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Why Does Cancer Risk Increase As We Get Older?

Age is the biggest single risk factor for cancer. Risk increases significantly after age 50, and half of all cancers occur at age 66 and above. According to the National Cancer Institute, one quarter of new cancer diagnoses are in people aged 65 to 74. The median age of diagnosis […]

June 23, 2016
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How to Manage Finances During Cancer Treatment

by Rick Ringerman, CFP  Financial worries can be hard enough when you’re healthy, but dealing with finances during cancer treatment is especially difficult. During treatment, your or your family’s income may drop and your expenses will likely increase. I have overseen the Dana-Farber Pro Bono Financial Coaching Program since 2008 […]

June 21, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Individualized Clinical Trial Gives Patient with Rare Cancer Time to Celebrate

Kerri Antonuccio marked her 40th birthday this spring with a fresh lease on life. For the first time since 2012, she didn’t feel too sick from cancer treatment to enjoy her big day. She was also able to travel to Mexico and serve as matron of honor at her sister’s […]

June 20, 2016
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Care for adults
Facing Forward After Breast Cancer

After more than a year of chemotherapy and radiation, Pamela Gasek was finally cancer free. She had completed treatment for breast cancer, but now she had to decide how to move forward. Breast cancer remission brings new challenges such as managing relationships and dealing with lasting side effects from treatment, […]

June 14, 2016
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What Are the Most Common Cancers in Men?

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

June 13, 2016
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Choosing a Clinical Trial for Metastatic Breast Cancer

When facing a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer, patients often have many questions about clinical trials: Is a clinical trial right for me? When is a good time to consider a clinical trial? What types of treatments might be available? While there may be many questions about the process, the […]

June 9, 2016
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What Is the Best Diet for Someone with Oral Cancer?

Side effects from oral cancer and its treatment can make it challenging to eat essential nutrients that can maintain strength and support recovery. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, shares strategies for reaching your nutritional goals:   Eat small meals often Have six […]

June 8, 2016
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Chemo or no Chemo, Every Cancer Patient Deserves Support

By Lyndsay McCaffery When you find out you have cancer, your mind goes to a million different places. You have an endless amount of questions, an overwhelming sense of panic, and life as you know it is changed forever. I was diagnosed with parosteal osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, […]

June 3, 2016
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Why Is Liver Cancer on the Rise?

There was mostly good news in the most recent annual government report on cancer trends in the United States: Overall death rates, which have been dropping since the early 1990s, continued to decline between 2003 and 2012. But the report focused on a disturbing exception: The death rate for liver […]

June 2, 2016
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What Is the Blood-Brain Barrier and How Does it Affect Brain Tumor Treatment?

The blood-brain barrier surrounds the brain and prevents harmful toxins and bacteria in the blood stream from entering the vital organ. What evolved as a life-saving defense, however, also blocks many drugs from reaching the brain, creating a major problem in treating brain tumors. The blood-brain barrier is formed by […]

May 30, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults
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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How to Reduce Metallic Tastes During Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can affect how your taste buds interact with different flavors, changing the way you experience certain food. A recurring metallic taste while eating or drinking water is one of the most common taste changes reported by patients. Although this symptom typically subsides after treatment ends, Dana-Farber […]

May 20, 2016
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Does Breast Density Affect Cancer Risk?

While most women may understand genetic and lifestyle risks for breast cancer, many do not realize that breast density also plays a significant role in breast cancer risk. Breasts are considered dense if they are mostly made up of glandular and fibrous tissue and not much fat. Breast density can […]

May 18, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults
A Behind the Scenes Look at the People Helping to Usher in New Cancer Therapies: A Nurse’s Story

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

May 17, 2016
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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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Nurses Value Strong Bond with Patients and Colleagues

They arrived at their profession – and to Dana-Farber – on different paths, but nurses Jade Callender, RN, BSN; Jane Goldie, RN; Kaitlen Reyes, DNP, FNP; and Courtney Shea, RN, BSN, share a passion for oncology nursing. In honor of National Nurses Week May 6-12, the four share what they […]

May 6, 2016
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Care for adults
What Is Lynch Syndrome?

Lynch syndrome, also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC), is the most common hereditary form of colorectal cancer. In the United States, about 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed each year and approximately 3 to 5 percent of these cancers are caused by Lynch syndrome. Individuals with Lynch […]

May 5, 2016
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How Do I Know My Risk for Breast Cancer Recurrence?

After completing treatment for breast cancer, many patients may focus on their risk of recurrence. While this risk is individualized, there are certain factors your doctor may consider to determine whether you are at a higher or lower risk for the cancer returning. “Each person’s breast cancer diagnosis is different, […]

May 4, 2016
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Worried About Chemo? Start with a Little Knowledge

Just hearing the word chemotherapy can bring forth a slew of worries and concerns for new cancer patients: “Does it hurt? Will it cause my hair to fall out? Is it safe for me to be around my loved ones? Will I feel nauseous or start vomiting as soon as […]

April 29, 2016
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If I’ve Had a Gynecologic Cancer, Can I Have Children?

Fertility is a common concern among newly diagnosed cancer patients. For women with gynecologic cancer, the ability to have children depends on the type of cancer a woman has and the stage at which it is diagnosed, says Colleen Feltmate, MD, director of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Gynecologic Oncology at […]

April 28, 2016
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What Is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

Triple-negative breast cancer is a subtype of breast cancer where cancer cells do not contain estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors, or HER2 receptors, and therefore test negative for all three. Triple-negative breast cancer affects roughly 15 percent of breast cancer patients and can be somewhat more aggressive than hormone-positive or HER2-positive […]

April 22, 2016
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Tips for Exercising During and After Cancer Treatment

During cancer treatment, patients may face side effects like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and neuropathy. While some patients may seek additional medication to combat these symptoms, exercise is an excellent pill-free alternative. Dana-Farber exercise physiologist Nancy Campbell, MS, recently answered questions during a live chat on exercising during and after cancer […]

April 21, 2016
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Care for adults , General interest
Dana-Farber Staffer Marks Five Years Post-Transplant with Run of a Lifetime

Mary Taber’s marathon training requires a singular focus. It is demanding, solitary, life-affirming – not unlike her treatment five years ago for aplastic anemia and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). Taber, intranet editor at Dana-Farber, will mark five years from her March 2011 bone marrow transplant by taking to the storied […]

April 15, 2016
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Should I Take Aspirin to Prevent Cancer?

A steady drumbeat of research suggests that taking a small dose of daily aspirin over a period of years can reduce the risk of certain cancers. The strongest data favoring aspirin as a preventive are for cancers of the colon and rectum, stomach, and esophagus. In April 2016, the U.S. […]

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What Is Hormone Therapy?

Hormone therapy might more accurately be called anti-hormone therapy because it works by blocking hormones that spur certain cancers to grow. Hormones act by attaching to proteins, called receptors, on the outside of cells, resulting in cell or cancer growth. Reducing this type of cancer cell growth by blocking hormones […]

April 13, 2016
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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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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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Care for adults
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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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
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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Care for adults , Care for children
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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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 false positives. These are findings that suggest cancer is present when, in reality, it isn’t. False positives cause patients needless […]

March 23, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults
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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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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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
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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Care for adults
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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Care for adults
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
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 Maxton 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 Maxton, then 52, was diagnosed with cancer. After undergoing surgery that July to remove the tumor, […]

February 19, 2016
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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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Care for adults
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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Cancer research , Care for adults
What Are the Side Effects of Immunotherapy?

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

February 10, 2016
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Care for adults , General interest
Nine-Year-Old Honors Dad’s Cancer Journey by Supporting Other Patients

Peter Silveira took to calling his daughter, Hannah, a good luck charm during his treatment for gray-zone lymphoma in 2014-15. Now, with her dad’s cancer in remission, the grade-schooler – who accompanied him to several of his treatments at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) – has taken it upon […]

February 8, 2016
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From Massachusetts to Myanmar, Making Cancer Care a Global Effort

Each February 4, people everywhere are encouraged to take steps toward improving cancer awareness, prevention, and care on World Cancer Day. But for Dana-Farber staff working with colleagues in dozens of under-resourced countries, every day provides opportunities to help cancer patients worldwide. The Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer […]

February 4, 2016
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Care for adults
Empowering Patients with Music

Whether it’s creating a work of art, taking time to meditate, or chronicling their experience through a blog, cancer patients find many creative ways to cope with their diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, music can also help patients express their physical and emotional challenges, and a new mobile recording […]

February 3, 2016
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Leukemia Patient Soars to Recovery

Chris Potter was not a fan of flying, until a group of pilots he had never met transported him to his life-saving care team. Potter, then 42, was struggling through a relapse of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2011. His cancer was not responding to treatment, and he required at least […]

February 1, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children
New Friendships Form During Annual ‘Girls Weekend’

During Dana-Farber’s annual Girls Weekend, 25 girls ages 13-25 relaxed with a few days of shopping, makeovers and fun with new friends who understand what it’s like to have cancer as a young girl. The girls, who are all patients at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, spent […]

January 27, 2016
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #1: Integrative Therapies for Cancer

While the medical treatments for cancer can help fight off deadly disease, these life-saving therapies can also cause physical and emotional side effects. For some patients, the use of integrative therapies can help ease or eliminate treatment-related symptoms. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode – the first of the series […]

January 22, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children
How Cancer Survivorship Care is Changing

Cancer survivorship programs and services used to be something that patients would think about as they neared the end of active treatment, but that’s changing. “More Americans are surviving cancer than ever before, and partly as a result of that, the model for survivorship care is changing,” says Ann Partridge, […]

January 21, 2016
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Five Things You Need to Know About Barrett’s Esophagus

Barrett’s esophagus is a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, and can sometimes be a precursor for esophageal cancer. The condition occurs when the tissue lining the esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach) begins to resemble tissue that lines the intestines as a […]

January 20, 2016
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Making the Most of Every Day with Metastatic Colon Cancer

By Chris Beaton The day after my 45th birthday, Jan. 6, 2013, serious abdominal pain brought me to the emergency room, where they found a mass in my colon. Within a week, I was diagnosed as stage IIIa colon cancer. I was on the road to recovery by summer, thanks […]

January 18, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Health and wellness
When Should I Begin Regular Mammograms? [Infographic]

For women weighing when to start having regular mammograms for early detection of breast cancer, the answer isn’t always clear. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommendations, which were updated in October 2015, specify that women aged 45-54 who are at average risk should undergo yearly mammograms, and every two years […]

January 12, 2016
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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 , Health and wellness
What Are the Symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer screenings, which typically include a pelvic exam and Pap smear, have significantly reduced the number of cervical cancer incidence and death rates in the United States. These screenings are especially important because symptoms of cervical cancer often go undetected until the disease is more advanced. “The vast majority […]

January 6, 2016
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Care for adults , General interest
Hiker Honors Uncle, Friend with 215-Mile Trek

By Philip Daley As someone who has lived in New Hampshire most of my life, I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors. When my friend James Bode hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in California a few years ago, I followed his progress on his blog and thought how cool it would be […]

January 4, 2016
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Care for adults
How Long Does Chemotherapy Stay in Your Body?

Chemotherapy agents are powerful drugs used to treat cancer throughout the body. Chemotherapy drugs work by a variety of different mechanisms, but their general effect is to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells, which divide and proliferate quickly. Because some types of healthy cells – such as those […]

December 31, 2015
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Care for adults
Tips for Communicating with Your Cancer Care Team

One of the most important parts of cancer treatment involves talking with your cancer care team. During your care it’s vital that you are able to openly discuss different aspects of your health, treatment, and symptoms you might be experiencing. To make the most of conversations with your care team, […]

December 30, 2015
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Tips for Managing Chemobrain

Many cancer patients experience “chemobrain” – mental clouding or fogginess – during and after chemotherapy treatment. The condition, which can also be worsened by surgery and radiation, can include symptoms like weakened short-term memory, problems finding words, short attention span, and difficulty concentrating and multitasking. Fremonta Meyer, MD, a clinical […]

December 29, 2015
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Care for adults
If My Lymph Nodes Are Swollen, Do I Have Cancer?

Swollen lymph nodes are usually a sign of infection by bacteria or viruses. In a small percentage of cases, though, the swelling can be caused by cancer. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped tissues that act as filters for lymph. Lymph is a clear fluid that seeps out of the smallest […]

December 28, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
Sarcoma Patient Sets Sights on Nursing Career

Twenty-year-old Amanda Lee has always wanted to be a nurse. But after a life-changing diagnosis in 2012, Lee suddenly had a more personal motivation to pursue her career goals. After seeing her primary care doctor for pain in her lower back, doctors determined Lee had a tumor that was causing […]

December 24, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
The Latest in Prostate Cancer Research and Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer affecting men in the United States, after skin cancer. Yet, “most men die with prostate cancer, not of prostate cancer,” says Mark Pomerantz, MD, a medical oncologist in Dana-Farber’s Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, who recently shared the latest in prostate cancer research […]

December 23, 2015
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Care for adults
Can Cancer Patients Participate in More Than One Clinical Trial at a Time?

Clinical trials are a key part of medical science’s effort to improve treatments for cancer patients. There are a variety of different types of trials, including therapeutic clinical trials, which test the safety and effectiveness of potential new agents in patients. Some patients participate in several therapeutic clinical trials, in […]

December 22, 2015
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How Medications for Mood and Anxiety Can Benefit Cancer Patients

By Fremonta Meyer, MD Many people – cancer patients and others – have fears and misconceptions about taking medication to manage their mood, reduce anxiety, and treat conditions such as depression. Some believe taking medication for psychological reasons means they are weak, while others fear they will get addicted to […]

December 21, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
For Young Cancer Survivor, Holidays Bring New Hope

By Chelsea Smith Don’t take life for granted. Each day you wake up is an amazing gift. Even though I’ve felt a lot of pain in my life, it’s made me stronger. I’ve always been hopeful for tomorrow, and sometimes that hope pays off. My roller coaster started when I […]

December 14, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Remission of Jimmy Carter’s Melanoma Shows Potential of Immunotherapy for Cancer

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

December 11, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in the Hospital

The holidays bring heartwarming scenes of homecoming and family gatherings, but such plans can be sidetracked by treatment for cancer and related diseases. If you or a loved one need to spend all or part of the holidays in the hospital, consider these tips for brightening the season. Learn what’s […]

December 10, 2015
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What Should I Eat During Cancer Treatment?

When going through cancer treatment, deciding what to eat can be confusing. For patients with cancer and particularly those undergoing chemotherapy, eating healthy can be key to managing energy levels, immune function, and overall health. It is important to eat a well balanced diet and follow the healthy eating plate […]

December 9, 2015
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Care for adults
What to Say — and Not to Say — to Someone Whose Loved One Has Recently Died

By Sue Morris, PsyD While the number of cancer survivors continues to increase, unfortunately some cancer patients do die from their diseases, leaving grieving family members and friends behind. Many people avoid talking to someone whose loved one has just died – from cancer or other causes – because it […]

December 7, 2015
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Care for adults
For Teacher with Breast Cancer, ‘Less is More’

The math teacher in Faye Ruopp loves to look at life in equations. One of her favorites after she was diagnosed in June 2014 with breast cancer was “lumpectomy + radiation = mastectomy.” She would notice this theme of “less is more” often during her treatment at Dana-Farber’s Susan F. […]

December 4, 2015
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Care for adults
Understanding PSA Scores

Just as there is no one-size-fits-all number for high blood pressure, a variety of factors can influence whether a man’s PSA score is considered above normal. PSA, or prostate-specific antigen, is a protein that’s often associated with prostate cancer. A PSA test measures the level of the protein in a […]

December 2, 2015
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The Latest in Lung Cancer Treatment and Research

Over the last decade, treatment options for lung cancer patients have evolved drastically. Even in just the last few months, promising research has led to new, approved therapies, and researchers anticipate more advances are on the way. “Drugs are emerging at a rapid pace now,” says Geoffrey Oxnard, MD, of […]

November 27, 2015
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Care for adults
How Expressive Arts Help Patients Cope with Cancer

“Fun” is not a term largely associated with trips to Dana-Farber, but that’s exactly how Yvette Colon describes the Expressive Art Therapy Program at the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies. “Being sick, I forget what it is like to have fun because it’s easy to only think about […]

November 25, 2015
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Care for adults
Tips for Lung Cancer Patients: What Not to Do

This post is adapted from an article that originally appeared on the Huffington Post. Over the past decade, researchers have made great strides in targeted therapy and immunotherapy for lung cancer, offering hope to patients with the deadliest form of cancer in the United States. In addition to seeking innovative […]

November 24, 2015
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Care for adults
Depression and Cancer: What You Need to Know

A cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment can come with many different emotions: anger, frustration, fear, anxiety, and sadness. For some patients, that sadness can become a serious issue; approximately one quarter of cancer patients become depressed during or after treatment. “Patients will have feelings of sadness and a lack of […]

November 23, 2015
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For Lung Cancer Patient, Targeted Therapy and Talented Team Made All the Difference

As the wife of a New England sportscaster, and the sister and mother of athletes, Lisa Eid understands sports metaphors. So when the 48-year-old non-smoker learned that she had stage IV lung cancer last year, she knew what her husband, Dave, meant when he said, “We need to find the […]

November 20, 2015
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Care for adults
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
What Is Lobular Breast Cancer?

All breast cancers initially form inside the milk duct near the area where the duct meets the milk gland, or lobule – a structure called the terminal duct lobular unit. As long as the abnormal cells remain inside the milk duct they are known as carcinoma in situ. When they […]

November 16, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
FDA Approves New Drug for Some Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

The FDA announced today it has approved a new pill to treat certain patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The oral medication, Tagrisso (osimetinib), has been approved for NSCLC patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has worsened after […]

November 13, 2015
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Care for adults
Tips for Managing Insomnia

Regardless of age or diagnosis, insomnia is one of the most common side effects cancer patients experience. That doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. Insomnia should be discussed with your cancer team, as it can lead to other health issues. Fortunately, there are new and novel approaches patients can […]

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