Childhood , Leukemias, childhood
What Part Does Genetics Play in Pediatric Leukemia?

Leukemia, which usually occurs because of a mutation — or DNA change — is the most common childhood cancer. Some genetic syndromes can create a predisposition to leukemia, as well as other blood disorders.

April 12, 2018
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Research
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
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Cancer Genetics , Podcasts , Risk and Prevention
Cancer Mythbusters Podcast – Episode #2: Cancer Genetics and Prevention

Despite the fact that cancer survivorship is on the rise, it may seem that cancer is everywhere — and that there’s nothing we can do about it. But are we really powerless to stop certain cancers from coming our way? Or, at least, to lessen the chances of developing those […]

February 24, 2017
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Cancer Genetics , Cancer research
Genetics vs. Genomics: What’s the Difference?

Gene, genetics, genome, and genomics all are derived from a Greek word – gen – meaning birth or origin. Almost every aspect of health and disease is influenced in some way by the inherited information in cells, written in the chemical code of DNA and packaged in distinct units known […]

October 4, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast—Episode #14—The Latest in Genetics and Women’s Cancers

Advances in genetic research may improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of women’s cancers. “More genes are being found and fewer families are having to wonder if there is something genetic that may increase their risk, or future generations’ risk, of developing cancer,” says Judy Garber, MD, MPH, director of […]

July 22, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
How Genetics Can Help Predict — and Sometimes Stop — Childhood Cancers

Amy Kindstedt hates cancer, but the 9-year-old is very thankful for one thing: Because genetic testing on her baby brother Hunter revealed he had the same genetic mutation she did, his cancer was caught much earlier –  possibly sparing him the same level of intense treatment she endured. The mapping […]

February 26, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Cancer research , Care for adults
The Latest in Genetics and Women’s Cancers

Knowledge of genetics and women’s cancers has come a long way in the 20 years since the BRCA1/2 genes were discovered. Scientists are able to identify more genes that can increase risk, leading to better prevention and improved treatment. “One of the most exciting developments is the knowledge that patients […]

October 29, 2015
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Cancer Genetics , Care for adults
Family Ties: Why Genetics Matter

By Christine Hensel Triantos  On a cold winter day in 2002, Sharon Goyette stepped into Dana-Farber’s Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention. She was a 21-year-old college student, and this was the last place she wanted to be. But her mother had insisted. After developing colon cancer, Goyette’s mother had […]

June 10, 2015
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Breast cancer , Cancer Genetics , Cancer research
20 Years After BRCA: What We’ve Learned About Genetics and Breast Cancer

Twenty years ago, scientists announced the discovery of BRCA1, which arguably has become the best-known cancer susceptibility gene in the world. When inherited in a mutated form, the gene sharply increases a woman’s chances of developing breast or ovarian cancer, often at an early age. The discovery has changed the […]

October 31, 2014
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Cancer Genetics , Health Topics
Five Things You Need to Know About Cancer Genetics

Although most cancers are sporadic or occur by chance, a small percentage are due to inherited genetic (or germline) mutations, which can often be identified through genetic testing. These mutations are different from somatic mutations, which are not inherited, but occur during one’s lifetime. Profile, a research project launched by Dana-Farber […]

July 7, 2014
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Breast cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults
Infographic: Breast Cancer and Genetics

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, but only 5-10 percent of breast cancer cases are hereditary. Of those cases, roughly 20-25 percent are linked to mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes (BRCA stands for BReast CAncer susceptibility). View the infographic below for more on the […]

October 28, 2013
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Cancer Genetics , Cancer research , General interest
Managing Cancer Risk: Miss America Contestant’s Decision Puts Genetics and Cancer Center Stage

Win or lose, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose made news with her decision to undergo a double mastectomy. According to the Associated Press, Rose, who lost her mother to breast cancer, inherited a rare genetic mutation which might put her at greater risk for developing cancer. Her decision to have […]

January 12, 2013
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Cancer research , General interest
‘Encyclopedia’ charts genetics of cancer

The Encyclopedia Britannica may have published its last print edition, but a group of Dana-Farber scientists and their colleagues recently produced one of the first encyclopedias to help researchers determine which subtypes of cancer are likely to respond to current drugs. The freely available, online encyclopedia lists hundreds of cancer […]

May 1, 2012
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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
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Cancer research , General interest , Risk and Prevention
5 Things to Know About Early Cancer Detection

Methods of early detection can include cancer screening, which means to search for cancerous cells or tissue when no symptoms are present.

April 25, 2018
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Risk and Prevention
What Causes Cancer? 9 Risk Factors to Know About

Researchers have established some of the main factors that can increase or decrease your overall cancer risk.

April 10, 2018
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Colon Cancer
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

There are a number of steps people can take to reduce their risk of colon cancer, including screening and adjustments in diet and lifestyle.

March 26, 2018
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Ovarian cancer
BRCA and Ovarian Cancer: What’s the Link?

Mutations in BRCA genes are linked to hereditary ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

March 19, 2018
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Breast cancer , Cancer Genetics , Risk and Prevention
How Common are BRCA Mutations?

Harmful BRCA mutations are uncommon in the general population. About one in every 500 women in the United States has either a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.

March 1, 2018
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Breast cancer , Cancer Genetics
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer: What You Should Know

Many factors contribute to increased breast cancer risk for some women — including certain inherited genes. About 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they are the direct result of gene mutations passed on from a parent. Genes are individual units of […]

January 29, 2018
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