Psychosocial Oncology
How Cancer Patients Can Maintain Sexual Health

If changes in sexual health or in an intimate relationship are bothering you, look into getting help, says Sharon Bober, PhD. "These issues do not have to be the price you pay for cancer treatment,” she says. 

July 20, 2018
General interest
Does Nicotine Cause Cancer?

An addictive substance, nicotine produces a pleasurable, relaxed feeling when inhaled in smoke or vapor or when ingested from chewing tobacco.

July 19, 2018
Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What to Know about Stem Cell Transplants

Stem cell transplants are performed in order to give a patient new blood cells, as well as a new immune system. It is this new immune system that plays a key role in making certain blood cancers go away and stay away.

July 18, 2018
Kidney cancer
Dana-Farber Oncologist Gears Up for First Pan-Mass Challenge

Dana-Farber's Toni Choueiri, MD, will participate in his first Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon in August. “Considering his dedication to me and his other patients, I am not surprised that he is riding in the PMC and raising money to develop new treatments for people with my type of kidney cancer," says a former patient of Choueiri's.

July 17, 2018
Diet and Nutrition
Ketogenic Diets and Cancer: What Patients Should Know

There is speculation that a keto diet can help cancer patients “starve cancer cells” by preventing the cells from using glucose for energy and growth. But is there evidence that a keto diet can be truly beneficial in the treatment of cancer?

July 16, 2018
Why Does Chemotherapy Often Have Side Effects?

People experience side effects with varying levels of severity during their chemotherapy treatment. Due to advancements in palliative care, most people are able to manage their side effects during chemotherapy very effectively.

July 13, 2018
Brain metastases , Brain tumors , Neuro-oncology
What’s On The Horizon For Brain Tumor Treatment?

Targeted therapies and immunotherapy are in a phase of discovery that is more promising than any preceding brain cancer research, according to the leaders of Dana-Farber's Center for Neuro-Oncology.

July 12, 2018
Childhood , Patient Stories, Adult
After 40 Years, Pediatric Patient Returns to Dana-Farber

Cameron Smith has spent decades traveling the country on his motorcycle, but nothing quite matches the car ride he took to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this summer—his first visit in 40 years to the cancer center where Institute founder Sidney Farber, MD, saved his life in 1961.

July 11, 2018
Psychosocial Oncology
Back Pain and Cancer: How Are They Related?

Back pain can occur for a variety of reasons not related to cancer, such as injury or arthritis; in certain circumstances, back pain can be related to cancer.

July 10, 2018
Ewing sarcoma , Sarcoma
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Ewing Sarcoma?

To make Sarcoma Awareness Month, we take a look at the symptoms of Ewing sarcoma, a rare disease that grows from cells in bones or in the soft tissue surrounding bones.

July 9, 2018
Immunotherapy , Patient Stories, Adult , Thoracic Cancer
Stage IV Lung Cancer Patient in Remission for Years After Immunotherapy

Nancy Hale was given a 30 percent chance of surviving three years when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. But today, six years after her initial diagnosis and because of an immunotherapy clinical trial, Hale is in remission—and “blazing the trail” for other patients.

July 3, 2018
Coping with Cancer , Psychosocial Oncology
Three Things to Know About Young Adults with Cancer

Young adults faced with a cancer diagnosis are in a particularly unique position.

General interest , Risk and Prevention , Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
How to Safely Get Enough Vitamin D

Dermatologists do not recommend unprotected sun exposure as way to increase your vitamin D levels. “It is better to protect yourself from the sun and take a vitamin D supplement if you have a deficiency,” says Cecilia Larocca, MD, of Dana-Farber.

July 2, 2018
Diet and Nutrition
Five Tips for Healthier Grilling

Here's how you can reduce your exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals while barbecuing this summer—without putting the cover back on the grill.

Breast cancer
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer?

Mammograms are effective methods of screening and diagnosing the disease even before symptoms arise, but it is still important to be aware of the signs and symptoms that may indicate cancer.

June 29, 2018
Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapies Producing Dramatic Results in Multiple Myeloma

Advances against multiple myeloma have come at an especially rapid pace, with 10 new therapies approved in just the last 10 years. As a group, their impact "is greater than anything we've seen in myeloma," says Nikhil Munshi, MD, director of Basic and Correlative Science at Dana-Farber's Jerome Lipper Center for Multiple Myeloma.

June 28, 2018
Prostate cancer
What is Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer?

Long-term studies of men with low-risk prostate cancer have demonstrated that active surveillance is safe and that a majority of patients can successfully forego surgery or radiation for over 10 years.

June 27, 2018
Immunotherapy , Research , Thoracic Cancer
When is Immunotherapy the Right Treatment for Lung Cancer?

“It has been the holy grail of oncology to develop potentially curative treatments for advanced common solid tumors, and it may now be on our doorstep for at least some patients," says Bruce Johnson, MD, a thoracic oncologist and chief clinical research officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

June 26, 2018
CAR T-cell therapy , Multiple Myeloma , Patient Stories, Adult
CAR T-Cell Clinical Trial Has Multiple Myeloma Patient Back On Her Feet

A year ago, Kelly Lamphere’s multiple myeloma was not responding to treatment, and her legs were so weakened by the cancer in her bones that she relied on a wheelchair and a walker. Today, because of CAR T-cell therapy, Lamphere’s disease is under control—and she can walk unaided again.

June 25, 2018
Breast cancer
What are the Common Subtypes of Breast Cancer?

Profiling the biologic make-up of breast cancer tissue can help doctors determine how well a patient will respond to different cancer treatments and how aggressive the cancer might be.

June 22, 2018

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