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My Whole Family Is Fighting

When I was told my mom has stage IV ovarian cancer, I felt terrible because I live in Boston and she lives in Germany. A few days before my flight out, I felt something in my left breast...

A Teacher's Story

I'm greeted at the office with a child's piggy bank full of coins. I am overwhelmed with emotion. I set the piggy bank on my shelf and the coins in a cedar box on my window sill along with a green lifesaver, a couple of quarters, a dollar bill... all sacrificial gifts from the heart to help Mrs. Greer "beat cancer."

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Helping Hands Fund

As new drugs show promise in breast cancer treatment and prevention, women who should be taking these medications may be reluctant if costs are too high. The Helping Hands Fund at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center helps patients whose medication costs exceed their ability to pay.

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Angela's Corner: Your Support System

Angela's Corner: Preparing Yourself For Chemotherapy

You have been diagnosed with cancer and one of the first things that pops into your mind is asking, "Do I need chemotherapy?" Chemo is not always needed, but when it is, there may be a few things you need to do. Preparing yourself mentally, physically, and emotionally is important.

Make your doctor and dentist appointments: You may need additional check-ups prior to starting chemotherapy. If you need any blood work or other tests, getting those done before chemo would be ideal. Seeing your dentist for a cleaning and any dental work that would be needed is essential. Chemo can be hard on your mouth and you will increase your chance of infection, therefore dental work should not be done while you are undergoing treatments.

Finding transportation: Having someone accompany you to your appointments would be a must-do in my opinion. Oftentimes, you would appreciate having that support person by your side. They can help write notes, ask questions to clarify, or just be there for your personal shoulder to cry on. Other times, it may be best to have someone drive you to and from your chemotherapy injections in case you have any side effects, such as sleepiness.

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Support Vital Breast Cancer Research
Breast cancer can adversely affect women's bones. Cancer treatment in particular can take a toll on bones, weakening them and putting women at a high risk for fractures. These women develop signs of osteoporosis which includes bone loss and bone pain. Dr. Catherine Van Poznak, from the University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center, is studying ways to diagnose, treat and prevent bone loss and discomfort among women diagnosed with breast cancer. She is also studying ways to identify breast cancers that are more likely to spread to the bone. Donations through this Gift That Gives More™ will go towards supporting Dr. Van Poznak and her research team. Thank you!

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