Care for children , Neuroblastoma, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Young Neuroblastoma Patient and Family Make New Home at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s

Bridgette West sparkled last fall in the “Fight Song” music video created by patients at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. But before the 2-year-old became a social media standout with her dancing, she and her family faced challenges that went far beyond a cancer diagnosis. In the summer […]

March 11, 2016
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Metastatic breast cancer , Podcasts , Research , Treatments and Procedures
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #5: What’s New in Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment and Research

Although there is no cure for metastatic breast cancer, new developments in treatment and research are helping patients live longer and experience a better quality of life. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Eric Winer, MD, director of Breast Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers […]

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Brain tumors , Care for adults , Research , Treatments and Procedures
The Latest Research and Treatment for Adult Brain Tumors

Historically, brain tumors have been some of the most challenging types of cancers. A protective barrier around the brain—called the “blood-brain barrier”—can prevent cancer treatments from reaching the tumor. Recently, increased interest in immunotherapy has given new hope to getting through this barrier. “We know the immune system can get […]

March 10, 2016
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Breast cancer , Care for adults
What Is HER2-Positive Breast Cancer?

HER2-positive breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer that affects about 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Around fifty percent of HER2-positive cancers also have hormone receptors for estrogen and/or progresterone. HER2, which stands for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, is a gene in the cancer cell that […]

March 9, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
Patient’s ‘Smile Cards’ Bring Inspiration to Others

When you’re spending days on end in a hospital bed, it’s the little things that can make all the difference. That’s what Jess Moran learned when she spent 30 consecutive days in the hospital in 2014 after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Every day, Moran, then 25, would receive […]

March 7, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
The Best Foods for a Cancer Patient’s Pantry [Infographic]

A pantry stocked with healthy food is an important part of a cancer patient’s treatment; with the right foods, patients can strengthen their immune system, reduce side effects of treatment, and potentially lower risk of recurrence. But which foods are best? Patients should stick to a plant-based diet filled with […]

March 4, 2016
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Cancer research , Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
How Does Alcohol Cause Cancer?

This blog post was originally published on the Cancer Research UK science blog. It is reposted here with minor edits.   In a cabinet in London’s British Museum nestles a 5,300 year-old wedged-shaped tablet called a cuneiform. On its surface is scrawled one of the earliest forms of written language […]

March 3, 2016
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Cancer research , Immunotherapy
What Makes Cancer Cells Different from Normal Cells?

Although they may seem like foreign invaders, cancer cells develop out of normal body cells and tissues. Over a period of years, damage to the DNA of healthy cells disrupts their orderly growth, leading to the formation of malignant tumors. Cancer cells may contain thousands of mutations – alterations in […]

March 2, 2016
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Care for adults , Non-small cell lung cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
How a Car Accident Helped Diagnose Lung Cancer

We all know what to expect following a car accident: insurance claims, whiplash, maybe even a broken bone. Cancer, though? Not so common. For 40-year-old Laura Greco, this is what happened following a collision on a snowy day in February 2015.   If I hadn’t been in the car accident, […]

February 29, 2016
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Cancer Genetics , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
How Genetics Can Help Predict — and Sometimes Stop — Childhood Cancers

Amy Kindstedt hates cancer, but the 9-year-old is very thankful for one thing: Because genetic testing on her baby brother Hunter revealed he had the same genetic mutation she did, his cancer was caught much earlier –  possibly sparing him the same level of intense treatment she endured. The mapping […]

February 26, 2016
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Leukemias , Multiple Myeloma , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #4: The Latest Research in Multiple Myeloma and Leukemia

With new research in immunotherapy and targeted therapy, treatment options for blood cancer patients are rapidly expanding. Combination therapies have also caused much excitement among researchers and physicians, and ongoing clinical trials are continuing to look at new strategies that use multiple drugs for fighting these diseases. In this Cancer […]

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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics
Grass-Fed Beef and Wild Fish: Hype or Healthy Choices?

By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO Do you feel confused, overwhelmed or downright frustrated by the trendy marketing terms used to sell food? You’re not alone! Let’s break down the science, evidence and current recommendations surrounding claims for beef and fish. The most recent report from the World Health Organization […]

February 25, 2016
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Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
How Long Does Radiation Stay in Your Body After Treatment?

Along with surgery and chemotherapy, radiation therapy has long been a mainstay of cancer treatment. It uses high-energy waves or particles such as x-rays, gamma rays, electrons, or protons to destroy or damage tumor cells. Radiation creates small breaks within the DNA of cancer cells, preventing the cells from growing […]

February 24, 2016
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Care for adults , Patient Stories, Adult
For Cancer Survivor, Treatment Is About More Than Just Medicine

By Erin Cummings As a 44-year survivor of childhood cancer, I never would have imagined that patients could be treated in a place as warm and inviting as Dana-Farber. Each time I come for follow-up care, or as a member of the Art and Environment Committee that helps select artwork […]

February 22, 2016
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Care for adults
After Cancer Diagnosis, Dana-Farber Staffer Makes a Platelet Promise

Tim donated platelets a few times during the first two years he worked at Dana-Farber, but his commitment to the life-saving procedure took on new meaning in the summer of 2014. That’s when Tim, then 52, was diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing surgery that July to remove the tumor, he […]

February 19, 2016
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Breast cancer , Care for adults
What Is Hormone-Positive Breast Cancer?

Hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+) is the most common subtype of breast cancer, affecting roughly 65 to 75 percent of breast cancer patients. It is one of several subtypes of breast cancer determined by the presence or absence of estrogen and/or progesterone hormone receptors. When patients are diagnosed with HR+ breast […]

February 18, 2016
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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
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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 children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
For College Athlete-Turned Transplant Patient, Life’s Still a Ball

The first time a stem cell transplant recipient leaves his or her quarantined hospital room marks a significant milestone. In the case of Dana Mendes, this move toward independence included an additional step: chasing a ball through the hallways with a stick. For Mendes, 18, it was a return to […]

February 12, 2016
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Ovarian cancer , Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #3: The Latest in Ovarian Cancer Treatment and Research

Although ovarian cancer can sometimes be difficult to treat, researchers and physicians are finding new ways to approach the disease, making way for promising alternatives to the traditional chemotherapy treatments. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Ursula Matulonis, MD, Panos Konstantinopoulos, MD, PhD, and Susana Campos, MD, MPH, from the Gynecologic […]

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