Epigenetics: How It Works And What It Means for Cancer Research

As scientists map ever more of the epigenetic disruptions that occur in cancer, the implications for cancer therapy are becoming increasingly evident.

January 10, 2018
Blood Cancer , Leukemias
Drug Approvals Mark New Era in Treating Acute Leukemia in Adults

Recent drug approvals collectively mark a new era in the treatment of adults with these diseases, scientists say.

May 25, 2018
Gynecologic Cancer
The Latest in Radiation Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is often one component of treatment for gynecologic malignancies such as cervical, vaginal, and endometrial cancer.

May 24, 2018
Blood disorders , Care for adults , Care for children , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What is Bone Marrow Failure and How is it Treated?

Bone marrow failure occurs when the bone marrow – the soft, spongy center of the bones – fails to produce enough healthy blood cells to keep up with the body’s needs.

May 23, 2018
Coping with Cancer , Survivorship , Uncategorized
10 Tips to Manage Cancer-Related Stress and Anxiety

Many patients and caregivers deal with the mental and physical effects of stress and anxiety.

May 22, 2018
How Clinical Trials Move Cancer Treatment Forward

Dana-Farber's Geoffrey Shapiro, MD, PhD, answers common questions about clinical trials and how they help improve cancer treatment.

May 21, 2018
Colon Cancer , Risk and Prevention
Colon Cancer Prevention Brings Father and Son Together

Genetic testing provided a father and son with a proper diagnosis for their rare colon condition.

May 18, 2018
Brain tumors , General interest
When is a Headache a Sign of a Brain Tumor?

A common question about severe or persistent headaches is whether they can be caused by a serious underlying health problem, such as a brain tumor.

May 16, 2018
General interest
What is the Difference Between Cancer and a Tumor?

A common question, answered.

What is Radioimmunotherapy?

Radioimmunotherapy is a combination of radiation therapy and immunotherapy.

May 15, 2018
Melanoma , Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
Melanoma Prevention: Does Staying in the Shade Prevent Sunburn?

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight, along with sunburns, can increase the risk of skin cancer and melanoma.

May 14, 2018
Leukemias, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Brother’s Stem Cells Make Remission Possible for Pediatric Leukemia Patient

Pediatric leukemia patient Emma Duffin is in remission, thanks to the stem cell transplant made possible by her brother, Alexander.

May 11, 2018
How Chemical Biology Seeks to Improve Cancer Treatment and Research

Chemical biology research often starts with an unmet medical need — for example, a report that a certain type of cancer has developed resistance to existing therapies.

May 10, 2018
What is Lymphedema and How Is It Treated?

Although lymphedema symptoms can be prevented and managed in a variety of ways, surgeons are pioneering procedures to restore a healthy lymph system in affected patients.

May 9, 2018
Breast cancer
What Are The Stages of Breast Cancer?

When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, doctors determine the stage of the disease – which indicates how much cancer is in the body, whether it has spread beyond the breast, and, if so, how extensively.

May 8, 2018
General interest , Head and Neck Cancer
Why Dana-Farber Nurses Love What They Do

To mark National Nurses Week, Dana-Farber nurses share what drew them to oncology and what they enjoy most about it.

May 7, 2018
Childhood , Liver cancer, childhood
What’s New in Research and Treatment for Pediatric Liver Tumors?

Recent headways in pediatric liver tumor treatment include more targeted therapies that aim to hone in on the cancer and destroy it — while reducing the toxic effects of treatment on the body, when possible.

May 4, 2018
Breast cancer , Young women with breast cancer
Ten Things to Know About Young Women with Breast Cancer

Women who develop breast cancer when they're relatively young – under age 45 – face a variety of issues unique to their stage of life.

May 3, 2018
CAR T-cell therapy , Lymphomas
FDA Approves Second CAR T-Cell Therapy for Lymphoma Patients

CAR T-cell therapy uses specially altered T cells — which are part of the body’s immune system — to fight cancer.

May 1, 2018
CAR T-cell therapy , Childhood
Using A Bold Strategy to Enhance CAR T-Cell Therapies

Boston-based researchers hope to optimize CAR T-cell therapies to target DIPG, aggressive and difficult-to-treat brain tumors, and other tough-to-treat cancers.

General interest
Do Cellphones Cause Cancer?

Scientists’ main concern is that cell phones can increase the risk of brain tumors or other tumors in the head and neck area – and as of now, there doesn’t seem to be a clear answer.

April 30, 2018

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