Breast cancer
Fact Check: Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

Some women choose to receive breast implants, for cosmetic reasons or breast reconstruction, following a mastectomy. But does this result in a heightened chance of developing cancer? Fact: Women with breast implants have an increased, but still extremely low, risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin […]

October 17, 2017
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Leukemias, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Pediatric Patient and Social Worker Forge Bond From Clinic to College

Like many of Dana-Farber’s youngest patients, 3-year-old Hannah Packman brought a favorite plaything to each of her Jimmy Fund Clinic visits. Lulu the doll, however, was unique because of the extra attention she received from pediatric social worker Deborah Berk, LICSW. When Hannah had a blood draw, Berk arranged for […]

October 16, 2017
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Metastatic breast cancer
How Radiation Therapy Can Help in Metastatic Breast Cancer

When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, and/or other organs, it is called metastatic breast cancer. Depending on their location, metastatic cancer growths can cause pain and neurologic symptoms such as numbness and weakness. Patients with metastatic breast cancer, […]

October 12, 2017
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Blood disorders
POEMS Syndrome Patient Goes from Immobility to Recovery

The vow Chukwuma Anyanwu made to himself shortly after the birth of his third child in June 2015 speaks volumes, not only about the dire state of his health at the time but also about the mettle with which he is made. “My goal was to be able to walk […]

October 11, 2017
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Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
Skin Cysts and Cancerous Growths: What is the Difference?

New bumps or lumps on the skin can be concerning, especially if you aren’t sure whether it is a cancerous growth or a benign cyst. While it is often possible to distinguish between the two by touch and appearance, in some cases additional tests may be needed to determine which […]

October 10, 2017
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Breast cancer , Male breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
What It’s Like When Your Dad Has Breast Cancer

By Brittany Collins “Men don’t get breast cancer,” a practitioner told my father, who had concerning symptoms and a sister who carries a BRCA-2 mutation. “You shouldn’t worry.” This was how my family’s cancer journey began. Years prior, my paternal grandmother passed away from the disease, and my aunt had […]

October 9, 2017
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Brain tumors , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors?

Vaccines, drugs, and modified human cells that activate the immune system against cancer have improved outcomes and prolonged lives in some types of cancer in the past few years. For patients with glioblastoma, the most common primary brain tumor in adults, immunotherapy has shown some promise in clinical trials — […]

October 6, 2017
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Leukemias, childhood , Research
What’s New in Treatment for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of leukemia in which a group of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, are affected. Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children, and about 80 percent of children with leukemia have acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy was approved […]

October 5, 2017
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Metastatic breast cancer
What Are the Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?

When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs, it is called metastatic (also referred to as advanced or stage IV). While it is not curable, metastatic breast cancer can be treatable — especially with the advent of new therapies, including biologic targeted […]

October 4, 2017
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Blood Cancer , Chronic myelogenous - CML
Stem Cell Transplant Recipient Celebrates 20 Years of Life with Caregivers

Twenty years to the day after undergoing the stem cell transplant that saved him, Todd Ellison reunited with the Dana-Farber caregivers who changed his life – in more ways than one. Ellison, who was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in his early 20s, shared handshakes and “thank you” cake […]

October 3, 2017
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Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
From Healthcare Advocate to Breast Cancer Patient – And Back

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor. I was the kid who would cry with my friends when they skinned their knees, and do whatever I could to comfort them. In college I learned there were other jobs in healthcare where I could help people, and I […]

October 2, 2017
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Ovarian cancer
Testing a New Option in Ovarian Cancer Prevention

For women who inherit a breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene like mutant BRCA-1 or BRCA-2, the risk of ovarian and tubal cancers begins to rise significantly at age 40 to 45. Women at this age — and younger — are often advised to have their ovaries and tubes removed […]

September 29, 2017
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Thyroid cancer
Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms and Signs

Located in the front of the neck below the voice box (larynx) and above the collarbone, the thyroid gland plays a very important role in regulating the body’s metabolism and function. Hormones released by the thyroid gland help to control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Learn More: […]

September 27, 2017
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Prostate cancer
Can Immunotherapy Be Used to Treat Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer can be treated by immunotherapy, and it was the first form of cancer for which a vaccine therapy – a treatment that stimulates the immune system to attack a disease – was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That vaccine, called Provenge, was cleared by the […]

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CAR T-cell therapy , Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: What’s New in Treatment? [Webchat]

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the two major subtypes of lymphoma, and about 72,000 people will be diagnosed with this cancer by the end of 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. There are more than 50 types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – including B-cell and T-cell lymphomas, as well as […]

September 26, 2017
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Blood disorders, childhood , Childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Gene Therapy Helps Treat Boy’s Rare Immune Disorder

In their Brookline home-far-away-from-home, 2-year-old Duy Anh “Harry” Le plays with blocks and pop-up toys on the floor with his mother, Thao Nguyen. He is lively and happy, and his skin is clear. He looks almost nothing like the sickly baby covered in eczema who arrived in Boston from his […]

September 25, 2017
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Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Breast Cancer Patient is a One Woman Show – In More Ways Than One

“The jig is up.” At least, that’s what Christine Ernst thought as she waited for the mammogram technician to deliver the bad news that she knew was coming. What Ernst didn’t know was what exactly that bad news would be, but eventually it became clear: she had stage II HER2-positive […]

September 22, 2017
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Ovarian cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Advanced Ovarian Cancer: 4 Things to Know

By Linda Dzobiek I have been living with ovarian cancer for 13 years. I was diagnosed at age 53 with Stage 3C ovarian cancer, and after receiving care near my home in Providence, Rhode Island, my doctor referred me to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers for a […]

September 21, 2017
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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Symptoms and Signs

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma refers to any of a large group of cancers of the immune system that can occur at any age and are often marked by enlarged lymph nodes, fever and weight loss. It is one of the most common cancers in the United States, accounting for about 4 percent […]

September 20, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Patient Stories, Adult , Research
CAR T-Cell Therapy Gives Cancer Patients New Hope

Judy Wilkins tried four different chemotherapy regiments over 18 grueling months to try to put her lymphoma into remission. Her team never could. But thanks to CAR T-cell therapy, an emerging immunotherapy treatment that is showing great promise in clinical trials nationwide, Wilkins is cancer-free. CAR (Chimeric Antigen Receptor) T-cell therapy […]

September 19, 2017
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Patient Stories, Adult , Susan F. Smith Center
Patient Lives Energetic Life After Cancer Treatment — With Help From an App

Before her vulvar cancer diagnosis, Ronda Cushman led an energetic life as a physical therapy assistant who exercised each morning. Chemotherapy treatment curtailed both passions, but now Cushman may have a new ally in regaining her strength – and caregivers a new way to monitor her health away from the […]

September 18, 2017
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Uncategorized
Interrupting Breast Cancer Treatment to Have a Baby

Sarah Murray was planning her wedding when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29 and became a patient in the Young Women with Breast Cancer program at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers. “Cancer was the furthest thing from our minds,” she recalls. Like many other […]

September 15, 2017
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Immunotherapy , Lymphomas
How is Immunotherapy Used to Treat Lymphoma?

While new types of immunotherapy are being used to treat a wide variety of cancers, immunotherapy has been a front-line treatment for lymphoma for decades. Lymphoma occurs when white blood cells known as lymphocytes grow abnormally. There are nearly 70 subtypes of Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma that have been […]

September 14, 2017
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Brain tumors, childhood , Childhood
6 Types of Pediatric Brain Tumors

There are many different pediatric brain tumor types and classifications based upon the tumor’s cell structure, composition, rate of growth, location, and other characteristics. A child’s tumor may have the same microscopic appearance to an adult tumor, but the mutations that cause its growth are completely different.   Learn more […]

September 13, 2017
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Brain tumors, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
From Grief Comes Knowledge: Family of Pediatric Brain Tumor Patient Shares Their Story

There is no greater pain than losing one’s child, but Jessica Horak Stout has derived something positive from her son Ryland’s passing – a teaching moment for medical experts on what it’s like to grieve through a parent’s eyes. Horak Stout co-wrote a book with her father Walter Horak that […]

September 12, 2017
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Ovarian cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Susan F. Smith Center
Ovarian Cancer Can Present Unique Challenges Around Gender

By Mal Malme Each year during my annual checkup with my wonderful oncologist Panos A. Konstantinopoulos, MD, PhD, at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber, I reflect back on how grateful I am that my ovarian cancer is in remission. And while I appreciate the warmth […]

September 11, 2017
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Immunotherapy , Ovarian cancer , Uncategorized
Immunotherapy and Ovarian Cancer: An Update

By Ursula Matulonis, MD, Director, Gynecologic Oncology, Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers Immunotherapy has revolutionized the treatment of many types of cancer and is now undergoing testing in ovarian cancer. Clinical trials of drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors, which can unleash a potent immune system attack on […]

September 8, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Stem Cell Transplants and Cellular Therapies: What’s the Difference?

Donor stem cell transplants and other cellular therapies are treatment approaches that harness the immune system to fight cancer using cells from the patient or from healthy donors. Stem cell transplants are used to treat blood-related cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, as well as certain non-cancerous blood […]

September 7, 2017
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Patient Stories, Adult , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Stem Cell Donor Celebrates Life of Man He Helped Save

He doesn’t start medical school until August, but Matthew Churitch has already helped save a patient – and gained valuable insight into the role that hope and kindness can play in recovery. Churitch visited Dana-Farber last month with Peter Karalekas, to whom he donated stem cells two years ago. Karalekas, […]

September 6, 2017
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Prostate cancer
What Are The Symptoms of Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a disease in which cancer forms in the tissues of the prostate, a male gland just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. Prostate cancer is rare in men younger than 50 years of age, and the chance of developing prostate cancer increases as men […]

September 5, 2017
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Lymphomas , Patient Stories, Adult , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Platelet Donations Mean Sisterly Bonding for These Siblings

They grew up in the same house and still vacation together each summer, but Pam and Paula Gorgone do some of their best sisterly bonding when they’re giving platelets. Every other Thursday, with rare exceptions, the siblings sit side-by-side at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center and donate platelets. They […]

September 4, 2017
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Lymphomas , Psychosocial Oncology
What It’s Like to Be a Young Adult with Cancer [Webchat]

Being a young adult with cancer comes with its own unique circumstances – and Lauren Leonard is no stranger to those hurdles. Diagnosed with stage IV primary bone diffuse large b-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma at 22, and now in remission, Leonard has faced challenges in all parts of her life as a […]

September 2, 2017
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Hodgkin lymphoma , Lymphomas
Hodgkin Lymphoma Survivorship and Follow-Up Care

Adult Hodgkin lymphoma has one of the highest cure rates among all cancers. Still, the standard lymphoma therapies – including chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and steroid therapy – may result in long-term side-effects beginning during treatment, and/or late-term effects arising years or decades after treatment. This is why check-ups and screenings […]

September 1, 2017
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Blood Cancer
What Are the Symptoms of The Rare Blood Cancer BPDCN?

Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm, or BPDCN, is a rare, aggressive blood cancer, with features of both lymphoma and leukemia. While it is somewhat similar to acute myeloid leukemia (AML), its unique characteristics include abnormal tumor cells that can be found in the blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, or skin. […]

August 31, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Leukemias, childhood
FDA Gives First-Ever Approval to CAR T-Cell Therapy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that a drug called CTL019 has become the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy approved to treat a form of cancer. The decision means the drug can be used as standard therapy for the treatment of pediatric and young adult patients with […]

August 30, 2017
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Blood Cancer , Chronic lymphocytic - CLL , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Uncategorized
Identical Twins Share with Near Identical Cancer Diagnoses

Identical twins George and Greg Robinson have been inseparable for 57 years, from sharing a childhood bedroom and classes in school through dual Air Force stints and careers in the airline industry. Today, back in their native Cambridge, Mass., they live just a block apart and still talk several times […]

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Colon Cancer , Diet and Nutrition
Vitamin D: Can It Prevent or Slow Cancer?

Vitamin D may prevent or slow some types of cancer, according to some intriguing studies. However, the evidence is not yet definitive, and no recommendations currently exist on taking extra vitamin D to prevent cancer. Vitamin D is a nutrient that helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to build […]

August 29, 2017
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Lymphomas , Patient Stories, Adult
Lymphoma Survivor Dishes Out Upbeat Attitude — And Ice Cream

Ever since he drove a Good Humor truck to pay his way through college, ice cream has meant many things to Dan Schorr: hard work, freedom, friendship, fun. Now, after treatment at Dana-Farber for an aggressive form of lymphoma, he has added another – gratitude. Schorr is founder of Vice […]

August 26, 2017
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Breast cancer , Young women with breast cancer
Cancer-Free Triple Negative Breast Cancer Patient Looks to Future

Kristen Collins was 40 years old when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer – the most difficult type of breast cancer to treat. It was a heart-wrenching moment for Collins, who is the mother of three small children. “My heart sank when I heard the news,” said Collins. […]

August 25, 2017
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Chemotherapy
Biological Therapy and Chemotherapy: What Are the Differences?

Chemotherapy and biotherapy are both used to destroy cancer cells. So how are they different, and how are they similar? Traditional chemotherapy uses chemical substances to treat cancer. Biological therapy, by contrast, uses living organisms, substances derived from organisms, or laboratory-made versions of those substances to act against cancer cells. […]

August 24, 2017
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Blood Cancer
How Does a Geriatrician Help When Treating Older Cancer Patients?

Geriatrician Tammy Hshieh, MD, MPH, introduces herself to patients by saying she is a specialist in aging and complexity. Almost inevitably, a cancer patient in his or her 70s, 80s, or 90s is dealing with more than a tumor – and that’s where Hshieh’s skills and experience can be an […]

August 23, 2017
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Patient Stories, Adult , Psychosocial Oncology , Sarcoma
Becoming a Mom with the Help of a Friend – Despite Metastatic Synovial Sarcoma

Deciding to have a baby can be a happy – and sometimes scary – time for parents. Worries and questions about finances, the future, and the baby’s health are common. But most parents-to-be don’t have a cancer diagnosis looming over their heads like Abby and Tom Morgan did. A 32-year-old teacher, […]

August 22, 2017
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Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma: Optimizing Quality of Life for Survivors

Thanks to major advances in treatment in recent years, patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma today have a much greater life expectancy, even though the blood cancer isn’t curable. It’s possible to think of myeloma – a malignancy affecting antibody-producing immune cells – as a chronic disease with which some individuals […]

August 21, 2017
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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
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Acute lymphoblastic - ALL , CAR T-cell therapy , 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 […]

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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