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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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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Care for adults
Young Dancer Back on the Stage after Lymphoma Treatment

When Lauren Leonard bounces across the stage, she is in perfect harmony with the rhythm of the music. Amongst a group of other dancers, she stands out, moving with tangible energy. Dancing has been an important part of Leonard’s life since childhood. She started taking ballet lessons when she was […]

June 13, 2017
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Care for adults , Care for children , Testicular cancer
Treatment of Testicular Cancer in Young Men

Although cancer most commonly occurs in older people, certain types are more likely to develop in younger individuals. One of the biggest culprits is testicular cancer, which overwhelmingly occurs in younger men, with the average age of diagnosis just 33. The incidence of testicular cancer begins to rise with the onset of […]

April 28, 2017
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest , Leukemias , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Q&A with Young Adult Cancer Survivor Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon, founder of Dear Jack Foundation and front man of the band Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, was diagnosed with leukemia at 22, in the midst of his musical career. Like other young adults with cancer, McMahon’s treatment affected every aspect of his life, from career to relationships and […]

April 13, 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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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Woman with Breast Cancer Finds Reassurance

When Erin’s phone rang the night before her first visit to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, she was surprised to hear the voice of the oncologist she would see the next day: Ann Partridge, MD, MPH. “She called to tell me it was going to be okay,” […]

February 21, 2017
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
VIDEO: How Young Adults’ Identities Change Post-Cancer

Imagine your life ahead of you. You may have seemingly endless possibilities, a carefree attitude, and a sense of immortality that often comes with youth. Then imagine being hit with the unthinkable: a cancer diagnosis. This is the reality approximately 70,000 young adults in the United States face each year. […]

November 16, 2016
2
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Adult Finds Ways to Discuss Death

By Tara Baysol I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 27. Just prior to my diagnosis, I had started a new, exciting chapter as a Yale graduate student. My self-confidence was at an all-time high as I had survived my chaotic early 20s and was […]

August 8, 2016
1
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Cancer Patients Find Community Online

Five hundred miles from her hometown in northern Virginia, newlywed Jeannie Choi, 30, and her husband were settling into to Massachusetts and their new careers in July 2015. Just three months later, their wedding vows – to support each other in sickness and in health – would be put to […]

July 11, 2016
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Fertility Preservation , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Young women with breast cancer
Voices Podcast – Episode #3: Difficult Decisions as a Young Woman with Breast Cancer

Some people may think of breast cancer as a disease that only affects older women. But many young women can and do get breast cancer – just like Maggie Loucks, NP-C, who was diagnosed one week after her 28th birthday. “Hearing the words ‘the lump is malignant’ isn’t really anything […]

May 31, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
More than the Mirror: Body Image and Young Adults with Cancer

Perhaps more than other age group, young adults may feel pressure to look a certain way or conform to a traditional standard of beauty. Add a cancer diagnosis, physical side effects, and damaging treatments, and a young adult’s body image and self-perception can take an even bigger hit. Many young […]

May 11, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health and Wellness
Sex and Cancer: What Young Adult Patients Should Know

Treatment for cancer may cause changes in the way patients feel about their bodies and about sex. Some may feel disconnected from their bodies after chemotherapy, hormone therapy, and surgery, while others undergo major physical changes such as early menopause or erectile disfunction. “If sex is different than it used […]

February 15, 2016
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Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Empowering a Patient: Parenting a Young Adult with Cancer

By Steve Pierce I recently read the Insight blog post, From Pediatric to Young Adult Patient: The Importance of Advocating for Yourself, and I found it very enlightening.  As I read about Jeremy’s experience dealing with cancer as a young adult, it occurred to me that his point of view has a […]

November 19, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
First Day of Cancer Treatment: Young Adult Shares Her Experience [Video]

From understanding medical jargon to experiencing “scanxiety,” entering a cancer center for the first time can be overwhelming. For young adults starting to establish their independence, the experience can be especially intimidating. Having a care team you know and trust, and seeking psychosocial support in the form of counseling or […]

October 1, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
From Pediatric to Young Adult Patient: The Importance of Advocating for Yourself

By Jeremy Pivor I have been living with cancer for half my life: first as a 12-year-old boy, and now as a 24-year-old young adult. In the 12 years since I was diagnosed with a brain tumor, I have been cared for at Dana-Farber, where I am currently receiving treatment […]

September 23, 2015
2
Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
How to Stay Young and in Love as a Cancer Caregiver

By Heather Francis Some people worry when they get married that they won’t be able to handle the challenges of life as a couple. That won’t be a problem for my fiancé and me. Harry and I started dating in April 2011, when I was 24 and he was 25. […]

August 17, 2015
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Care for adults , Health Topics , Young women with breast cancer
Coping with Breast Cancer as a Young Adult

Young women with breast cancer face many unique emotional challenges: They may be in college, dating, starting a career, raising a family, or trying to start one. “Cancer disrupts many aspects of young adulthood such as family planning, careers, relationships, sexuality, and sexual health,” said Karen Fasciano, PsyD, clinical psychologist […]

July 20, 2015
5
General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Uncategorized
Young Adults Share Their Cancer Journeys Through Photos

When Jenn Jackson, a trained physician, was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2011 and found out she could no longer practice medicine, the news was devastating. “Getting this cancer diagnosis changed the whole trajectory of my life,” says Jackson, who was diagnosed at 35, after completing 10 years of medical training. […]

July 17, 2015
1
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
How I Told My Young Children I Had Cancer

By Gabby Spear When my doctor first told me I had breast cancer, there was almost no time to take it in. I called my husband Andy, told him, and then had to go pick up our older daughter, Emma, at after school care. We were going to temple for […]

July 10, 2015
2
Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Adult Shares Tips for Coping with Cancer

By Carolyn Ridge On June 1, 2012, at the age of 30, I was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. The physical toll cancer took on my body was difficult, forcing me into early menopause, but I was even less prepared for the emotional side effects cancer would bring, including […]

June 8, 2015
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Brain tumors , Brain tumors, childhood , Care for adults , Care for children
What Are the Differences Between Adult and Childhood Brain Tumors?

Brain tumors are relatively rare for people of any age, but they can occur in both children and adults. In fact, tumors of the spinal cord and brain are the second most common types of cancer in children, after leukemia. But there are some key differences between brain tumors that […]

May 22, 2015
2
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Dating Advice from Young Adults with Cancer

Navigating the dating world is difficult regardless of one’s age or circumstances. But dating or maintaining a relationship as a young adult living with cancer is particularly tricky. How should you tell a potential partner about your disease, and when? How do you maintain normalcy as a couple when you’re […]

February 13, 2015
1
Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
How Her ‘Cancer Family’ Helped One Young Adult Through Treatment

By Christina Dixon Cancer turned my world upside-down overnight. I had just graduated from college, moved to Boston after finishing undergrad at Washington and Lee in Virginia, and started my dream job on an interest rate derivatives sales desk.  Suddenly, instead of working, spending time with my friends, and playing sports, […]

January 12, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Shifting from Pediatric to Adult Care: Advice from a Survivor

By Catherine MacLean The health care transition from pediatric to adult practitioners is an important process for any young adult, but it is especially critical for cancer survivors. Typically, this transition takes place sometime between ages 16 and 21. I was diagnosed with aplastic anemia at age 4 and had […]

October 20, 2014
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Breast cancer , Care for adults
Five Things Young Women with Breast Cancer Should Know

While the majority of women diagnosed with breast cancer are age 55 or older, about 14,500 women age 45 and younger are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are some facts about breast cancer all young women should know. […]

October 1, 2014
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Google+ Hangout: Coping with Cancer as a Young Adult

Karen Fasciano, PsyD, director of the Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber, recently joined young adults with cancer from across the country for a Google+ Hangout to discuss the challenges of facing cancer as a young person. “Cancer is different when you are building your adult life,” said Fasciano. “[Cancer] can […]

August 8, 2014
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest
Young Adult Patients Bond Over a Shared Diagnosis

By Lisa Belanger and Carolyn Ridge  One of the most challenging aspects of having cancer is finding someone you can relate to. And who better to understand you than another cancer survivor? This is our story of cancer and friendship. Lisa’s Story: I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the ripe age […]

July 18, 2014
2
Breast cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Young Woman with Breast Cancer Finds Dream Team

A young woman in her prime, with a full life and meaningful career, does not expect a cancer diagnosis. But that is what happened to 34-year-old Erin, who received the news when she was in Paris with her mother and sister, on a long-awaited trip to celebrate Mother’s Day.

April 3, 2014
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Cancer research , Care for children
Swim Across America Events Help Fund Research for Young Cancer Survivors

By Melanie Graham During a child’s cancer therapy and recovery process, insomnia can often be viewed as only a side effect in the scope of treatment-related symptoms. However, there are many physical and psychological implications that develop when a child does not sleep well, says Eric Zhou, PhD, a clinical […]

July 10, 2013
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Care for adults
Do Older Adults with Cancer Need Special Care?

Just as Dana-Farber tailors treatment and support to children and young adults, the Older Adult Leukemia Program ̶  a specialized, clinical service  ̶  addresses the other end of the spectrum: adults who are 65 and older, and have blood cancer such as leukemia or other bone marrow disorders.

April 25, 2013
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Six Tips to Help Young Adults Cope with Cancer

By Eric Schuller Getting cancer can be particularly difficult for young adults – classified by the National Cancer Institute as ages 15 to 39. Because the disease is relatively rare in this age group, these younger patients may find themselves isolated – too old to fit easily into childhood cancer programs, and […]

March 26, 2013
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Care for children , Survivorship
Why pediatric survivor programs are so important

In celebration of Living Proof week, Insight honors cancer survivors with daily posts about survivorship.  When Dana-Farber launched its David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic nearly 20 years ago, it was one of the nation’s first programs dedicated to helping childhood cancer survivors. From the beginning, the pediatric survivorship clinic has been guided […]

June 20, 2012
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Care for adults , Caregiving , Young women with breast cancer
What to Say When a Loved One Has Cancer

Empathizing with a cancer patient can be difficult. After all, many people haven’t had the experience of being diagnosed with cancer themselves, so knowing what to say when a loved one tells you about their illness can be tricky. “When someone you love is dealing with something like cancer, there’s […]

May 23, 2017
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Care for children , Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative diseases , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Putting College – and Field Hockey – on Hold for a Bone Marrow Transplant

By Dana Mendes Like many high school students, I was eager to start a new chapter of my life after graduating in 2015. I had committed to play field hockey at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, that fall, and spent the summer working out alongside my new teammates – determined […]

December 23, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Dancing through a Cancer Diagnosis

  By Kara Robbins Stoughton My life with cancer began when I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in August 2014. I’ve since had 24 chemotherapy treatments, six surgeries, 50 gained pounds, seemingly endless conversations about my bowels, and a recurrence that was diagnosed in January 2016. At my […]

September 16, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics , Leukemias , Patient Stories, Adult
Connecting with Nature and Other Patients after Leukemia

By Kathleen Barton When you get diagnosed with cancer, it kicks your butt – both the physical aspects of chemo and the general inertia that comes with this new thing you’re living with. Before my diagnosis, I was active – working, volunteering, exercising, and spending time with friends. Then some […]

July 27, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
From Cancer Researcher to Patient and Back

By Katherine Walsh When faced with something as scary and life-changing as a cancer diagnosis, the way we see the world drastically changes. My story is a literal shift – from cancer researcher to leukemia patient, and a very sick one at that. My world came to a screeching halt […]

May 23, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Treatments and Procedures
How Can Patients Cope with Medical Phobias?

A doctor’s visit can be stressful, but for some cancer patients, the exams and procedures that come with diagnosis and treatment can be especially anxiety-inducing. For some, the mixture of anxiety and a negative experience during a procedure can lead to the development of a medical phobia. For others, the […]

April 7, 2016
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Care for adults , Testicular cancer
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Testicular Cancer

Each year, approximately 8,000 men in the United States are diagnosed with testicular cancer. Testicular cancer occurs when abnormal cells in one or both of the testes begin to grow uncontrollably. While diagnosis of testicular cancer is on the rise, it is highly treatable if caught early. In recognition of […]

April 1, 2016
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General interest , Survivorship
If You Don’t Mind Me Asking — Dating, Post-Cancer

This post originally appeared in the Love U column of the Daily Trojan, the student newspaper of the University of Southern California. By Eva Grant I was talking to Dan on Tinder. A witty back and forth. I’m good at that. We were joking about a Greek myth. “So,” he […]

March 14, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Tips for Starting College During Cancer Treatment

By Stephen Perez Cancer has a way of putting your life on hold and making you prioritize your health, treatments, and your best attempts to not feel sick through the process. While there’s never a good time for this interruption, my diagnosis came at a particularly difficult time: the second […]

January 11, 2016
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Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Realizing Cancer Isn’t Free When You’re Cancer Free

By Samantha Watson I went through cancer treatment twice in my early 20s, diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in December 1999 and secondary myelodysplastic syndrome (pre-leukemia) in April 2001. I had to leave college to go through chemo, surgeries and eventually a bone marrow transplant, and I sat in a hospital […]

October 16, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest , Health Topics , Patient Stories, Adult
Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi Shares His Cancer Experience

With six surgeries, multiple injuries, and many knee problems by the time he was 31 years old, three-time Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi was no stranger to doctors. But when the former New England Patriots player started experiencing stomach pains in May 2007, everything quickly changed. He and his wife, […]

June 26, 2015
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest
Survivor, Hero, Battle: The Complicated Language of Cancer

The language used to talk about cancer often focuses on battle words – those who are cured “won” or “survived,” while those who die from cancer “lost” their “fight.” But is cancer really something to be won or lost? Young adults with cancer discussed these phrases and others during the […]

April 22, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children , Health and Wellness , Treatments and Procedures
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety During Cancer Treatment

Cancer comes with significant stress and anxiety for patients and their loved ones, which can make managing treatment even more difficult. Recently, Karen Fasciano, PsyD, clinical psychiatrist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, joined four patients to discuss their experiences. “Often when we tell ourselves we can’t feel anxious, the […]

March 13, 2015
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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Fertility Preservation
Fertility After Breast Cancer

Young women may think about having children, but when diagnosed with breast cancer, patients often face these decisions long before they thought they would have to. For Maggie Loucks, NP-C, who was diagnosed at age 28, preserving fertility became a major factor in deciding what treatment plan to pursue. “You’re 28-years […]

December 22, 2014
3
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics
Cancer Between the Lines

Young adults often have their sights set on the future, anticipating college, working at their dream job, or traveling. One place they don’t plan to be is in an infusion chair undergoing cancer treatment. Cancer disrupts everyone, but especially adults age 18-34 who are growing into adulthood and starting careers […]

May 23, 2014
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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer , General interest
To Share or Not to Share? That is the Question

One of the most difficult aspects of having cancer is deciding who to tell and when. For young adults who may be attending college, maintaining an active social life, or starting a family, these questions are especially critical. Karen Fasciano, PsyD, and her colleagues in the Young Adult Program at […]

April 9, 2014
2
Care for adults , General interest , Health Topics , Testicular cancer
How Does Testicular Cancer Affect Fertility and Sexuality?

Although there were fewer than 8,000 cases of testicular cancer in the United States in 2013, the disease often creates major concerns about fertility and sexuality for men of all ages.

February 5, 2014
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Contributors

In addition to posts written by Dana-Farber staff, Insight also occasionally features guest posts from patients, family members and others touched by cancer. If you would like to share your thoughts or experiences, please let us know. You can email the blog editors at insight_blog@dfci.harvard.edu. Please include your name, best way […]

February 4, 2013
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Care for adults , Survivorship
Dating again – Tips for cancer survivors

For anyone who’s been out of circulation for a while, re-entering the world of dating can be awkward. It’s extra-challenging for cancer survivors. “Concerns about when to disclose health status, and the feeling that they don’t know how to deal with these questions, make dating relationships more difficult for cancer […]

July 24, 2012
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Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
Life Interrupted: When cancer puts life on hold

Ben O’Clair was a college senior studying for finals when he first felt the twinges of pain in his side. A day later, the 21-year-old was in a hospital learning he had cancer. He left school immediately, moved back to his mother’s house in Holliston, Mass., and began arduous chemotherapy […]

July 10, 2012
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CAR T-cell therapy , Leukemias , Lymphomas , Multiple Myeloma
CAR T-Cell Therapy: Is It Right For You?

CAR T-cell therapy is a cancer treatment in which a patient’s immune system T cells are genetically modified to mount a more effective attack on cancer. To date, the therapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as standard therapy for just two groups of patients. […]

November 7, 2017
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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
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Childhood , Precision Cancer Medicine
MATCHing Precision Medicine to All Kids With Cancer

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. A multi-center clinical trial is now offering nationwide genetic profiling services to pediatric and young adult cancer patients across the U.S. The goal is to identify gene mutations that can be individually matched with targeted drugs. “This is the first-ever nationwide […]

November 1, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Lymphomas
CAR T-Cell Therapy for Lymphoma: What You Need to Know

CAR T-cell therapy, like all forms of cancer immunotherapy, seeks to sharpen and strengthen the immune system’s inherent cancer-fighting powers. It involves treating patients with modified versions of their own immune system T cells ­– white blood cells that help protect the body from disease. The groundbreaking therapy recently became […]

October 30, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
FDA Approves CAR T-Cell Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

A drug called Axicabtagene ciloleucel (KTE-C19) has become the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy approved to treat a form of cancer in adults, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. The decision means the drug, known as Yescarta, can now be used for some adults with refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma […]

October 18, 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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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
0
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
0
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
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
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
0
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
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General interest
Patrice Kelly’s Journey from Jimmy Fund Clinic Mom to Breast Cancer Patient

Charlotte Kelly hated having her chemotherapy port accessed, but her mother, Patrice, found a way to calm the toddler. Each time tears came, Patrice would rub her nose against Charlotte’s – and the pair would get past their fears together. Today the ritual continues, even though Charlotte’s last neuroblastoma checkup […]

June 28, 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
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Care for children
College Student Reconnects with the Oncologist Who Saved Her Life

This post originally appeared on Thriving, the Boston Children’s Hospital blog. Anna Protsiou was 5 when she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2002. She remembers pain, and fruit-scented anesthesia masks that led her to stop eating cherries. She also remembers hospital arts and crafts projects. What she barely remembers is […]

June 20, 2017
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Cancer research , Care for children
An Unclassified Tumor — with a Precisely Targeted Therapy

Early last year, at his home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Jesus Apolinaris Cruz’s leg hurt so much he could barely sleep. “All day, it was constant pain,” the 13-year-old recalls. His parents took him to two local pediatricians, who examined him, drew blood, and tested his platelets. No diagnosis. […]

June 6, 2017
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Brain tumors , General interest , Neuro-oncology
What Factors Increase the Risk of Brain Tumors?

In most cases, the diagnosis of a brain tumor can’t be traced to a particular cause or risk factor. As with many forms of cancer, brain tumor risk increases with age – although tumors can develop in younger people – and men have a somewhat greater risk than women. About […]

May 31, 2017
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Brain tumors, childhood , CAR T-cell therapy , Care for children , Childhood
What’s New in Pediatric Brain Tumor Research and Care?

Mark W. Kieran, MD, PhD, director of Pediatric Medical Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, spoke to pediatric patient families in a recent Facebook Live Webchat addressing pediatric brain tumor care. Kieran answered questions from audience members about the most common of the 300 brain tumor types […]

May 24, 2017
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