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Iraq War Veteran, Police Officer Pedals His Way Through Cancer Treatment

As a way to celebrate being one year cancer-free, Worcester, Mass. Police officer and Iraq War veteran Jonathan “J.D.” Daige rode the 2015 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) to raise money for cancer research. The 192-mile ride was no small feat, as he rode with only two thirds of his right lung […]

November 11, 2015
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Five Things Female Childhood Cancer Survivors Should Know

By Lisa Diller, MD While recent research shows improvement in long-term survival rates for childhood cancer patients, challenges remain for many of the almost 400,000 survivors in the United States. Among the long-term survivors are women facing gynecological health issues from the late effects of their treatment. There are a […]

November 10, 2015
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Why Do I Sometimes Feel Tired After Radiation Therapy?

One of the most common side effects cancer patients experience is fatigue. During treatment, some patients may feel particularly tired after receiving radiation therapy. Fatigue can result when the immune system responds to an injury or wound. This occurs because the immune system uses energy to fight infection and sends […]

November 6, 2015
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Learning About Oncology Nursing from the Inside

By Kaitlin Phelan For eight weeks, Kaitlin Phelan was one of three Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing students who learned about oncology nursing from the inside – observing clinicians at work, talking to care team members about their jobs and careers, and studying a particular area of […]

November 5, 2015
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Lung Cancer: What Women Need to Know

This post originally appeared on the Brigham and Women’s Health Hub Blog. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women in the United States. For women, it accounts for more deaths than breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer combined. Consequently, medical researchers have been working hard […]

November 4, 2015
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How a Stem Cell Transplant Changed My Outlook — and My Career

By Todd Ellison, MSW, LICSW I often tell people that the experiences I’ve had, however challenging, were necessary to make me who I am today. I am pretty happy with the person I turned out to be, and I think cancer had a lot to do with that. Back in […]

November 2, 2015
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Teen’s Halloween Tradition Brings Sweet Smiles to Dana-Farber Patients

Many people will spend the days after Halloween trying to shed weight from excess candy, but Griffin Lincoln will be seeking all the pounds he can – with good reason. For the fifth year, the Canton, Mass., teenager will be collecting leftover Halloween goodies and giving them to Dana-Farber for […]

October 30, 2015
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The Latest in Genetics and Women’s Cancers

Knowledge of genetics and women’s cancers has come a long way in the 20 years since the BRCA1/2 genes were discovered. Scientists are able to identify more genes that can increase risk, leading to better prevention and improved treatment. “One of the most exciting developments is the knowledge that patients […]

October 29, 2015
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What Is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that forms in tissues of the oral cavity (the mouth) or the oropharynx (the part of the throat at the back of the mouth). The oral cavity includes the lips, the lining inside the cheeks and lips, the front two […]

October 28, 2015
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Coast Guard Veteran and Lymphoma Patient Finds Strength in Community

Evan Lavigne was part of tight-knit units, both as a high school hockey player and a member of the United States Coast Guard. And when the 24-year-old learned in January that he had lymphoma – just one week before entering the police academy – teammates were there to support him. […]

October 26, 2015
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Five Things Minority Women Should Know About Women’s Cancers

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, with nearly 232,000 diagnosed each year, and another 100,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer in the U.S. each year. But do these diseases affect all women equally? In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer […]

October 23, 2015
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What’s the Difference Between Lymphoma and Lymphocytic Leukemia?

While lymphomas and lymphocytic leukemias are both blood disorders, they are not the same disease. The main difference between lymphomas and lymphocytic leukemias is the location of the cancer cells. In leukemia, they’re found primarily in the bone marrow and blood; in lymphoma, they exist mainly in the lymph system, […]

October 21, 2015
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Finding a Breast Cancer ‘SoulMate’

By Melissa Angiolillo On January 7, 2015, I went to bed having no idea that the next day my life would change forever. I was at work, waiting for a call from my doctor saying the biopsy performed three days prior was benign. My phone rang and I didn’t want […]

October 19, 2015
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Realizing Cancer Isn’t Free When You’re Cancer Free

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

October 16, 2015
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What Does a Breast Cancer Lump Feel Like?

Although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, most breast lumps are not cancer. In fact, more than 80 percent of breast lumps end up being benign. But can a woman tell if a lump is cancer by the way it feels? While the majority of lumps […]

October 14, 2015
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Testicular Cancer Survivor Strives to Raise Awareness in Minority Communities

By Carl Nickerson Recently I was getting out of my car in front of a Latin restaurant when a man stopped me. I had been interviewed a few days before during the WEEI-NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon about my experience with testicular cancer, and featured in Boston’s Latino newspaper, El Mundo, […]

October 12, 2015
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Care for adults
How to Prepare Your Home for a Stem Cell Transplant Patient

Leaving the hospital is an important milestone for stem cell transplant patients, because it marks the first return home after what can often be an extended recovery. But this homecoming also requires a bit of advance preparation. That’s because stem cell transplants destroy and rebuild the immune system, leaving patients […]

October 9, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
How Cancer Patients Can Benefit from a Lifestyle of Mindfulness

There are many ways to define mindfulness. In a recent talk given at Dana-Farber, ABC news correspondent Dan Harris said mindfulness is the “ability to know what’s happening in your head right now without getting carried away by it.” Patricia Arcari, PhD, RN, of Dana-Farber’s Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, […]

October 8, 2015
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Care for adults
How to Care for a Partner with Cancer

By Patrick Steele Elaine needs a caregiver? That’s outrageous. She is a very independent and courageous woman. But as her husband and partner, I had to step into this role when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When Elaine and I first met in 2005, we stayed up late, telling […]

October 7, 2015
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Care for adults
First Day of Cancer Treatment: Young Adult Shares Her Experience [Video]

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

October 1, 2015
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Care for adults
What’s New in Research for Blood Cancer Treatments?

The past two years have seen a surge of new treatments for blood cancers, such as lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma. Research on the genetic flaws underlying specific cancer types has led to new precision drugs such as ibrutinib and idelalisib and new immunotherapy agents that are improving outcomes in […]

September 30, 2015
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What Is CA-125?

CA-125, the abbreviated name for cancer antigen 125, is a protein that’s often elevated in ovarian cancer as well as other types of cancers, such as those of the lung and breast. It’s also elevated when disease or inflammation arises in the pleura – the tissue that enfolds the lungs […]

September 28, 2015
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Why Are Thyroid Cancer Cases on the Rise?

While thyroid cancer is surging, the reasons why are very much a matter of debate. Some researchers claim the numbers primarily reflect improved diagnostic and detection techniques, others say the problem goes deeper. Official statistics depict a disease on the rise. Data collected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) show […]

September 25, 2015
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From Pediatric to Young Adult Patient: The Importance of Advocating for Yourself

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

September 23, 2015
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Can Two Ovarian Cancer Drugs Succeed Where Others Have Failed?

When Donna Gregory’s ovarian cancer came back for the third time, she began looking for alternatives to chemotherapy. She’d been diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer in 2003, at age 58. After having surgery to remove her tumors, she tried platinum-based chemotherapy, but her cancer did not respond. Several more […]

September 21, 2015
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Care for adults
Advice for Parenting During Cancer Treatment

From telling children about a diagnosis to juggling school and sports schedules with treatment, parents face many unique emotional and logistical challenges when diagnosed with cancer. Sarah Silvia, a single mom treated at Dana-Farber for lymphoma, recently shared her experience during a live Dana-Farber webchat with Dana-Farber social workers Allison […]

September 17, 2015
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Care for adults
What African-American Men Need to Know About Prostate Cancer

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there will be 220,800 cases of prostate cancer in 2015, and 27,540 deaths. African-Americans have a 60 percent higher incidence of prostate cancer compared to other ethnic groups, and a 150 percent higher risk of dying from it – in part because blacks tend […]

September 16, 2015
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What Are the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer? [Infographic]

In its early stages, ovarian cancer can be hard to detect; symptoms can go unnoticed or may be attributed to other, more common health problems. However, symptoms do exist and can include shortness of breath, bloating, feeling full quickly, and menstrual changes. Typically, symptoms worsen over time. Learn more in […]

September 14, 2015
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Care for adults
Tips for Managing Neuropathy

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), a condition that is a result of nerve damage caused by cancer treatment, can be a frustrating side effect patients face. People with CIPN can experience tingling, numbness and pain in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Although there is no clear CIPN treatment that can […]

September 11, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest
A Special Curriculum: Teachers Tell Their Students About Cancer

Gina Johnson and Connie Grayson have a combined 53 years teaching in the public school system. Last year, however, their cancer diagnoses prompted them to incorporate a new element into their lesson plans. “When I was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2014, one of my student’s moms had just passed […]

August 28, 2015
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Care for adults
What Older Women Should Know About Breast Cancer

American women have a 12 percent lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. While young women do get breast cancer, the disease is much more common in women aged 60 and older. Rachel Freedman, MD, MPH, a medical oncologist at the Susan […]

August 26, 2015
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Five Tips for Facing a Rare Cancer

By Becky Sail At age 22, I was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma called aggressive angiomyxoma – say that 10 times fast. When my parents and I got the news we asked the doctor, “Is it cancer?” He responded, “That is a complicated question.” He said he had never seen […]

August 24, 2015
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Can Coffee Affect Colon Cancer Risk or Survival? [Infographic]

Colon cancer patients who drink several cups of coffee daily may have a significantly lower risk of recurrence after treatment and an improved chance of cure. That’s the provocative finding of a large study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The research is the first to link colon cancer […]

August 18, 2015
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How to Stay Young and in Love as a Cancer Caregiver

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

August 17, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
How to Care for Your Skin After Cancer Treatment

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may cause changes to your skin during and after cancer treatment. Follow these tips and check in with your doctor regularly to ensure your skin is in the healthiest condition possible throughout your cancer experience. Chemotherapy Dry skin is a common side effect of chemotherapy. If […]

August 14, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
I Have Metastatic Breast Cancer: What’s My Prognosis?

By Rachel A. Freedman, MD, MPH Metastatic breast cancer generally means that the cancer has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes under the arm. For approximately 10 percent of women with breast cancer, the disease has metastasized when they are first diagnosed, but metastatic disease can also occur […]

August 12, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
Five Things You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer Prevention [Infographic]

Updated April 13, 2015 While one of the most common cancers in both men and women, colorectal cancer remains a very preventable disease, says Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, clinical director of Dana-Farber’s Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology. “Most of these cancers develop over a period of years,” he says. “While not […]

August 5, 2015
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Care for adults
What Questions Should You Ask When Cancer Treatment Ends?

The successful end of cancer treatment is a welcome milestone for any patient, but it’s also the beginning of an important new chapter. Here are some questions to ask your care team at the end of treatment to help you live well beyond cancer: Can I get a treatment summary […]

August 3, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Do All BRCA Mutations Come with the Same Cancer Risk?

Women born with mutations in the genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 have an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, but the degree of increase depends on a variety of factors. Not all mutations within these genes raise the risk equally. A study published earlier this year tracked breast and ovarian […]

July 29, 2015
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Care for adults
At 91 Years Old, Sandy Cunningham Keeps On Volunteering for Cancer Patients

Ingersoll “Sandy” Cunningham has the dignified, silver-haired appearance of a man you’d expect to find sipping iced tea at the country club. So what is this Harvard-educated great-grandfather doing pushing food carts through the hallways of Dana-Farber, handing out sandwiches to patients? “You’ve got to have some objective when you […]

July 24, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
Coping with Breast Cancer as a Young Adult

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

July 20, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Approval of Targeted Lung Cancer Drug Iressa Culminates Long Research Trail

The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the drug Iressa® for a form of metastatic lung cancer represents a return to prominence for the compound that launched the era of targeted therapy in lung cancer – even if that wasn’t clear at the time of its original clinical trial in patients. […]

July 16, 2015
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Care for adults
How Is Surgery Used to Treat Gynecologic Cancers?

Many associate cancer treatment with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but for many women with gynecologic cancers, surgery is often the first line of defense. Colleen Feltmate, MD, director of minimally invasive surgery in gynecologic oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), shares insight into surgical options to treat these […]

July 15, 2015
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Care for adults
Comedian Gets Last Laugh on Cancer

Joe Yannetty earns a living making people laugh, so when it came to thanking his caregivers at Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology (DF/NHOH) for the successful treatment of his throat cancer, candy or flowers just wasn’t going to cut it. For Yannetty, a Boston-based comedian since 1983, gratitude was best expressed by doing what […]

July 13, 2015
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How I Told My Young Children I Had Cancer

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

July 10, 2015
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Care for adults
Rhythm Therapy: How Drum Circles Help Patients Cope with Cancer

Zeynep Aytekin, a 47-year-old management consultant, has always wanted to participate in a drum and rhythm class. Now, as a breast cancer patient at Dana-Farber, she has the opportunity to let loose her inner percussionist. After some encouragement from a friend, whom she met at the Gentle Hatha Yoga, Aytekin […]

July 8, 2015
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Care for adults
What Is the Difference Between Hodgkin Lymphoma and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? [Infographic]

Although the diseases may sound similar, there are a variety of differences between Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. We spoke with Arnold Freedman, MD, of the Adult Lymphoma Program at Dana-Farber, to learn more. Both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are malignancies of a family of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, […]

July 6, 2015
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Five Things You Need to Know About Penile Cancer

Penile cancer is a rare disease, affecting just 1 in 100,000 men in North American and Europe, in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the penis. While not common in the United States, it can account for up to 10 percent of male cancers in parts of Asia, South […]

July 3, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest , Health and wellness
Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi Shares His Cancer Experience

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

June 26, 2015
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Care for adults
Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient Keeps on Riding

Every day, Pat Hastings is in the barn by 5 a.m. As steward of the Hamilton Rare Breeds Foundation in Hartland, Vt., Hastings oversees herds of Poitou donkeys, Choctaw mustangs, Dales ponies, and American Cream draft horses. She has worked on farms for 35 years, and it’s here, with her […]

June 22, 2015
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Can Women Get More Than One Lumpectomy?

For many women with localized breast cancer, a lumpectomy followed by breast radiation therapy may be the most effective treatment, with survival rates equal to a mastectomy. But if the cancer comes back, can women have additional lumpectomies? Women should not have a second lumpectomy in the same breast if […]

June 15, 2015
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Care for adults , Health and wellness
Melanoma – What’s the Latest?

Sun safety applies to everyone, regardless of skin color, gender, or age. That was the message emphasized in a recent live video webchat with Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) dermatologist Jennifer Lin, MD. During the chat, Lin answered questions about the latest in melanoma treatment and prevention. “The bottom […]

June 11, 2015
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Care for adults
Family Ties: Why Genetics Matter

By Christine Hensel Triantos  On a cold winter day in 2002, Sharon Goyette stepped into Dana-Farber’s Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention. She was a 21-year-old college student, and this was the last place she wanted to be. But her mother had insisted. After developing colon cancer, Goyette’s mother had […]

June 10, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest
Young Adult Shares Tips for Coping with Cancer

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

June 8, 2015
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Care for adults
Living Well with Chronic Breast Cancer

Duncan Finigan isn’t fond of the phrase “stage IV.” “I choose to call it treatable, non-curable cancer, or a chronic disease,” the mom of four says. Following a physical exam by a new gynecologist last October, Finigan expedited her December mammogram, which ultimately led to an MRI, ultrasound, and a […]

June 4, 2015
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The Link Between HPV and Cancer [Infographic]

Approximately 5 percent of cancers worldwide are caused by strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), including cervical, anal, and some head and neck cancers. Learn more about the link between HPV and cancer in the infographic below:

June 3, 2015
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What Are the Differences Between Adult and Childhood Brain Tumors?

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

May 22, 2015
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Care for adults
Creating a Legacy with Metastatic Breast Cancer

This post originally appeared on Critical Mass as part of the 2015 National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week. By Beth Fairchild My name is Beth Fairchild. In my former life, I was an artist, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend. Now, while I may still be all of these, I […]

May 18, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
Nurses Feel ‘Privilege’ of Working with Patients and Colleagues

Dana-Farber oncology nurses have grown accustomed to being asked how they can do such a difficult job every day. But talk with them and you’ll learn that they feel far more blessed than burdened by these challenges. In honor of National Nurses Week May 6-12, we asked four Dana-Farber nurses […]

May 8, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
New Study: Chemo Before Surgery Avoids Need for Mastectomy for Many with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Chemotherapy before surgery shrank triple-negative breast tumors in women in a clinical trial to the point where half of those who had not been eligible for breast-conserving surgery became eligible for it, according to investigators at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The findings were reported at the American Surgical […]

May 6, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
The Latest in Precision Medicine and Lung Cancer

Even before President Barack Obama declared it a national initiative, precision medicine has helped bring more effective treatment to patients with many types of cancer. One disease that has benefited from these treatments is lung cancer, where targeted therapies have significantly improved outcomes for patients. “When we find we have […]

April 30, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Promising Research Developments Stir Hopes for Melanoma, Lung, Breast and Ovarian Cancer

The growing excitement about the potential of immunotherapy treatments for cancer continued at the 2015 meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), one of the largest cancer research meetings of the year. Several Dana-Farber investigators presented encouraging results of immunotherapy for melanoma, lung cancer, and breast cancer. F. […]

April 24, 2015
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Care for adults , General interest
Survivor, Hero, Battle: The Complicated Language of Cancer

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

April 22, 2015
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Five Things You Need to Know About Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers represent a group of cancers that affect the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth. While these diseases only represent 2.5 percent of new cancer cases in the U.S., they affect vital functions, including swallowing and speaking. Here are five things to know about head and neck […]

April 20, 2015
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What Is It Like to Enroll in a Clinical Trial?

When Elizabeth Cahn was presented with her treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer, the decision was about more than just getting healthy; it was about “paying it forward.” “I know there are many people who participated in clinical trials before I came along and it was because of their participation […]

March 31, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
Answers to Common Questions About Stem Cell Transplants

Stem cell transplantation can be a life-saving treatment option for patients with blood cancers or disorders. The procedure, sometimes called bone marrow transplantation, replaces bone marrow that doesn’t work correctly or has been damaged by disease. We spoke with Joseph Antin, MD, chief of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at […]

March 27, 2015
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Angelina Jolie Puts Spotlight on Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer Risk

Once again Angelina Jolie is making headlines after penning another op-ed in The New York Times. The actress shared she has undergone more cancer preventive surgery – this time prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy, a procedure to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Two years ago, she wrote about her decision to […]

March 24, 2015
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Remembering My Father’s Journey with Multiple Myeloma

By Elise Renner There’s a 1-in-12 chance that this is the month yours or your loved one’s cancer is recognized—odds better than the survival rates for some of these diseases. Some months, like October, boast big names like breast cancer. Others, like September, are crowded with lesser-known branches of the […]

March 23, 2015
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What Is Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia?

Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (Waldenström’s) is a slow-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma marked by abnormal levels of an antibody called macroglobulin (IgM). Also known as lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, Waldenström’s mostly forms in the bone marrow and can hinder the growth of normal blood cells, which can lead to anemia as well as a […]

March 20, 2015
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Care for adults
What’s New in Skin Cancer Research?

Although malignant melanoma has been attracting much of the media spotlight because of promising new immunotherapy drugs, advances are also being made in other types of skin cancer. Nonmelanoma skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are very common, with more than 3.5 million cases diagnosed […]

March 18, 2015
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Care for adults
Helping Cancer Patients ‘Live Life to the Fullest’

Cancer survivors of all ages sometimes face psychological, social, or physical side effects that are long-lasting or develop later in life. With the number of survivors reaching 12 million in the U.S. today, the need for survivorship care and education is growing. “Survivorship care is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Just […]

March 16, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
How to Manage Stress and Anxiety During Cancer Treatment

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

March 13, 2015
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Care for adults
What to Eat When You Have Gastrointestinal Cancer

Maintaining a healthy diet is important during all stages of cancer treatment. But, for some gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients, keeping up with a nutritious and well-rounded diet can be especially difficult. During treatment, patients with GI cancer may struggle with digestive problems, like constipation and diarrhea, along with the common […]

March 11, 2015
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Cancer research , Care for adults
Five Common Myths About Clinical Trials

Better cancer treatments depend on clinical trials of new drugs and other therapies, but in the United States, only 3 percent of cancer patients participate in these investigations of new therapies. Patients often hesitate to participate because they don’t understand the process or have misconceptions about what it means for […]

March 9, 2015
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Care for adults
Can Shorter Courses of Radiation Be Safe and Effective?

  Radiation therapy, which uses radiation to kill cancer cells, is a common treatment option for breast cancer patients. After a lumpectomy, a standard course of radiation therapy with breast cancer lasts six weeks. A new option for some breast cancer patients uses slightly higher doses of radiation over a […]

March 6, 2015
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Care for adults
Finding the Right Words at the Right Time

This is an excerpt from a perspective published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Feb. 12, 2015. By Justin Sanders, MD, MSc When Ms. C. died, I was sad but not surprised. I had met her 4 years earlier, when I was an intern and she was the […]

March 5, 2015
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Care for adults , Care for children
Helping Cancer Survivors Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sarah Boczanowski was tired. Her turbulent relationship with sleep, dating back to her childhood, had only worsened since her leukemia diagnosis at age 18. Through biopsies and chemotherapy, she found sleep elusive. “With nurses and doctors coming in and out, and beeping noises from my IVs, it was impossible to […]

March 4, 2015
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Care for adults
Five Things You Need to Know About Oral Chemotherapy

As cancer treatments advance, more patients are taking anti-cancer medications, including oral chemotherapy, at home. Unlike the traditional IV infusion chemotherapy given in a clinic, oral chemotherapy is a drug taken in tablet, capsule, or liquid form. It has the same benefits and risks as chemotherapy given by infusion. Oral chemotherapy […]

March 2, 2015
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Care for adults
Whirlwind Week Ends in Reassurance for Breast Cancer Patient

It was a Monday when Katie Lazdowski got the news no 33-year-old mother expects to hear: “You have breast cancer.” Waiting is never easy, but waiting to find out what’s next after a cancer diagnosis can be excruciating. After meeting with a local oncologist in Amherst, Mass., about two hours […]

February 27, 2015
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Care for adults
If a Lump in the Testicle Is Painful, Is it Cancer?

Men who notice a lump, heaviness, or pain in the testicle are often not convinced to see a doctor until a partner insists, but men should take note of changes in the testicles, says Clair Beard, MD, director of the Testicular Cancer Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. “Unlike […]

February 23, 2015
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