Perking up the PERC

The Cancer Center's Patient Education Resource Center gets a new and improved home


Lori Boylan, information resource assistant (left) and Ann Marie Scholten

Finding the right information can be tough, especially when it comes to something like researching cancer. A trip to the local library can lead you to books written years ago, before certain advances were made in cancer care. The Internet can be even worse, with an overload of information that may or may not be coming from a reliable source.

Your best bet? The Cancer Center’s Patient Education Resource Center gives patients easy access to our complete library of all things cancer. And now, thanks to a major renovation, the PERC has a new and improved location and more up-to-date information than ever. Conveniently located on level B2 of the Cancer Center, next to blood draw, the PERC is open Monday through Friday, from 9a.m. to 5 p.m., to all patients and family members.

“People come to the PERC in search of all types of information, “says librarian Amy Schroer, MILS. “We have disease-specific resources, brochures to help understand treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, nutrition information and more.”

Ann Marie Scholten was just 20 years old when she was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2005 and her mother took the lead on researching her illness. She remembers the two of them finding pamphlets about side effects at the old PERC location, which was limited to a small room with no windows.

“Walking into the new location, you can see how much more information there is,” she says.

You can read more about the Cancer Center’s new PERC in the Winter 2014 issue of Thrive.

Take the next step:

Learn about the iPad Program at the PERC.

Thrive.fwThrive magazine is a quarterly publication of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, offering inspirational patient stories, news and information on programs and services, tips on coping and living with cancer and more. Find Thrive in the Cancer Center or online.




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