As 2013 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite Insight posts from the last year. From inspiring patient stories to important research, here is our top 10 list:
Nancy Campbell, MS, an exercise physiologist with Dana-Farber’s Adult Survivorship Program, discusses the benefits of physical activity and offers tips on how cancer patients can get started with an exercise routine.
If someone you know has a child being treated for cancer, there are a lot of ways to help. Jane Roper, whose daughter was diagnosed with leukemia (ALL) in 2012, provides tips and ideas based on her experience and other families she has met.
Four minutes after completing her 10th consecutive Boston Marathon, Akeson heard the explosions at the finish line. A veteran of 28 marathons, Akeson knew two things right away: she would be back to run Boston again in 2014, and she would not miss her next bi-weekly donation of platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
New treatment approaches and promising research trends have made the outlook for lung cancer patients a little more optimistic. David Jackman, MD, an oncologist with the Lowe Center for Thoracic Oncology, details some of the latest therapies.
When Meg McCormick was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, she didn’t let it rob her of the opportunities to enjoy life. She still has a physically active and socially engaged lifestyle, and if you have metastatic breast cancer, so can you.
In a study published in September 2013, Wendy Chen, MD, of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber, found that women who drank in early adulthood had a higher risk of developing cancer than young women who abstained from alcohol.
Julia Pettengill’s daughter Sophie was diagnosed with leukemia at age 2½, and received two years of care at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Pettengill covers some important questions to ask the oncologist as a child finishes treatment.
The study revealed that women who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts two or more times a week had a 35 percent lower risk of pancreatic cancer. A second study also found that nuts are linked to longevity.
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