Mary Clare Fischer
Intermediate Public Relations Representative

Fischer promotes 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. Before joining the university, she spent six years as a journalist. She has a passion for elevating translational research, highlighting the human element of science, and using a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion to shape her storytelling. Contact: fmarycla@med.umich.edu

Mary Clare Fischer
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Meet the team that’s changing cancer experiences for teenagers, young adults
Focused on addressing health disparities, the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program (AYA) at Michigan Medicine centers on more inclusive cancer care for this age group and dedicates its research to health equity for AYA cancer patients.
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Private equity firms are buying more surgical facilities
The number of investments in surgical centers and practices by private equity firms increased every year in the past two decades.
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Why do some people need a third dose of the COVID vaccine?
We know more now about how immunocompromised people — including organ transplant recipients, certain cancer patients and those on medications that severely suppress the immune system — respond to the COVID vaccine.
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For cancer care, patients’ relationship with their primary care providers prove crucial
Two studies highlight the important role of PCPs and their communication with patients at various stages of their cancer journeys.
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Six ways to prevent your child from playing with fire
And what to do if they’re already misusing candles, matches, lighters and more.
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Getting a shot at life
Although Karey Mushenski was reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, she did so before her lung transplant. That decision may have saved her life.
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Keeping afloat during the pandemic
Swimming was how Kara Wolter found solace, especially after her bone cancer diagnosis and leg amputation. But COVID often took away her safe place and delayed her Swim Across America race. Here’s how she ultimately crossed the finish line.
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Heated chemotherapy can help some children with cancer
Known as HIPEC, the therapy has been available for adults for years at Michigan Medicine. Now it’s an option for kids here, too.
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Financial barriers fell for some cancer survivors after Affordable Care Act
Adult patients under 65 were less likely to delay treatment and had less trouble paying for medications or dental care after key features of the landmark health care law were implemented.
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Transgender couple fulfills dream to become parents
Gender-affirming health care is essential for transgender patients. When Jesse Ballard and Maria Ortiz decided to become parents, Dr. Daphna Stroumsa and their team helped them navigate transmasculine pregnancy and birth.
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Woman runs half-marathon on one-year anniversary of complex cancer surgery
Robin Schroeder was determined to continue her active lifestyle, even after she underwent a Whipple, a taxing operation with a difficult recovery period.
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Chemotherapy does not affect complication rate or patient satisfaction for breast reconstruction
Among those who underwent a mastectomy and breast reconstruction, there were no significant differences in complication rate or patient well-being for women who received chemotherapy as an additional treatment compared to those who did not.
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How the Pandemic Shaped One Man’s Cancer Journey
In 25 years, Chris Cauley had never taken two weeks off of work. As health services were shutting down because of COVID-19, he had to learn how to be a patient.
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When Art Therapy Goes Virtual
One patient transcends her ‘moat’ against COVID-19 while her art therapist finds unexpected benefits to teaching online.
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If I’m Immunocompromised, Should I Keep Wearing My Mask Once I’m Vaccinated?
Immunocompromised people may have lower efficacy rates of protection against COVID-19 after vaccination. Herd immunity from the immunocompetent remains essential to helping protect this population.
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