Care for adults , Diet and Nutrition , Gastrointestinal Cancer
What to Eat When You Have Gastrointestinal Cancer

Maintaining a healthy diet is important during all stages of cancer treatment. But, for some gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients, keeping up with a nutritious and well-rounded diet can be especially difficult. During treatment, patients with GI cancer may struggle with digestive problems, like constipation and diarrhea, along with the common […]

March 11, 2015
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Colon Cancer
Healthy Diet, Exercise Improve Survival in Colorectal Cancer

A diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight can improve the five-year survival rate for patients with stage III colorectal cancer, according to a new report from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers.

June 13, 2018
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Patient Stories, Adult , Sarcoma
A Test, a Targeted Drug, and a Lengthened Life for Cancer Patient

One doctor had initially forecast that Acra Samuels had no more than six months to live. Targeted treatment through Dana-Farber has almost certainly extended her life significantly.

June 7, 2018
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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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Gastrointestinal Cancer
What’s New in Colorectal Cancer Treatment and Research?

Colon and rectal cancers, which usually arise in the form of growths called polyps, affect the gastrointestinal tract.

April 26, 2018
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Colon Cancer
Nuts and Colon Cancer: What’s the Link?

Research shows that consuming nuts reduces the risk of colon cancer recurrence and death, but scientists are still examining why.

April 16, 2018
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Colon Cancer , Health Topics
What is the Relationship Between Gut Microbes and Cancer?

Gut microbes perform a variety of functions that are essential to health — and the relationship between gut microbes and cancer is just beginning to be explored scientifically.

March 29, 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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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Probiotics: Can They Help Cancer Patients?

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that we introduce into our microbiome, or digestive system, to boost the healthy bacteria that already lives there.

February 16, 2018
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Can Exercise Reduce the Risk of Cancer Recurrence?

Exercising, even at a moderate level, is one thing cancer survivors can do to lower the odds of cancer recurrence.

February 7, 2018
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Brain metastases , Colon Cancer , Lung cancers , Pancreatic cancer
Is Nausea a Sign of Cancer?

Nausea and cancer are often related in that nausea can be a side effect of treatment, but can nausea be a symptom of cancer itself? If there is a tumor that lives in the colon, esophagus, stomach, or somewhere else in the bowel, it can cause a bowel obstruction. A […]

December 15, 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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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 […]

August 3, 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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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
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Pancreatic cancer , Precision Cancer Medicine
Attacking A Weak Point in Pancreatic Cancer’s Defense

In the fall of 2015, at the age of 44 – young for a person to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer – Doron Broman was stunned to learn he had a large tumor on his pancreas that had metastasized to the liver. Facing only months to live, Broman would find […]

April 26, 2017
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Care for adults , Esophageal cancer
Signs and Symptoms of Esophageal Cancer

Esophageal cancer forms in tissues that line the esophagus – the hollow, muscular tube that moves food and liquid from the throat down into the stomach. While relatively uncommon in the United States, esophageal cancer is often challenging to diagnose and treat, as it usually doesn’t cause symptoms until the […]

April 19, 2017
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Care for adults , Colon Cancer
Five Things To Know About Colon Cancer

Colorectal cancer forms in the tissues of the colon, which is part of the large intestine. Colon cancer incidence in the United States is declining rapidly overall, but is increasing among young adults, according to a new study from the American Cancer Society. Here are five things to know about colon cancer […]

March 7, 2017
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Care for adults , Colon Cancer , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Risk and Prevention
Colon Cancer on the Rise in Young Adults

Christina Crespi experienced extreme fatigue, weakness, and bowel changes for two years before doctors determined the cause of her symptoms: colon cancer. At 27, after many doctors’ visits, she was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer. She found the diagnosis “mind-blowing.” For Kara Stoughton, it was constipation that brought her […]

March 1, 2017
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Cancer research , Risk and Prevention
Firefighters and Cancer: Dana-Farber Scientists Investigate

A fire truck pulls into the truck bay and idles for a minute or two as a firefighter attaches tubing to filter the exhaust out of the station. The firefighter’s face may be close to the exhaust for 30 seconds while the tubing is attached. It’s a routine task, one […]

February 27, 2017
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