Joe Tosch

Joe Tosch is a University of Michigan graduate and former employee of the University’s athletic department.  He has since moved to Kansas City and nearly 3 years ago became a father to a baby girl he and his wife Sarah named Ella.  When Ella was around one year old her Mother began noticing some problems with the infant.  After several trips to the doctors it was determined she had a brain tumor called Medulloblastoma. Ella ended up having emergency surgery that removed most of the brain tumor but the cancer had also spread to her spine.  In August of 2014 she went through six rounds of high dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.  None of the treatments were successful and she passed away on September 14th  2015,  five weeks shy of her 3rd birthday.


Dr. Max Wicha
University of Michigan

Almost everyone  has been touched by cancer either themselves or through a friend or family member.  A renowned University of Michigan cancer researcher, Dr. Max Wicha was just appointed to the National Cancer Advisory board by President Barack Obama.  

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University of Michigan study shows bellicose metaphors are a detriment to treating cancer.

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New research from the University of Michigan shows promise in someday being able to help the human body better withstand the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation.

Jian-Guo Geng is an associate professor in the University of Michigan  School of Dentistry.  He's found that in mice, injecting stem cells into the intestinal tract makes the mice much better able to survive high doses of chemo-radio therapy.

Geng says the discovery may someday make it possible to cure late-stage, metastasized cancers.  He says "People will not die of cancer, if our prediction is true." 

The study found that 50 to 75 percent of mice treated with a stem cell injection survived what should have been lethal doses of chemotherapy. 

Results of the research appear in the journal, Nature.