Integrative Therapies , Patient Stories, Adult
Breast Cancer Patient Finds Calling and Comfort in Pilates

After breast cancer, pilates helped Ann Marie Turo, OTR/L, regain her strength and independence after breast cancer — and now she is helping others do the same, one pose at a time. Turo, a yoga and Pilates instructor with the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber, […]

August 18, 2017
0
Acute lymphoblastic - ALL , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Research
What Are The Side Effects of CAR T-Cell Therapy?

CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy in which patients’ T cells are modified to become better at tracking down and destroying tumor cells. CAR T cells are made by extracting thousands of a patient’s T cells, sending them to a lab where they’re outfitted with genes and proteins […]

August 17, 2017
0
Palliative Care
The Relationship Between Cancer Treatment and Opioid Medication

For many cancer patients, treatment comes with its own unique challenges — a common one being the management of pain through medication and other therapies. So when do cancer clinicians treat pain with opioid medication? And more importantly, how do they optimize the drug’s ability to increase a patient’s quality […]

August 16, 2017
0
Brain tumors , Glioblastoma , Patient Stories, Adult
For Mother and Son, Brain Cancer Treatment Is All In The Family

Upon learning she had brain cancer in early 2016, Connie Etheridge immediately thought, “Thank goodness it’s me, and not my children.” Then, three months later, her son Trevor, 23, found out he too had brain cancer. It was a devastating double diagnosis, but the Etheridges have been by each other’s […]

August 15, 2017
0
Hodgkin lymphoma
5 Tips for Being Confident as a Cancer Patient

Business consultant and former scientist Jordan Kraft didn’t always have the confident presence she has today. The 29-year-old was once a shy child who hated being in front of people. With encouragement from her parents, young Jordan started performing in plays – first as the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard […]

August 14, 2017
0
Chemotherapy
How Is Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting Treated?

Along with hair loss, nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy are among patients’ greatest concerns during cancer treatment. Fortunately, great strides have been made in the past decade or two, thanks to new generations of anti-nausea medications and better understanding of how to use them. Many patients won’t experience these distressing […]

August 12, 2017
0
Osteosarcoma , Patient Stories, Adult
How This Osteosarcoma Patient Deals with the Ups and Downs of the Cancer Journey

By Lyndsay McCaffery Two months. That’s how long I knew I had cancer before it was gone. I was a patient, and then a survivor, all before I had time to process what was happening to me. It has been almost five years and I am still trying to wrap […]

August 11, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
How to Advocate for Yourself If You Have Metastatic Breast Cancer

  By Lisa J. Frank I am a five-time cancer survivor – four times breast, one time melanoma – and a patient at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. I am also a full-time practicing attorney who is living life to the fullest with stage IV breast cancer […]

August 10, 2017
0
Immunotherapy , Uncategorized
Cancer Immunotherapy: Taking Aim with Neoantigens

It’s a compelling idea that has attracted scientists for decades: rather than poison tumors with chemicals and radiation, use a biological agent – a vaccine – to rally the body’s formidable immune defenders to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Yet, even as other forms of immunotherapy are showing promise […]

August 9, 2017
0
Gastrointestinal Cancer , Pancreatic cancer
Healing My Body and Spirit After Pancreatic Cancer

By Yvette Colón, OD I was diagnosed three years ago with pancreatic cancer, and the one thing I will never forget is when I asked my doctor when I could return to work as a clinical professor in optometry at a local health center. He looked at me and said, […]

August 8, 2017
0
Breast cancer
The Latest in Triple Negative Breast Cancer [Webchat]

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), which makes up about 10 to 15 percent of all breast cancers, describes breast cancer cells that do not have estrogen, progesterone, or HER2 receptors. In a recent Facebook Live webchat, Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, Director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer in the Susan […]

August 7, 2017
0
General interest
Pan-Mass Challenge Founder Billy Starr: “Cycle, Fundraise, Repeat”

Since organizing the first Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon (PMC) for several dozen friends in 1980, Billy Starr has helped the event flourish and grow to the point where it now raises more money than any athletic fundraiser in the country. The PMC generated $47 million for research and care at Dana-Farber […]

August 4, 2017
0
Acute myeloid - AML , Leukemias , Uncategorized
FDA Approves New Targeted Therapies for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on a new targeted treatment for some patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), an often aggressive disease and the most common adult acute leukemia. The FDA approved the drug Idhifa (enasidenib) specifically for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed […]

August 3, 2017
0
Colon Cancer , Rectal cancer
Advances in Colon and Rectal Cancer Surgery

Treatment for colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, usually involves surgery to remove tumors, which sometimes leads to complications and long recovery times. One recent innovation in surgical treatment focuses on improving results by enhancing the care patients get before, during, and after their […]

0
Lung cancers
Pan-Mass Challenge Team Provides Hope and Happiness for Lung Cancer Patient

The first time a Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) cyclist rode in her honor, a weakened Susan Cardinal sent them a good-luck text as she prepared for surgery. Just one year later, this Dana-Farber patient plans to be waiting excitedly at the Provincetown finish when the PMC team riding for her finishes […]

August 2, 2017
0
Lung cancers
What to Know About Lung Cancer in 2017 [Infographic]

Although the mortality rate for lung cancer is declining, this disease is still the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women, according to the American Cancer Society. It also remains the leading cause of cancer death in both sexes. This World Lung Cancer Day, learn about the signs, symptoms, […]

August 1, 2017
1
General interest , Multiple Myeloma , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #6: Then and Now with Multiple Myeloma Patient Linda Solomon

When Linda Solomon, a trained medical technologist, saw the results of her routine complete blood count in 2009, she knew it wasn’t good news. Solomon, then 61, was diagnosed with stage III multiple myeloma – and given three years to survive. Several rounds of chemotherapy, two stem cell transplants, and […]

July 31, 2017
0
Blood Cancer , Leukemias , Lymphomas , Multiple Myeloma , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What Care Do I Need After a Stem Cell Transplant?

A stem cell transplant can be a lifesaving treatment for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, or certain blood-related disorders. In many cases, however, transplants increase patients’ risk for an array of long-term health problems, often caused by the high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy used prior to the transplant. […]

July 28, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Susan F. Smith Center
Seed vs. Wire Localization: Lumpectomies for Breast Cancer

A lumpectomy “seed” technique is proving to be more comfortable and convenient for some patients with non-palpable breast cancers. Lumpectomies involve surgical removal of cancer in the breast with a rim of normal tissue. If the cancer has been detected by a mammogram or ultrasound and is not palpable — meaning, […]

July 27, 2017
0
Head and Neck Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Why I Walk: David Frank, MD, PhD

It has become a fall tradition in New England: thousands of people walking up to 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Their ages, backgrounds, and circumstances vary, but all take to the course with a common goal: a world without cancer. One of them […]

July 26, 2017
0
Acute myeloid - AML , General interest
A ‘Lost Boy of Sudan’ Shares History – With Help From Stem Cell Transplantee

After walking 1,000 miles in his bare feet to escape war, and then flying 7,000 more to a new life, it was a few, short steps into a hospital room that helped Panther Ajak Mayen complete his journey. One of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who escaped a civil war […]

July 25, 2017
0
General interest
Deciding to Make a Change in Cancer Treatment

The first treatment a patient receives for cancer is generally the one his or her oncologist believes has the best chance of curing the disease or holding it in check. But the time may come when it may be appropriate to make a change in the therapy. In the best […]

July 24, 2017
1
Stomach (Gastric) cancer
Volunteering at Pan-Mass Challenge Means Family and Fun for Stomach Cancer Survivor

Saul Heller has been a professional singer and a cantor, a grocer, travel agent, and even an activist blogger. These days, however, the 88-year-old grandfather is especially proud of two new roles: stomach cancer survivor and Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) volunteer. Each August for 12 years – missing only the summer after his January 2014 […]

July 21, 2017
0
Ask the Nutritionist , General interest , Risk and Prevention
Can Antioxidants Prevent Cancer?

Antioxidants are substances that can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, or unstable molecules. That damage, called “oxidative stress,” is linked to the kind of damage in DNA mutations that can contribute to the risk of certain cancers, as well as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease. […]

July 20, 2017
0
Patient Stories, Pediatric
Blood Relatives: Family Bound by Love and Rare Blood Disorder

Tracy Antonelli was four when she was diagnosed with thalassemia, a rare blood disorder that occurs often enough in Mediterranean countries like Italy that an old adage, uttered only partially in jest, warns Italian-Americans against marrying other Italian-Americans. In 2002, a grown-up Antonelli wed Patrick Mooty, whose background is mostly […]

July 19, 2017
0
General interest , Melanoma , Risk and Prevention
Is There a Connection between Cancer Medications and Increased Sunburn Risk?

By Nicole LeBoeuf, MD, MPH, clinical director of Dana-Farber’s Center for Cutaneous Oncology  While many people know that traditional chemotherapy drugs can increase sensitivity to the sun, some of the newer targeted therapies do as well. In fact, the risk of sun-related skin damage may be even higher with certain targeted […]

July 18, 2017
0
Care for adults
What Is Brain Metastasis and How Is It Treated?

When cancer spreads from its original site to the brain, it’s known as brain metastasis. While a significant percentage of all patients with cancer develop brain metastases, the most common cancers to spread to the brain are lung, breast, melanoma, colon, and kidney tumors. Every year, an estimated 100,000-400,000 people […]

July 17, 2017
0
Care for adults , Colon Cancer , Rectal cancer
How Is Immunotherapy Used to Treat Colorectal Cancer?

Cancers of the colon and rectum haven’t yet been as effectively treated with immunotherapy as have melanoma and lung cancer, but researchers are increasingly identifying patients who do appear to benefit from the immunity-boosting drugs – and devising strategies they hope will expand the reach of immunotherapy in colorectal cancers. […]

July 14, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Psychosocial oncology, childhood
Young Breast Cancer Patient Puts Healing in Her Own Hands

Sitting recently in Dana-Farber’s Healing Garden, Kireina Bell Sancho focuses on her task. She slowly works navy blue yarn through her needles, drawing the yarn back and forth to form the base of a headband – a gift for her sister. She says the repetitive motion, which requires both attention and […]

July 13, 2017
0
Health Topics , Palliative Care, childhood
How Does Palliative Care Help Cancer Patients?

Cancer is a serious illness – at any stage – and patients often experience painful symptoms and side effects that can make treatment more difficult to tolerate, both physically and emotionally. Seeking assistance from palliative care professionals can help patients maintain quality of life throughout treatment. But what do palliative […]

July 12, 2017
0
Care for adults
How To Ease Chemo-Related Fatigue

Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common problems patients face. Patients often report feeling wiped out during cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, and for many, feeling tired or worn out continues into life after cancer treatment. Here are 10 tips for alleviating treatment-related fatigue, through methods such as […]

July 11, 2017
0
Cancer research , Melanoma , Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
New Tanning Drug Could Protect Skin From the Sun

Scientists may have figured out a way to let people tan safely – without involving the sun. In an effort to further develop preventative measures for skin cancers like melanoma, researchers from Dana-Farber and other health care organizations have developed a potential topical cream that stimulates skin cells to produce […]

July 10, 2017
3
Sarcoma , Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Signs and Symptoms of Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Soft tissue sarcoma refers to cancer that begins in the muscle, fat, fibrous tissue, blood vessels, or other supporting tissue of the body. View the slideshow below to learn more about signs and symptoms of this cancer, as well as risk factors.   Learn more from the Center for Sarcoma […]

July 7, 2017
0
Immunotherapy
Who Should Be Treated with Immunotherapy?

There has been much excitement in recent years around new drugs that exploit the power of the body’s immune system to fight cancer. In some patients, even with advanced cancers, these immunotherapy treatments have slowed or halted the disease after standard treatments no longer worked, with remissions lasting several years […]

July 6, 2017
0
General interest , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #5: Then and Now with Breast Cancer Survivor Gabby Spear

Gabby Spear, a young, active mom, had never noticed a lump or pain before suddenly finding her breast cancer in November 2013, when she was 38. She was shocked. But, with two young daughters, there wasn’t much time to adjust to her new normal. In the latest episode of Voices: Then […]

July 5, 2017
0
Childhood
From Pediatric Cancer Treatment to Capitol Hill

Washington, D.C., can be a frenzied place, especially for a college student juggling a full class load and congressional internships on Capitol Hill. Jen Fox, however, is taking it all in stride. How does she stay so calm? Well, Fox suggests, two bouts with Hodgkin lymphoma in three years, and […]

July 3, 2017
0
Podcasts
Cancer Mythbusters Episode #6 – Is Palliative Care Only for End-of-Life Patients?

Palliative care is an often misunderstood specialty, focused on providing support and pain management strategies to cancer patients throughout all stages of their illness. This approach, which can be blended into curative cancer therapy, focuses on care for the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Read More: Oncology and Palliative […]

June 30, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Treatment of Adult Histiocytic Disorders?

While blood cancers known as adult histiocytic disorders are very rare and many patients do well with today’s treatments, researchers are working to improve outcomes with therapies targeted to newly discovered mutations – and they are about to begin testing immunotherapies, too. Histiocytic disorders involved overproduction of immune white cells, […]

June 29, 2017
0
General interest
Patrice Kelly’s Journey from Jimmy Fund Clinic Mom to Breast Cancer Patient

Charlotte Kelly hated having her chemotherapy port accessed, but her mother, Patrice, found a way to calm the toddler. Each time tears came, Patrice would rub her nose against Charlotte’s – and the pair would get past their fears together. Today the ritual continues, even though Charlotte’s last neuroblastoma checkup […]

June 28, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy
In Check: Attacking Cancer from Many Fronts

As a pediatric dentist, Jay Schwab had a clear-cut enemy: dental disease in children and adolescents, and the apprehensions they faced in the dental environment. Cavities could neither hide from his drill nor fool his X-ray machine, and plaque could easily be scraped away. Generations of patients went away smiling […]

June 27, 2017
0
General interest , Health Topics
How to Minimize Heart Problems Following Cancer Treatment

As more people are surviving cancer than ever before, greater attention is being focused on the cardiotoxicity of therapies and their long-term effects on the heart. Radiation therapy and a number of commonly used chemotherapy drugs can impair heart function, says Anju Nohria, MD, a cardiologist who leads the cardio-oncology […]

June 26, 2017
1
General interest , Survivorship
What Steps Should You Take After Cancer Treatment?

The end of active cancer treatment is a welcome arrival for most patients, but it can also be a time of concern. After seeing doctors regularly for many weeks or months, the transition to a life less cluttered with physician appointments can be unsettling. So what are the best steps […]

June 23, 2017
0
General interest
Which States Have the Highest Rates of the World’s Most Common Cancers? [Infographic]

The most common type of cancer in the United States is breast cancer, with more than 255,000 new cases expected in 2017, according to a report by the American Cancer Society. This is followed by lung cancer, with 222,500 new cases expected in 2017; and then prostate cancer, which is […]

June 22, 2017
1
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Research
Catch Me if You Can: Finding Cancer Cells that Hide in Plain Sight

In the high-stakes contest of hide-and-seek between cancer cells and the human immune system, the advantage doesn’t always lie with the body’s defenders. A new approach to treatment, known as CAR T-cell therapy, may shift that balance of power. Cancer cells conceal themselves from the immune system not by barricading […]

June 21, 2017
0
Care for children
College Student Reconnects with the Oncologist Who Saved Her Life

This post originally appeared on Thriving, the Boston Children’s Hospital blog. Anna Protsiou was 5 when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2002. She remembers pain, and fruit-scented anesthesia masks that led her to stop eating cherries. She also remembers hospital arts and crafts projects. What she barely remembers is […]

June 20, 2017
0
Cancer research , Research
Meet the Researcher: Bruce Spiegelman

Cancer patients often lose weight during treatment, which can limit their ability to withstand treatment and their quality of life. How can we fix this – and what role does energy metabolism play in cancer, and health overall? Those are the questions researcher Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, and his team at […]

June 19, 2017
0
General interest , Head and Neck Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
For Cancer Survivor, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk is a Father’s Day in Fall

Father’s Day may be when he says it with a card, but cancer survivor Derik Lampron will feel some of his most profound love and appreciation for his dad, Don, during the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sept. 24. As they cover the famous 26.2-mile course […]

June 16, 2017
0
Care for adults
What Is Chronic GVHD and How Can I Manage It?

Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common and potentially life-threatening complication of stem cell transplants that use donor cells. It arises when the donor’s immune system cells treat the recipient’s body as foreign and raise an attack on certain organs and tissues, most often the skin, mouth, and eyes. The […]

June 15, 2017
0
Care for adults , General interest , Health Topics
Which Cancers Should Men Be Screened For?

Studies show that men are often less likely than women to keep up with regular doctor’s visits, or be honest about their symptoms, which may contribute to worse health outcomes. Learn More: Make an Appointment at Dana-Farber What is Genetic Testing? Being vigilant about health care screenings is one of […]

June 14, 2017
1
Care for adults
Young Dancer Back on the Stage after Lymphoma Treatment

When Lauren Leonard bounces across the stage, she is in perfect harmony with the rhythm of the music. Amongst a group of other dancers, she stands out, moving with tangible energy. Dancing has been an important part of Leonard’s life since childhood. She started taking ballet lessons when she was […]

June 13, 2017
0
General interest
When Is Weight Loss a Sign of Cancer?

Everyone’s weight fluctuates over the course of life, rising or falling with changes in diet and exercise, and with the normal slowing of metabolism that occurs as we age. When weight loss occurs for no apparent reason – especially if the drop is dramatic – a variety of physical or […]

June 12, 2017
0
General interest
What’s the Difference between Chemotherapy Drugs and Antibody Drugs?

Both chemotherapy and antibody agents are used in the treatment of cancer. In its broadest definition, cancer chemotherapy refers to any drug that destroys cancer cells or slows their growth and reproduction. As the “chemo” in their name suggests, however, true chemotherapy agents consist of chemicals that kill fast-growing cancer […]

June 9, 2017
0
Adult , General interest
Cancer Survivors Offer Tips to New Patients Starting Treatment

Gaining the wisdom of another’s experience can be invaluable when facing something new – including cancer. Through the SoulMates program at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients can be paired with trained volunteers who have already been through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other […]

June 8, 2017
2
General interest , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #4: Then and Now with Neuroblastoma Patient Emily Coughlin

Amy McHugh’s 4-year-old daughter, Emily Coughlin, was a typical kid – playful and inquisitive – until May 2009, when she started complaining of knee pain. After a visit to the pediatrician, and a misdiagnosis of Lyme disease, the family ended up at Boston Children’s Hospital, where they received a devastating […]

June 7, 2017
0
Cancer research , Care for children
An Unclassified Tumor — with a Precisely Targeted Therapy

Early last year, at his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jesus Apolinaris Cruz’s leg hurt so much he could barely sleep. “All day, it was constant pain,” the 13-year-old recalls. His parents took him to two local pediatricians, who examined him, drew blood, and tested his platelets. No diagnosis. […]

June 6, 2017
0
General interest , Health Topics
Tips for Navigating the Hospital World as an LGBTQ Patient

By Tara Baysol Navigating the health care arena can be especially nerve-wracking for LGBTQ patients, many of whom dread the possibility of awkward encounters, judgmental questions, or outright discrimination. Even if hospitals and other facilities are committed to serving our community, we can still face insensitive interactions that leave us […]

June 5, 2017
1
Cancer research , General interest
What Are Cellular Therapies?

Sometimes called a “living drug,” cellular therapies use a patient’s own immune system cells to rally an attack on cancer. They’re made by removing a specific set of cells from the blood, modifying them in a lab to intensify the immune system’s natural response to cancer, and re-injecting them into […]

June 2, 2017
2
Cancer research , Podcasts
Cancer Mythbusters Episode #5: Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies – are tested to determine if they are safe and effective for patients. Nearly all cancer drugs in use today were tested and made available to patients through clinical trials, making them a crucial component of […]

June 1, 2017
0
Brain tumors , General interest , Neuro-oncology
What Factors Increase the Risk of Brain Tumors?

In most cases, the diagnosis of a brain tumor can’t be traced to a particular cause or risk factor. As with many forms of cancer, brain tumor risk increases with age – although tumors can develop in younger people – and men have a somewhat greater risk than women. About […]

May 31, 2017
0
Bladder cancer , Cancer research , Immunotherapy
How Is Immunotherapy Used to Treat Bladder Cancer?

Although immunotherapy seems like a recent phenomenon, physicians have been using the strategy to treat bladder cancer since 1990, when the BCG vaccine, made from a live but weakened tuberculosis bacilli, was approved for early stage cancer that hasn’t invaded the bladder’s muscular wall. Today, BCG is still the recommended […]

May 30, 2017
2
Brain tumors , Care for adults , Glioblastoma , Immunotherapy , Patient Stories, Adult
A Brain Tumor Kept at Bay by Immunotherapy

It’s 19 months after being diagnosed with the aggressive brain tumor, glioblastoma, and Andrew Wall is itching to go back to work as a police officer. “Sitting around is not my thing,” says Wall, 53, who hasn’t yet been cleared to return to work as a police officer in Monroe, […]

May 29, 2017
0
Brain tumors , Brain tumors, childhood , Immunotherapy , Research
Webchat: The Latest in Brain Tumor Research and Care

In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, David Reardon, MD, and Patrick Wen, MD, of Dana-Farber’s Center for Neuro-Oncology, went live on Facebook to answer questions about brain cancer. The doctors discussed advice for brain tumor patients, answered audience questions, and described the difference between the two major categories of […]

May 26, 2017
0
Immunotherapy , Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Immunotherapy Gives Retired Dentist and Melanoma Patient a Reason to Smile

For nearly 50 years, Jay Schwab wondered whether the melanoma he survived as a young man would return in a more serious form. When it did, in 2016, Dana-Farber was ready with a revolutionary response. A retired pediatric dentist, Schwab is one of a growing number of Dana-Farber patients thriving […]

0
Cancer Genetics , Cancer research , Colon Cancer , Endometrial (Uterine) cancer , Ovarian cancer
New Online Tool Guides Genetic Testing for Lynch Syndrome

A new online assessment tool developed at Dana-Farber can help rapidly identify people who should undergo genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, an inherited disorder that greatly increases the lifetime risk of colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, and other cancers. An estimated 1 in 279 individuals – nearly a million people in […]

May 25, 2017
0
Brain tumors, childhood , Care for children , Childhood
What’s New in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research and Care?

Mark W. Kieran, MD, PhD, director of Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, spoke to pediatric patient families in a recent Facebook Live Webchat addressing pediatric brain tumor care. Kieran answered questions from audience members about the most common of the 300 brain tumor types […]

May 24, 2017
0
Bladder cancer , Genitourinary Cancer , Immunotherapy
What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer accounts for only five percent of new cancer cases in America – a small piece of the pie – but considering it is the fourth most common cancer in men, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this disease. The most common sign […]

0
Care for adults , Caregiving , Young women with breast cancer
What to Say When a Loved One Has Cancer

Empathizing with a cancer patient can be difficult. After all, many people haven’t had the experience of being diagnosed with cancer themselves, so knowing what to say when a loved one tells you about their illness can be tricky. “When someone you love is dealing with something like cancer, there’s […]

May 23, 2017
0
Immunotherapy , Research
What Is a PD-L1 Test?

A PD-L1 test helps doctors determine whether a patient is likely to benefit from cancer drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. It involves sending a piece of tumor tissue to a lab for analysis. PD-L1 is a protein that allows some cells to escape an attack by the immune system. Extending […]

May 22, 2017
1
Brain tumors, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
One Family, One Researcher: How Mikey’s Journey is Fueling an Attack on DIPG

This story first appeared on Vector, a blog of Boston Children’s Hospital. “It’s a brutal disease; there’s just no other way to describe DIPG,” says Steve Czech. “And what’s crazy is that there aren’t many treatment options because it’s such a rare, orphan disease.” Czech’s son, Mikey, was diagnosed with […]

May 20, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Cervical Cancer , Gynecologic Cancer , Susan F. Smith Center
Women’s Cancers: What You Should Be Screened For and When

It’s never too early or too late to work toward being your healthiest you. That’s the motto of National Women’s Health Week, an initiative developed to help women of all ages take control of their health. Following proper cancer screenings is an important part of maintaining health and well-being – […]

May 19, 2017
0
Childhood , Fertility Preservation , Survivorship
Facing Fertility Issues as a Pediatric Cancer Survivor

In her research studies with young adult survivors of childhood cancers, pediatric oncologist Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, explored sexual dysfunction in survivors between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. She found that most of these young survivors reporting such problems keep their concerns from partners, […]

May 18, 2017
0
Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Patient Creates ‘Living Art’ for Her Wedding Day

This story originally appeared on Offbeat Bride. By Jordan Kraft “Will you postpone the wedding until after your cancer is gone?” my friend asked the week I was re-diagnosed with lymphoma. My response was so feral it surprised even me: “Honey, come hell or high water, I am motherloving having […]

0
Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative diseases , Patient Stories, Adult , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Battling Cancer: Restructuring and Enjoying Your New Life

By Rich Rothman In September 2013, I had a bone marrow transplant that doctors advised was the only potential cure for a blood cancer known as MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). Although we lived in New York City, we chose to have the transplant done at Dana Farber because we were impressed […]

May 17, 2017
2
Melanoma
Know Your Moles: When You Should Be Concerned about Melanoma

When it comes to skin growths that can lead to melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – Dana-Farber oncologist Elizabeth Buchbinder, MD, stresses the importance of both surveillance and a sense of history. “Moles are formed when skin cells known as melanocytes grow in clusters, and most never […]

May 16, 2017
0
Brain tumors , Brain tumors, childhood
What Are the Most Common Brain Tumors?

The brain controls many vital bodily functions – and when a tumor grows into or presses on an area of the brain, it may stop that part of the brain from functioning normally. Nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year, according to […]

May 15, 2017
0
Treatments and Procedures
Who Are the Different Nurses on a Cancer Care Team?

Nurses play a critical role in caring for cancer patients. From administering therapies and managing side effects, to preparing patients and families for what to expect, they are often the providers who patients see the most. And because of the range of services they provide, there are often multiple nurses […]

May 12, 2017
0
Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Pregnant with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, This Mom Found Care and Comfort at Dana-Farber

Elizabeth Larcom has six children, but it’s the youngest that she calls her “miracle baby” – and with good reason. In August 1997, the Army moved the Larcom family to Alaska with five kids under 12 and mom Elizabeth pregnant with the sixth. Soon after, husband and dad, Chuck, left […]

May 11, 2017
0
Melanoma , Uncategorized
Which U.S. States Have the Highest Rates of Melanoma?

Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer that typically begins in a mole. It can occur anywhere on the body, and although it is the least common type of skin cancer, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body and, ultimately, cause death. Within the […]

May 10, 2017
0
Cancer research , General interest , Immunotherapy
The Progress of Cancer Immunotherapy: The Tip of the Iceberg

If the human immune system was a powerful racing car, you could say that scientists in the past few years have gained unprecedented control over how to make it accelerate, and what causes it to slow or stop. This knowledge has spawned new immunotherapy drugs that are delivering dramatic benefits […]

May 9, 2017
2
Caregiving , General interest
As Roles Evolve, Oncology Nurses Share Passion for Care and Education

Dany Hilaire, PhD, RN, will never forget the day she decided to become a nurse. It was one of the saddest of her life. Her father had just died, and his nurses now turned their attention to Hilaire, her mother, and her siblings. “I remember one of them giving me […]

May 8, 2017
0

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