changed when she was diagnosed with melanoma.

Quality of Care and Life

Mike Sanders wanted 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.

One Doctor, Five Minutes, New Life

Communication with the patient and family is at the heart of the relationship between the patient, her family or friends, and the doctor. Nothing supplants the bond that forms when the patient knows her doctor is watching out for her health and for her life. As a doctor, you must convey that commitment with words and actions forever.

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