Immunotherapy , Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Immunotherapy Gives Retired Dentist and Melanoma Patient a Reason to Smile

For nearly 50 years, Jay Schwab wondered whether the melanoma he survived as a young man would return in a more serious form. When it did, in 2016, Dana-Farber was ready with a revolutionary response. A retired pediatric dentist, Schwab is one of a growing number of Dana-Farber patients thriving […]

May 26, 2017
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Melanoma
Know Your Moles: When You Should Be Concerned about Melanoma

When it comes to skin growths that can lead to melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – Dana-Farber oncologist Elizabeth Buchbinder, MD, stresses the importance of both surveillance and a sense of history. “Moles are formed when skin cells known as melanocytes grow in clusters, and most never […]

May 16, 2017
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Melanoma , Uncategorized
Which U.S. States Have the Highest Rates of Melanoma?

Melanoma is a rare form of skin cancer that typically begins in a mole. It can occur anywhere on the body, and although it is the least common type of skin cancer, it is more likely to spread to other parts of the body and, ultimately, cause death. Within the […]

May 10, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Melanoma
What’s New in Immunotherapy and Melanoma? [Webchat]

Cancer immunotherapy is a kind of cancer treatment that mobilizes the patient’s immune defenses to recognize and attack tumor cells. It is now the treatment of choice for many patients with advanced melanoma, according to Elizabeth I. Buchbinder, MD, a melanoma specialist at Dana-Farber. “Immunotherapy has taken off,” Buchbinder says, “There […]

March 14, 2017
1
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Melanoma , Research
ASCO 2016 Update: Immunotherapy and Melanoma

As one of the hottest topics in cancer research today, immunotherapy took center stage at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, recently sat down with […]

June 15, 2016
1
Melanoma , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #10: Melanoma — What’s the Latest?

Although less common than other types of skin cancer, melanoma is a dangerous disease that can spread rapidly if it is not caught early. In addition to regular self exams, it is crucial to protect yourself from the damaging effects of the sun — regardless of your age, skin color, […]

May 27, 2016
0
Cancer research , Melanoma , Research
The Cell that Caused Melanoma: Cancer’s Surprise Origins, Caught in Action

This post originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog. It’s long been a mystery why some of our cells can have mutations associated with cancer, yet are not truly cancerous. Now researchers have, for the first time, watched a cancer spread from a single cell […]

February 17, 2016
2
Cancer research , Melanoma , Treatments and Procedures
What Is CTLA-4 and How Does it Work in Treating Metastatic Melanoma?

Since the early 2000s, when Dana-Farber scientists discovered that many cancer cells carry “checkpoint” proteins that ward off an immune system attack on tumors, a great deal of research has focused on the development and testing of agents capable of blocking those proteins. In many patients, such agents have sent […]

December 15, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy , Melanoma
Remission of Jimmy Carter’s Melanoma Shows Potential of Immunotherapy for Cancer

Former President Jimmy Carter’s announcement earlier this week that he is free of the melanoma that had spread to his liver and brain may be the highest-profile example yet of the promise of a new form of cancer treatment that unleashes an immune system attack on the disease. Carter, 91, […]

December 11, 2015
1
Melanoma , Risk and Prevention , Uncategorized
Does Having More Moles Increase My Risk of Melanoma?

Moles are benign growths on the skin that sometimes become cancerous. But what exactly is the connection between moles and melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer? While it’s true that people with many moles should be screened more frequently by a dermatologist, scientists are learning that the mole-melanoma connection isn’t […]

December 3, 2015
0
Melanoma , Treatments and Procedures , Uncategorized
FDA Approves Targeted Therapy Combination for Melanoma

Just over a month after approving a first-of-its-kind combination therapy for advanced melanoma, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has signed off on another drug combination to treat the disease. The FDA has approved a targeted therapy combination, Cotellic (cobimetinib) and vemurafenib, to treat advanced melanoma that has spread […]

November 14, 2015
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Melanoma , Research
FDA Approves Immunotherapy Drug Combination for Melanoma

This blog post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research. By Karen Honey, PhD Last week, new ground was broken in the field of cancer immunotherapy when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first cancer treatment to combine […]

October 6, 2015
0
Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Melanoma
What Is the Link Between Diet and Melanoma?

By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD When it comes to sun safety, lathering on sunscreen, sporting broad-brimmed hats and staying in the shade surely come to mind. But diet may also play a key role in the prevention of skin cancer and melanoma. Here is some information on the emerging research […]

June 29, 2015
3
Care for adults , Health Topics , Melanoma
Melanoma – What’s the Latest?

Sun safety applies to everyone, regardless of skin color, gender, or age. That was the message emphasized in a recent live video webchat with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) dermatologist Jennifer Lin, MD. During the chat, Lin answered questions about the latest in melanoma treatment and prevention. “The bottom […]

June 11, 2015
0
Care for children , Childhood , Melanoma , Risk and Prevention
Can Kids Get Melanoma? What Parents Need to Know

Although melanoma is more commonly found in adults, childhood and adolescent melanoma affects approximately 300 children in the U.S. each year. Thankfully, the incidence rate has started to decrease in recent years. While melanoma is the least common type of skin cancer in adults, skin cancer in children is almost always […]

May 27, 2015
0
Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy
Promising Research Developments Stir Hopes for Melanoma, Lung, Breast and Ovarian Cancer

The growing excitement about the potential of immunotherapy treatments for cancer continued at the 2015 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), one of the largest cancer research meetings of the year. Several Dana-Farber investigators presented encouraging results of immunotherapy for melanoma, lung cancer, and breast cancer. F. […]

April 24, 2015
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Melanoma
Keytruda: New Immunotherapy Drug for Melanoma Wins FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new type of  immunotherapy drug that will provide a much-needed option for patients with advanced or inoperable melanoma who no longer respond to other drugs – including the immunotherapy agent ipilimumab (Yervoy). The drug, pembrolizumab or MK-3745, will be marketed under the name  Keytruda. Based on […]

September 5, 2014
4
Health Topics , Melanoma
Can Melanoma Affect Any Skin Type?

Melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, gets its name from the pigment-producing cells called melanocytes from which tumors can develop. These cells manufacture the dark pigment, melanin. When a human develops these cells, they populate not only the skin, but also other organs including the back of the eye and the […]

August 18, 2014
0
General interest , Health Topics , Melanoma
What are the Most Common Sites for Melanoma? [Infographic]

Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, results from an interaction between the genetics of the individual and damage to DNA from external factors. In the case of melanoma, most of the environmental damage is due to exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. The cancer develops in the […]

July 16, 2014
1
Cancer research , Research
ASCO: New Advances in Ovarian, Prostate, Lung and Melanoma Treatment

“Science and Society” was the theme of this year’s American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 50th annual meeting. The meeting showcased  cancer research from around the world. Some new findings from Dana-Farber researchers included: Joyce Liu, MD, MPH, of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers reported that, in […]

June 25, 2014
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General interest , Health Topics , Melanoma , Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
What’s the Difference Between Melanoma and Skin Cancer?

Many people consider skin cancer to be synonymous with melanoma. As May marks Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, it is important to understand that melanoma is only one type of skin cancer; other forms of the disease are less aggressive and more common. Melanoma is the rarest form of […]

May 14, 2014
4
Care for adults , Health Topics , Melanoma
Melanoma: Five Things You Need to Know

Although skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, melanoma accounts for less than 2 percent of all skin cancer cases. The disease, which will be diagnosed in around 76,000 Americans in 2014, is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. Melanoma begins in the melanocytes, which […]

May 5, 2014
1
Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health Topics , Melanoma
Can Drinking Increase Risk of Malignant Melanoma?

It’s well known that excessive sunning and sunburns can foment the development of malignant melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer. Now, in a preliminary study, scientists have suggested that drinking alcohol may be an added risk factor for the disease.

March 14, 2014
0
Cancer research , Melanoma , Treatments and Procedures
Research Report: New Treatments for Melanoma

by Richard Saltus As recently as five years ago, progress in treating life-threatening malignant melanoma was slow. Since then, several molecularly targeted drugs have burst on the scene, and new strategies for awakening the immune system to attack the cancer cells have yielded dramatic long-term survival benefits for some patients. […]

November 18, 2013
5
Care for adults , Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
A Talk with Sam Donaldson, Melanoma Survivor

“I don’t believe that optimism can cure cancer, but I do believe one’s general health around the edges can make a difference.” Sam Donaldson, ABC News contributor, learned he had melanoma in 1997. Despite his diagnosis, he opted to stay positive and learn all he could about his disease. Now chairman […]

June 4, 2012
0
Health Topics , Melanoma
The Truth About Melanoma & Skin Cancer: Facts & Common Myths

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Often caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays in sunlight, melanoma accounts for only 4 to 5 percent of skin cancer cases, but is responsible for most skin cancer-related deaths. When detected and treated in its earliest stages, however, melanoma is often curable. The […]

April 26, 2012
56
Blood disorders, childhood , Immunotherapy , Uncategorized
CRISPR Enables Cancer Immunotherapy Drug Discovery

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. A novel screening method using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology has revealed new drug targets that could potentially enhance the effectiveness of PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors, a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy. The method, developed by a team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and […]

November 30, 2017
0
Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic Cancer: What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Pancreatic tumors are sometimes discovered during imaging studies — such as an MRI or CT scan — performed to investigate the onset of new symptoms or during evaluation for another condition. They may also be identified during screening for families with a known history of pancreatic cancer. The pancreas produces […]

November 28, 2017
0
Cancer Genetics , Immunotherapy , Precision Cancer Medicine
Treating Cancer by Location or Genetic Markers: Which is Better?

In the past, treating cancers involved classifying them primarily by the organ or tissue where they arose – like the skin, the lungs, the breast, or the colon. Today, it’s often possible to identify the genes and proteins responsible for a tumor’s growth, and, in some cases, to offer a […]

November 13, 2017
0
Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Psychosocial Care Helps Amy through Cancer’s Mental Side

Cancer can feel like a slog — not just a physical one, but an emotional one, too. That’s how 56-year-old business owner Amy Macdonald describes the past year and a half living with metastatic melanoma. “The biggest changes in my life are the consequences of the treatment – fatigue, body […]

November 8, 2017
0
Bladder cancer , Breast cancer , CAR T-cell therapy , Childhood , Colon Cancer , Hodgkin lymphoma , Immunotherapy , Kidney cancer , Liver cancer , Melanoma , Prostate cancer
Cancer Treatment: A Look at How It Has Evolved in 70 Years

In 1947, when Dana-Farber Cancer Institute founder Sidney Farber, MD, set out to find a drug treatment for childhood leukemia, cancer treatment took two forms – surgery to cut out cancerous masses, and radiation therapy to burn them out. Cancers that couldn’t be removed or irradiated – either because of their […]

November 3, 2017
0
Metastatic breast cancer
Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer

In early 2015, Kim Delling had put her 2009 bout with breast cancer behind her. Then, at a routine checkup, her doctor ordered an additional test. “I knew something was up,” recalls Delling, a 50-year-old real estate agent in Wilmington, Mass. The cancer had come back. It had spread to her lungs, […]

October 27, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer?

Immunotherapy refers to treatments that use the body’s own immune system to combat diseases. While no immunotherapy drugs are currently approved for breast cancer, clinical trials at Dana-Farber and elsewhere are exploring the effectiveness of these drugs — and whether they could work in combination with other cancer therapies. “I […]

October 26, 2017
0
Cancer research , Endometrial (Uterine) cancer
Human Touch Surgeries, New Therapies Brighten the Picture in Endometrial Cancer

Although she had been fully prepped on what to expect, Barbara Losordo was a bit surprised at the ease and speed of her recovery from surgery for endometrial cancer. Discharged from the hospital the same day she had undergone the procedure, she needed no pain medication afterward. Within a week, she […]

October 18, 2017
1
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
0
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
1
Immunotherapy , Ovarian cancer , Uncategorized
Ovarian Cancer and Immunotherapy: An Update

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 cancer cells, have produced remissions in about 10-15 percent of patients with advanced and […]

September 8, 2017
0
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
0
Metastatic breast cancer , 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
1
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
0
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
3
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
Cancer research , Immunotherapy
In Check: Attacking Cancer from Many Fronts

As a pediatric dentist, Jay Schwab had a clear-cut enemy: dental disease in children and adolescents, and the apprehensions they faced in the dental environment. Cavities could neither hide from his drill nor fool his X-ray machine, and plaque could easily be scraped away. Generations of patients went away smiling […]

June 27, 2017
0
General interest
Which States Have the Highest Rates of the World’s Most Common Cancers? [Infographic]

The most common type of cancer in the United States is breast cancer, with more than 255,000 new cases expected in 2017, according to a report by the American Cancer Society. This is followed by lung cancer, with 222,500 new cases expected in 2017; and then prostate cancer, which is […]

June 22, 2017
1
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
1
General interest
What’s the Difference between Chemotherapy Drugs and Antibody Drugs?

Both chemotherapy and antibody agents are used in the treatment of cancer. In its broadest definition, cancer chemotherapy refers to any drug that destroys cancer cells or slows their growth and reproduction. As the “chemo” in their name suggests, however, true chemotherapy agents consist of chemicals that kill fast-growing cancer […]

June 9, 2017
0
Cancer research , General interest , Immunotherapy
The Progress of Cancer Immunotherapy: The Tip of the Iceberg

If the human immune system was a powerful racing car, you could say that scientists in the past few years have gained unprecedented control over how to make it accelerate, and what causes it to slow or stop. This knowledge has spawned new immunotherapy drugs that are delivering dramatic benefits […]

May 9, 2017
2
General interest , Health Topics , Melanoma , Risk and Prevention
When Should I See a Dermatologist?

Skin cancer is very common – one in five Americans will develop the disease at some point in their lifetime. Usually, it is caused by overexposure to the sun and harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, such as those in tanning beds. Melanoma – the least common but most dangerous form of […]

May 1, 2017
1
Cancer research , Care for adults , Head and Neck Cancer , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer?

For patients with advanced head and neck cancers, immune-based therapies have started to show results against these hard-to-treat tumors. Two immunotherapy drugs were approved in 2016 for use when standard treatments failed, and many other agents are being tested in clinical trials. Immunotherapies work by enhancing the body’s natural defenses […]

April 20, 2017
0
Acute myeloid - AML , Blood Cancer , Coping with Cancer , General interest
Doctor and Nurse Team Up for Blood Cancers Support Group

By Ronni Gordon When my year of isolation ended after a stem cell transplant at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in 2003, I looked for a blood cancer support group near my home in western Massachusetts. I found support groups for just about everyone except patients like me with acute […]

April 18, 2017
0
Cancer research , Hodgkin lymphoma , Immunotherapy , Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
New Immunotherapy Therapy Approved for Lymphoma Patients

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new kind of immunotherapy drug for adults and children with classical Hodgkin lymphoma who have relapsed after three or more prior lines of therapy. The approved drug, pembrolizumab (Keytruda), is part of a class of immunotherapy drugs called checkpoint inhibitors that block […]

March 28, 2017
0
Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How to Educate Kids About Cancer Prevention

While not all cancers can be prevented, there are a number of strategies and techniques to help reduce cancer risk, even for those with inherited cancer genes. It’s important to start implementing healthful habits early in life, and as a parent, to educate kids about the importance of cancer prevention. […]

February 14, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Research
Can a Serum Biomarker Predict Response to Immunotherapy?

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, a blog from the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). By Srivani Ravoori, PhD Immunotherapy, particularly a class of immunotherapeutics called immune checkpoint inhibitors, has transformed the treatment of several types of cancer in recent years. So far, the U.S. Food and […]

January 26, 2017
1
Cancer research , Research
Why Is It Difficult to Pinpoint the Exact Cause of a Person’s Cancer?

A diagnosis of cancer always comes as a shock, and the patient naturally asks the physician, why did this happen? Is it something I did or didn’t do, or did I inherit it, or were chemicals in the environment to blame? “Why patients develop cancers is not well known,” explains […]

January 23, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Precision Cancer Medicine , Research , Risk and Prevention
Experts Forecast Cancer Research and Treatment Advances in 2017

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research. It was originally published Jan. 10, 2017. By Srivani Ravoori, PhD As we step into 2017, a big question looming in the minds of all stakeholders in the cancer research arena is: […]

January 10, 2017
0
Brain tumors, childhood , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Uncategorized
Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients Find Success with Targeted Drug

  At first, early intervention specialists told Christi Powers that her young son’s gross motor delays and poor balance were likely the result of weak muscle tone, but when Danny developed severe headaches at age 4, she took him to the emergency room. Soon the suburban Boston boy was diagnosed […]

December 13, 2016
0
Cancer research , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Immunotherapy , Pancreatic cancer
Can Immunotherapy Help Patients with Pancreatic Cancer?

Patients with pancreatic cancer often ask Dana-Farber’s Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, about immunotherapy, the rising star of cancer treatment that’s making impressive gains against many types of malignancies. Immunotherapy drugs, which mobilize the patient’s immune defenses to recognize and attack tumor cells, have worked against lethal cancers such as melanoma […]

November 30, 2016
0
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
The Truth About Cancer, Fear, and Living

By Samantha Lozier I never truly realized how complicated cancer could be until I had to face it head on. Part of what makes it so complex, I’ve found, is that illness or not, we still have that inner “gremlin” inside all of us that tells us to care what […]

November 23, 2016
0
General interest , Research , Risk and Prevention
Is Cancer Contagious?

While some may wonder, cancer is not contagious; a healthy person cannot catch cancer from a person who has the disease, nor can it be spread by close contact with a cancer patient. Cancer cells are far different from infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. A cancer cell is […]

November 9, 2016
1
Bladder cancer , Cancer research , Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy Beats Chemotherapy for Advanced Bladder Cancer Patients

The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is the first therapy of any kind to improve survival in patients whose metastatic bladder cancer worsened after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Keytruda proved so much better than chemotherapy in this “second-line” use that an international clinical trial was halted when the advantage became apparent. […]

October 21, 2016
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Research
What’s New in Cancer Immunotherapy?

Keeping up with progress in the field of cancer immunotherapy requires paying close attention. The number of approved drugs that help the body’s immune system fight cancer continues to grow, as does the list of different cancers in which immunotherapy is proving effective – in some cases yielding dramatically longer-lasting […]

September 27, 2016
1
General interest , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Is Itching a Sign of Cancer?

Itchy skin has many causes, including dryness and allergies, but only rarely does it signal that a person has cancer. This symptom may occur as a result of complications of the disease, and itchy, flaky skin and rashes are common side effects of some cancer drugs. Most skin cancers, such as […]

August 25, 2016
6
Cancer research , Research , Risk and Prevention
How Does Cancer Spread?

Cancer is most dangerous when it has spread, or metastasized, from its original site in the body. A tumor that began as an isolated mass – often treatable by surgery and/or radiation therapy – can become a dispersed, much more difficult to treat, malignancy. For cancer to spread, several steps […]

August 10, 2016
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Susan F. Smith Center , Treatments and Procedures
Fighting Women’s Cancers from Within

Traditionally, the war on cancer has been waged from the outside in, with therapies such as surgery, radiation, and drugs entering the body from external sources. For more than 100 years, however, a notion has persisted that the most formidable tool against cancer may come from within: the immune system. […]

June 27, 2016
0
Care for adults , Research , Risk and Prevention
What Are the Most Common Cancers in Men?

Information about cancer risk can help you make informed decisions about screening and prevention strategies. As we recognize National Men’s Health Week, learn about the most common cancers in men in the United States and the options for prevention and treatment. 1. Prostate cancer There will be an estimated 180,890 new […]

June 13, 2016
0
Cancer research , Care for adults
A Behind the Scenes Look at the People Helping to Usher in New Cancer Therapies: A Nurse’s Story

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Impact. By Joan Lucca, RN, MSN Nearly four decades ago, I became a nurse and dedicated my life’s work to the care and comfort of patients. The ‘70s was a decade of change and opportunity as doors began to open for women in emerging […]

May 17, 2016
0
Exercise , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How Does Exercise Reduce Cancer Risk?

This much is known: A sedentary lifestyle raises the risk of cancer, while physical activity – even moderate exercise – can reduce the risk not only of developing cancer but having a recurrence following treatment. What’s not so clear is exactly why. “It’s still a little unknown,” says Jeffrey Meyerhardt, […]

May 13, 2016
1
General interest , Health Topics , Research
What Are the Most Common Cancers in Women?

While there is no sure method for avoiding cancer, understanding risk factors can help you make decisions about prevention and screening for early signs of disease. As we recognize National Women’s Health Week, here’s a look at the five most common cancers in women* and steps you can take to […]

May 9, 2016
0
Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #1: Family Dynamics

No one wants to give their kids bad news, and it’s hard to imagine worse than telling your kids you have cancer. For lymphoma survivors Gina Johnson and Connie Grayson, the challenge was greater, because they not only had their own kids to tell, but as teachers, they also had […]

May 3, 2016
0
Risk and Prevention , Skin cancers (non-melanoma) , Uncategorized
Find Skin Cancer Early: Know Your ABCDEs [Infographic]

With an estimated 8,500 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the U.S. every day, it is important that you not only protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays, but also regularly check your skin for anything out of the ordinary. While freckles and moles are often harmless, it is […]

May 2, 2016
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy
How Scientists Aim to Expand Immunotherapy Options for Cancer Patients

This post also appeared on the NERD (Novartis Explores Research & Development) blog. By Eric Bender Fighting cancer with immunotherapy has revolutionized treatment for some patients. Emphasize “some.” For most patients, drugs targeting the immune system to attack their tumors aren’t an option. This could change in the near future. […]

April 14, 2016
0
Care for adults , Caregiving , Patient Stories, Adult
Support Group Provides Lifeline for Cancer Caregiver

By Bob Ferris I thought I could handle things myself when my wife, Ruth, got cancer – and for a while I did. Six years ago, at age 52, Ruth was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. She has a family history of ovarian and endometrial cancers, and was always […]

April 8, 2016
1
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Rectal cancer
Can We Treat Colorectal Cancer With Immunotherapy?

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). It is posted here with minor edits. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. About 134,490 people are estimated to be diagnosed with and about 49,190 are expected to die from colorectal […]

March 21, 2016
0
Cancer research , Care for adults , Immunotherapy , Treatments and Procedures
What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?

New drugs that stimulate the patient’s immune system to attack tumors have achieved some dramatic and long-lasting benefits in several forms of cancer. A few drugs are already approved for wide use and many more are in the research pipeline. Because these immunotherapy agents work differently than chemotherapy, the side […]

February 10, 2016
6
Cancer research , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Precision Cancer Medicine
In Precision Medicine, Pioneering Young Patient Teaches Veteran Doctor

Allison Schablein seems an unlikely candidate to teach medicine to Mark Kieran. She’s an 8–year-old New Hampshire second grader who loves basketball, hip hop, acrobatic dancing and jewelry. He’s a pediatric neuro-oncologist with a PhD in molecular biology, not to mention decades of clinical and research experience. But teach Kieran, […]

January 28, 2016
0
Cancer research , Cervical Cancer , Immunotherapy
Targeted Therapy, Immunotherapy Among Top Research Areas for Cervical Cancer

Cancers of the cervix are diagnosed in more than 12,000 women in the United States every year. Worldwide, the annual tally of new cases reaches more than half a million. The biggest advance against the disease in recent years has come in the area of prevention. Vaccination against the human […]

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