General interest , Health and wellness
How to Minimize Heart Problems Following Cancer Treatment

As more people are surviving cancer than ever before, greater attention is being focused on the cardiotoxicity of therapies and their long-term effects on the heart. Radiation therapy and a number of commonly used chemotherapy drugs can impair heart function, says Anju Nohria, MD, a cardiologist who leads the cardio-oncology […]

June 26, 2017
0
General interest , Survivorship
What Steps Should You Take After Cancer Treatment?

The end of active cancer treatment is a welcome arrival for most patients, but it can also be a time of concern. After seeing doctors regularly for many weeks or months, the transition to a life less cluttered with physician appointments can be unsettling. So what are the best steps […]

June 23, 2017
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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
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Research
Catch Me if You Can: Finding Cancer Cells that Hide in Plain Sight

In the high-stakes contest of hide-and-seek between cancer cells and the human immune system, the advantage doesn’t always lie with the body’s defenders. A new approach to treatment, known as CAR T-cell therapy, may shift that balance of power. Cancer cells conceal themselves from the immune system not by barricading […]

June 21, 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 , Research
Meet the Researcher: Bruce Spiegelman

Cancer patients often lose weight during treatment, which can limit their ability to withstand treatment and their quality of life. How can we fix this – and what role does energy metabolism play in cancer, and health overall? Those are the questions researcher Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, and his team at […]

June 19, 2017
0
General interest , Head and Neck Cancer
For Cancer Survivor, Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk is a Father’s Day in Fall

Father’s Day may be when he says it with a card, but cancer survivor Derik Lampron will feel some of his most profound love and appreciation for his dad, Don, during the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sept. 24. As they cover the famous 26.2-mile course […]

June 16, 2017
0
Care for adults
What Is Chronic GVHD and How Can I Manage It?

Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common and potentially life-threatening complication of stem cell transplants that use donor cells. It arises when the donor’s immune system cells treat the recipient’s body as foreign and raise an attack on certain organs and tissues, most often the skin, mouth, and eyes. The […]

June 15, 2017
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Care for adults , General interest , Health and wellness
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
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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General interest
When Is Weight Loss a Sign of Cancer?

Everyone’s weight fluctuates over the course of life, rising or falling with changes in diet and exercise, and with the normal slowing of metabolism that occurs as we age. When weight loss occurs for no apparent reason – especially if the drop is dramatic – a variety of physical or […]

June 12, 2017
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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
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Adult , General interest
Cancer Survivors Offer Tips to New Patients Starting Treatment

Gaining the wisdom of another’s experience can be invaluable when facing something new – including cancer. Through the SoulMates program at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients can be paired with trained volunteers who have already been through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation or other […]

June 8, 2017
1
General interest , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #4: Then and Now with Neuroblastoma Patient Emily Coughlin

Amy McHugh’s 4-year-old daughter, Emily Coughlin, was a typical kid – playful and inquisitive – until May 2009, when she started complaining of knee pain. After a visit to the pediatrician, and a misdiagnosis of Lyme disease, the family ended up at Boston Children’s Hospital, where they received a devastating […]

June 7, 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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General interest , Health and wellness
Tips for Navigating the Hospital World as an LGBTQ Patient

By Tara Baysol Navigating the health care arena can be especially nerve-wracking for LGBTQ patients, many of whom dread the possibility of awkward encounters, judgmental questions, or outright discrimination. Even if hospitals and other facilities are committed to serving our community, we can still face insensitive interactions that leave us […]

June 5, 2017
1
Cancer research , General interest
What Are Cellular Therapies?

Sometimes called a “living drug,” cellular therapies use a patient’s own immune system cells to rally an attack on cancer. They’re made by removing a specific set of cells from the blood, modifying them in a lab to intensify the immune system’s natural response to cancer, and re-injecting them into […]

June 2, 2017
2
Cancer research , Podcasts
Cancer Mythbusters Episode #5: Cancer Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are scientific studies in which new treatments – drugs, diagnostic procedures, and other therapies – are tested to determine if they are safe and effective for patients. Nearly all cancer drugs in use today were tested and made available to patients through clinical trials, making them a crucial component of […]

June 1, 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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Bladder Cancer , Cancer research , Immunotherapy
How Is Immunotherapy Used to Treat Bladder Cancer?

Although immunotherapy seems like a recent phenomenon, physicians have been using the strategy to treat bladder cancer since 1990, when the BCG vaccine, made from a live but weakened tuberculosis bacilli, was approved for early stage cancer that hasn’t invaded the bladder’s muscular wall. Today, BCG is still the recommended […]

May 30, 2017
2
Brain Tumors , Care for adults , Glioblastoma , Immunotherapy , Patient Stories, Adult
A Brain Tumor Kept at Bay by Immunotherapy

It’s 19 months after being diagnosed with the aggressive brain tumor, glioblastoma, and Andrew Wall is itching to go back to work as a police officer. “Sitting around is not my thing,” says Wall, 53, who hasn’t yet been cleared to return to work as a police officer in Monroe, […]

May 29, 2017
0
Brain Tumors , Brain Tumors , Immunotherapy , Research
Webchat: The Latest in Brain Tumor Research and Care

In honor of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, David Reardon, MD, and Patrick Wen, MD, of Dana-Farber’s Center for Neuro-Oncology, went live on Facebook to answer questions about brain cancer. The doctors discussed advice for brain tumor patients, answered audience questions, and described the difference between the two major categories of […]

May 26, 2017
0
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 […]

0
Cancer Genetics , Cancer research , Colon Cancer , Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer , Ovarian Cancer
New Online Tool Guides Genetic Testing for Lynch Syndrome

A new online assessment tool developed at Dana-Farber can help rapidly identify people who should undergo genetic testing for Lynch syndrome, an inherited disorder that greatly increases the lifetime risk of colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, stomach, and other cancers. An estimated 1 in 279 individuals – nearly a million people in […]

May 25, 2017
0
Brain Tumors , 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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Bladder Cancer , Genitourinary Cancer , Immunotherapy
What Are the Symptoms of Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer accounts for only five percent of new cancer cases in America – a small piece of the pie – but considering it is the fourth most common cancer in men, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this disease. The most common sign […]

0
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
0
Immunotherapy , Research
What Is a PD-L1 Test?

A PD-L1 test helps doctors determine whether a patient is likely to benefit from cancer drugs known as immune checkpoint inhibitors. It involves sending a piece of tumor tissue to a lab for analysis. PD-L1 is a protein that allows some cells to escape an attack by the immune system. Extending […]

May 22, 2017
1
Brain Tumors , Patient Stories, Pediatric
One Family, One Researcher: How Mikey’s Journey is Fueling an Attack on DIPG

This story first appeared on Vector, a blog of Boston Children’s Hospital. “It’s a brutal disease; there’s just no other way to describe DIPG,” says Steve Czech. “And what’s crazy is that there aren’t many treatment options because it’s such a rare, orphan disease.” Czech’s son, Mikey, was diagnosed with […]

May 20, 2017
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Breast Cancer , Cervical Cancer , Gynecologic Cancer , Susan F. Smith Center
Women’s Cancers: What You Should Be Screened For and When

It’s never too early or too late to work toward being your healthiest you. That’s the motto of National Women’s Health Week, an initiative developed to help women of all ages take control of their health. Following proper cancer screenings is an important part of maintaining health and well-being – […]

May 19, 2017
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Childhood , Fertility Preservation , Survivorship
Facing Fertility Issues as a Pediatric Cancer Survivor

In her research studies with young adult survivors of childhood cancers, pediatric oncologist Natasha Frederick, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, explored sexual dysfunction in survivors between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. She found that most of these young survivors reporting such problems keep their concerns from partners, […]

May 18, 2017
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Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Patient Creates ‘Living Art’ for Her Wedding Day

This story originally appeared on Offbeat Bride. By Jordan Kraft “Will you postpone the wedding until after your cancer is gone?” my friend asked the week I was re-diagnosed with lymphoma. My response was so feral it surprised even me: “Honey, come hell or high water, I am motherloving having […]

0
Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases , Patient Stories, Adult , Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant
Battling Cancer: Restructuring and Enjoying Your New Life

By Rich Rothman In September 2013, I had a bone marrow transplant that doctors advised was the only potential cure for a blood cancer known as MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome). Although we lived in New York City, we chose to have the transplant done at Dana Farber because we were impressed […]

May 17, 2017
2
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
0
Brain Tumors , Brain Tumors
What Are the Most Common Brain Tumors?

The brain controls many vital bodily functions – and when a tumor grows into or presses on an area of the brain, it may stop that part of the brain from functioning normally. Nearly 80,000 new cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year, according to […]

May 15, 2017
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Treatments and Procedures
Who Are the Different Nurses on a Cancer Care Team?

Nurses play a critical role in caring for cancer patients. From administering therapies and managing side effects, to preparing patients and families for what to expect, they are often the providers who patients see the most. And because of the range of services they provide, there are often multiple nurses […]

May 12, 2017
0
Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Pregnant with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, This Mom Found Care and Comfort at Dana-Farber

Elizabeth Larcom has six children, but it’s the youngest that she calls her “miracle baby” – and with good reason. In August 1997, the Army moved the Larcom family to Alaska with five kids under 12 and mom Elizabeth pregnant with the sixth. Soon after, husband and dad, Chuck, left […]

May 11, 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 , 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
Caregiving , General interest
As Roles Evolve, Oncology Nurses Share Passion for Care and Education

Dany Hilaire, PhD, RN, will never forget the day she decided to become a nurse. It was one of the saddest of her life. Her father had just died, and his nurses now turned their attention to Hilaire, her mother, and her siblings. “I remember one of them giving me […]

May 8, 2017
0
Brain Tumors , Exercise , General interest , Health and wellness
How Can Exercise Help Patients with Brain Tumors?

For many brain tumor patients, surgery is an important step in the treatment process. While recovering from brain surgery can be a difficult process, your care team will help support you through treatment and guide you through the recovery process. Once a patient is cleared by their care team for […]

May 5, 2017
0
Cancer research , Treatments and Procedures
Can a Tumor Biopsy or Surgery Cause Cancer to Spread?

There’s little reason to worry that a biopsy or other surgical procedure will allow cancer cells to escape and spread within the body, specialists say. “A common patient concern is that biopsies may cause microscopic cells from cancers to metastasize to other parts of the body,” says Thanh Barbie, MD, […]

May 4, 2017
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Breast Cancer , General interest , Male breast cancer , Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #3: Then and Now with Male Breast Cancer Survivor Mike Johnston

When Mike Johnston felt a lump in his chest in 2009, he assumed it was a side effect of a high blood pressure medication. But after a routine doctor’s visit, followed by a mammogram and ultrasound, Johnston’s diagnosis was confirmed: He had male breast cancer. Only 2,000 men in the […]

May 3, 2017
0
Bone Cancer , Cancer research , Patient Stories, Pediatric
How Pediatric and Canine Cancer Similarities Can Help Both Children and Pets

In March 2016, Ollie the pug, a therapy dog at Boston Children’s Hospital, paid a bedside visit to 7-year-old Carter Mock. Both dog and boy lost limbs to osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone. Ollie’s left front leg was amputated at the shoulder. After removing the tumor in Carter’s left […]

May 2, 2017
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General interest , Health and wellness , 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
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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General interest , Podcasts , Risk and Prevention
Cancer Mythbusters Episode #4: Is Cancer Contagious?

A cancer diagnosis can inspire many questions, one of the most common being, “How did I get this disease?” There are a host of different causes, and in many cases, researchers do not have a definitive answer. But is it possible for cancer to spread from person to person? In […]

April 27, 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 , Care for children , Health and wellness , Integrative Therapies
7 Ways Integrative Therapies Help Cancer Patients

Research has shown that integrative therapies can help ease cancer-related symptoms and improve overall quality of life. These therapies range from individual treatments, such as acupuncture, massage, and Reiki, to group programs for movement, meditation, and creative arts. View the slideshow below to learn more about how integrative therapies can […]

April 25, 2017
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Acute lymphoblastic - ALL , Coping with Cancer , Health and wellness , Patient Stories, Adult , Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant
He Lost His Sight to Cancer, But Not His Vision of a Full Life

When Tim Conners collected his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2012 at the age of 18, he was blind from childhood leukemia that had spread to his optic nerve. A football player and wrestler who’d never been an outdoorsman, he asked to meet Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person […]

April 24, 2017
1
Blood Cancer , Cancer research , Leukemias , Lymphomas , Multiple Myeloma , Research , Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant
The Latest Advances Against Hematologic Cancers

Treatment of blood-related, or hematologic, cancers is seizing on insights into the basic genetic wiring of cancer cells and the body’s system for finding and attacking those cells. Research presentations at the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting in December gave evidence of how broad, and rapid, the progress […]

April 21, 2017
2
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
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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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 , Care for adults , Prostate Cancer
Online Tool Offers Guidance for Men with Non-Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Men diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer now have access to a new tool on the TrueNTH USA website to help them prepare for their first meeting with a cancer physician. The tool, called Personal Patient Profile-Prostate (P3P), was created by Dana-Farber researchers and is now available to all men with […]

April 17, 2017
0
Cancer research , Risk and Prevention , Treatments and Procedures
How Does Radiation Raise the Risk of Other Cancers?

Along with chemotherapy, radiation therapy is a common method for treating cancer; about half of patients receive the therapy, which uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells, during the course of their treatment. While radiation therapy is effective against cancer cells, it also leaves its mark on […]

April 14, 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
0
Coping with Cancer , General interest , Palliative Care
Transforming End of Life Care through Communication

Justin Sanders’ path to Dana-Farber’s Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care department has meandered across the world. He grew up in Utah, studied art history in Pennsylvania, medicine in Vermont, and, as a Fulbright scholar, medical anthropology in London before he trained and worked as a family doctor in the Bronx […]

April 12, 2017
1
Breast Cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy: The Pros and Cons

Many women who undergo a mastectomy, either to treat breast cancer or reduce their risk for the disease, are eligible for reconstructive procedures that restore the shape of the lost breast. The choice a woman makes – whether to have reconstruction, what type, and when – is highly personal, and […]

April 11, 2017
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Coping with Cancer , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
On The Other Side

After a cancer diagnosis, people often ask you what the silver lining was, or is. Let’s get real here, cancer is a beast and what I’ve watched it do to my friends and loved ones, and experienced myself, makes it nearly impossible to see any “good.” However, in my personal […]

April 10, 2017
0
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Lung Cancer , Thoracic Cancer
Tips for Dealing with Lung Cancer Stigma

By Allison DiBiaso, LICSW A cancer diagnosis can fundamentally alter a person’s life, and it can often add an unexpected burden: stigma. Lung cancer patients are some of the people who experience this stigma most, as others may look at or treat them differently because of their diagnosis. In some […]

April 7, 2017
0
Cancer research , Precision Cancer Medicine , Treatments and Procedures
What To Know About Precision Cancer Medicine [Infographic]

Precision cancer medicine is an evolving approach to cancer care that personalizes treatment based on each patient’s unique genetic mutations. Since 2011, Dana-Farber has used its Profile research project, in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, to gather adult and pediatric patients’ tumor tissues and detect […]

April 6, 2017
0
Acute lymphoblastic - ALL , Leukemias , Podcasts , Survivorship
Voices Podcast – Season 2 Episode #2: Then and Now with Leukemia Survivor Ben Blaisdell

Ben Blaisdell was a popular 16-year-old when he started experiencing uncharacteristic chills, which led to an anemia diagnosis and, soon after, the surprising news that he had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The two-year treatment was tough on him and his entire family, but Blaisdell says that he wouldn’t change his […]

April 5, 2017
0
Cancer research , Multiple Myeloma
What’s New in Multiple Myeloma? [Webchat]

In a recent Facebook Live webchat, Jacob Laubach, MD, MPP, Clinical Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, discussed the different ways that patients can be treated with multiple myeloma, as well as exciting avenues of treatment, such as combination therapy.

April 4, 2017
2
Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Leukemias , Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative Diseases , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Feeling Lucky in an Unlucky Situation

By all accounts, Annie McNamara was living a typical young adult’s life in 2015. The 26-year-old lived in South Boston with a good friend from college, worked in Duxbury in the retail department of Island Creek Oysters, and liked spending time with her friends and boyfriend, Dan. She wasn’t a […]

April 3, 2017
0
General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Examining the Caring Culture at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s

By Diana Stork, PhD Diana Stork, PhD, has spent much of her career observing, teaching, and writing about interpersonal behavior and organizational culture. After the college-professor-turned-consultant was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2016, she was introduced to a new culture of caring as a patient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham […]

March 31, 2017
0
Diet and Nutrition , Health and wellness
Five Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients [Infographic]

A healthy, balanced diet is an important part of cancer treatment and survivorship. The right foods can promote strength and overall wellness in patients, as well as lower cancer risk. And adopting certain eating habits can also help combat common side effects of treatment, including nausea and weight loss. Here […]

March 30, 2017
0
Care for adults , General interest
A Day in the Life: Dana-Farber Social Workers

For clinical social workers Annette Quinn, MSW, LICSW, and Sara Nemitz, MSW, LICSW, each day is unique. Part of Dana-Farber’s department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Quinn and Nemitz work closely with patients and their families to provide support during treatment, addressing the new anxieties and concerns many patients […]

March 29, 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
Lung Cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Mythbusters Episode #3: Smoking and Lung Cancer

Every time tobacco is inhaled, it creates conditions in the body almost ideally suited to the formation of cancer. So how do experts explain lung cancer in non-smokers – and what are the significant risk factors for lung cancer other than smoking?

March 27, 2017
0
Care for children , Coping with Cancer
Finding Strength and Beauty During Annual ‘Girls Weekend’

For seventeen girls and patients at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Dana-Farber’s annual Girls Weekend – a three-day arts, shopping, and food extravaganza – is a much-needed opportunity to relax and connect with new friends who also know what it’s like to have cancer. “Being a teenager […]

March 24, 2017
0
Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Kidney Cancer
What’s New in Immunotherapy for Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer is one of several cancers that has responded well to immunotherapy drugs, which can free the immune system from restraints that cancer cells can impose on it. The drug nivolumab (Opdivo), for example, which was recently approved, can extend survival in patients with metastatic kidney cancer after other […]

March 23, 2017
0
Care for children , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Lymphoma Patient Gets Back on the Court Post-Treatment

For much of his 17 years, Spencer Riley has lived to play basketball. This winter, his favorite sport helped the teenager get back to life. Riley was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2016 and treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center that summer. He underwent an intensive three-month […]

March 22, 2017
0
General interest , Multiple Myeloma
Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma, also called Kahler’s disease, is a type of cancer that begins in plasma cells – white blood cells that produce antibodies. Plasma cells usually work in the body’s immune defense system and help produce antibodies. In cases of multiple myeloma, however, too many plasma cells build up in […]

March 21, 2017
0
Coping with Cancer , General interest , Health and wellness , Patient Stories, Adult
Social Work Helps David Practice His Passion

Extreme stomach pains sent David Rubinstein to the emergency department in December 2011. After emergency surgery, he was diagnosed with stage IV carcinoid cancer, a rare gastrointestinal tumor – leaving him to grapple with the uncertainty of his future. “I live with the daily fear about what the future holds,” […]

March 20, 2017
0
Cancer Genetics , Care for adults , General interest , Risk and Prevention
Do I Need Genetic Testing to Assess My Cancer Risk?

The vast majority of cancers do not have a strong hereditary link, but for people who have been diagnosed with cancer or have a significant family history of the disease, genetic testing can often shed light on the cause of the disease or an individual’s likelihood of developing it or […]

March 17, 2017
0
Colon Cancer , General interest , Integrative Therapies
Colon Cancer Patient Helps Others Improve Quality of Life

Jeff Sirlin seemed to experience every side effect imaginable when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2010. The active 37-year-old dad and business owner was fatigued, losing weight and strength, and dealing with the psychological effects of his disease. But he didn’t wait long to take action. “I’m the […]

March 16, 2017
0
Care for adults , Kidney Cancer
What Is Kidney Cancer?

Kidney cancer, or renal cancer, is a form of cancer in which cancer cells grow in the tissues of the kidneys. These two bean-shaped organs, located on each side of the body above the waist, are responsible for filtering and cleaning blood, removing waste, and producing urine. Kidney cancer generally […]

March 15, 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
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Gynecologic Cancer , Ovarian Cancer
Gynecological Cancer Patients Find Safety, Solidarity in Support Group

Deb Petrishen says well-meaning but frustrating interactions can occur everywhere, from the grocery store to family functions. Although friends and loved ones are often sensitive and supportive, some may not know what to say to someone with stage III ovarian cancer, especially after two recurrences. Petrishen has just as much […]

March 13, 2017
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