Care for adults , Mouth (Oral) cancers , Risk and Prevention
How to Reduce Your Risk of Oral Cancer

Each year, more than 48,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer, which occurs in the oral cavity – lips and cheeks, gums, tongue, floor or roof of the mouth – and the oropharynx, referring to the back of the mouth, the tonsils, and the […]

April 11, 2016
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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
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Childhood , Podcasts , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #7: Life After Childhood Cancer Treatment

While the end of active cancer treatment may bring some relief, it can also bring many questions and anxieties for young patients and their families. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Lisa Diller, MD, chief medical officer of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, discusses topics around fertility, […]

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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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Breast cancer , Health Topics , Integrative Therapies
What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Breast Cancer Patients? [Infographic]

  Breast cancer and its treatment may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, decreased range of motion, and weakness. Exercise and other integrative therapies, including yoga, can ease these symptoms, help patients feel better during treatment, and can be scaled to fit each patient’s unique needs and abilities. “Yoga has […]

April 6, 2016
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Health Topics , Mouth (Oral) cancers , Risk and Prevention
Tips for Quitting Chewing Tobacco

Often associated with professional athletes, smokeless or chewing tobacco is a major risk factor for several cancers, including oral, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer. While “chew” and “snuff” won’t be making their way to ballparks in Boston this baseball season, thanks to a citywide ban at all professional and amateur sporting […]

April 4, 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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Cancer research , Care for adults , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
FDA Approval of Defibrotide Brightens Outlook for Stem Cell Transplant Patients

Patients and Dana-Farber researchers alike welcomed this week’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a new drug for a potentially fatal side effect of stem cell transplants. The approval means patients can receive the drug, defibrotide, as standard therapy for hepatic veno-occlusive disease (VOD) of the liver, a dangerous […]

March 31, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention , Treatments and Procedures
Can Detoxing Regimens and ‘Cleanses’ Fight Cancer?

If you type “detox and cancer” into an Internet search engine, you’ll get an avalanche of websites, articles, products, patient testimonials, and practitioners claiming that cancer can be prevented or even cured by diets or “cleanses” that rid the body of “toxins.” Are these approaches safe? Are they effective? It’s […]

March 30, 2016
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Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Susan F. Smith Center
Voices Podcast – Episode #1: Breast Cancer ‘SoulMates’

When Melissa Angiolillo was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2015, she had all the support of her husband, family and friends. But what she really needed was someone who had gone through what she was about to experience, someone who knew what it was like to face a stage […]

March 29, 2016
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Blood disorders, childhood , Bone marrow failure, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant , Uncategorized
Aplastic Anemia or Dyskeratosis Congenita? Unclear Diagnosis Demands a Difficult Decision

Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is heart-wrenching for all parents, but when the diagnosis itself is uncertain, parents can face excruciatingly difficult decisions. This is what Katie and Josh Stevens of Idaho confronted after their son Riley was diagnosed in October 2012 with the blood disorder aplastic […]

March 28, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children , Coping with Cancer
How Can Social Workers Help Cancer Patients?

A cancer diagnosis affects every area of a person’s life. The journey is both challenging and costly, and many experiencing it for the first time feel lost about how they should handle the changes cancer brings. That’s where social workers step in. “Our role is to help patients think through […]

March 25, 2016
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Cervical Cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #6: Cervical Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention

Although cervical cancer incidence and death rates have decreased thanks to regular screenings, thousands of women in the U.S. are still affected by the disease every year. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Ursula Matulonis, MD, medical director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for […]

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Care for children , Jimmy Fund Clinic
Think Pink: Annual ‘Pig Day’ Brings Smiles to Jimmy Fund Clinic

Bigger and pinker each year, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s annual Pig Party was held on March 4, marking the seventh celebration of a beloved tradition on National Pig Day. “The Pig Party was started by a patient more than eight years go, which is what makes […]

March 24, 2016
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention , Treatments and Procedures
What Are False-Positive Test Results, and What Causes Them?

Tests for the presence of cancer are far from infallible. Sometimes they fail to detect an existing cancer – a false-negative result – but a far more common problem is a false-positive result. These are findings that suggest cancer is present when, in reality, it isn’t. False-positive test results cause patients […]

March 23, 2016
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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
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult , Precision Cancer Medicine
How Precision Cancer Care Saved a Life

Ronaldo de Oliveira was close to death. The 33-year-old father of two young children had been diagnosed with myeloid sarcoma, a rare form of leukemia that worsened despite treatment with six different chemotherapy regimens. His wife pleaded with his oncologist, Richard Stone, MD, director of the Adult Leukemia Program at […]

March 18, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Rectal cancer
What Can I Eat if I Have Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer and its treatments can often impact the way the body digests foods, fluids and absorbs nutrients. For patients and survivors, incorporating healthy, plant-based foods and lean protein into your diet can help your body stay strong and nourished during and after treatment. Many of the side effects of […]

March 17, 2016
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Care for children , Fertility Preservation
Cancer Treatment and Fertility: Acting Now to Have Children Later

This post originally appeared on Notes, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Health Blog. With over 75 percent of children diagnosed with cancer surviving into adulthood, more and more parents ask questions about the quality of life survivors can expect in the future, including: Will my child be able to have children down […]

March 16, 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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