Mary Clare Fischer
Contributing writer

Fischer previously promoted innovations in clinical care and tells patient stories on behalf of the Rogel Cancer Center while also managing external communications for Michigan Medicine’s surgery and urology departments and the Transplant Center. 

Mary Clare Fischer
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Patient celebrates 30-year anniversary of lung transplant
Celebrating 30 years since her life-saving lung transplant, Mary Pierce's story is an inspiration to us all. Read how she overcame the odds and continues to live life to the fullest.
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Sex, age, mental health and more can affect perceived barriers to genetic testing for cancer
A variety of factors affect the barriers that patients with cancer foresee to undergoing genetic testing, researchers found, but the issues that motivate patients to actually follow through with genetic testing remain unclear.
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When genetic testing can help the whole family
Genetic testing for hereditary conditions such as breast cancer can have implications for the whole family. Learn how genetic testing helped Cathleen Argyle and her family to uncover a rare mutation and how the Rogel Cancer Center provided advice and guidance throughout the process.
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Heart transplant inspires woman to go back to school
Amy Bacon was inspired to go to college after her heart transplant. She now has three academic degrees and is working on a fourth while also educating teenagers about the importance of organ transplants.
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Family support helps baby and parents navigate heart failure and transplant
Mariana Lizcano was in heart failure before she turned a year old. Support from her family and care team were crucial to her ability to undergo a heart transplant and recover smoothly.
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What vitamin D can — and can’t — do for you
Supplement expert and U-M Health Jenkins/Pokempner Director of Alternative Medicine Mark Moyad explains what vitamin D can – and can’t – do for you.
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Zip code and hospital quality may both affect the risk of dying after surgery
Researchers analyzed whether the neighborhood a patient lived in or the quality of the hospital they went to for an operation affected their recovery from surgery
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Black patients more likely to get emergency colorectal cancer surgery
Emergency surgery was linked to less thorough pre-surgical assessments and worse outcomes after surgery.
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Most heart transplant centers’ websites get failing grade when it comes to clear, accessible information
Most heart transplant centers’ websites are written in language above the average American’s reading level, and more than a third have no resources for people who spoke a language other than English.
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Liquid biopsies could predict survival odds for patients with metastatic cancer
Liquid biopsies, a certain type of blood test, can be a helpful tool to guide treatment discussions for patients with metastatic cancer.
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Study compares adverse events after two types of bariatric surgery in adolescents
Complication and death rates were similar for both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy when researchers compared the two weight-loss surgeries in adolescents covered by Medicaid.
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Bias against older organ donors may be leading to smaller organ supply for transplants
Left-digit bias, a type of unconscious bias often linked to ageism, is linked to fewer organs selected from donors 70 years old or older, compared to those who are 69 or younger.
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Hospital room features may affect recovery after surgery
The design of a hospital room could affect recovery after high-risk surgeries.
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Chronic health conditions associated with worse survival rates for patients with metastatic breast cancer
Black women are at the highest risk of death.
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How a clinical trial expanded options for a patient with a rare cancer
A rare bile duct cancer was difficult to treat once it spread to the lining of Lori Robertson’s abdomen. A clinical trial, led by University of Michigan Health, gave her some other options.
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