What is Targeted Cancer Therapy?

Targeted therapies take aim at the specific genetic changes and the proteins within cancer cells that drive their chaotic growth.

June 19, 2018
Diet and Nutrition
Six Tips for Cooking with Cancer-Related Fatigue

Making a nutritious meal doesn’t always have to be time-consuming. Here's how you can maximize your efforts in the kitchen.

June 18, 2018
Patient Stories, Adult
Rare Blood Cancer Patient is Cancer-Free After Clinical Trial

Keith Rohleder was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive blood cancer that most people have never heard of. But a new clinical trial put him into remission.

June 15, 2018
General interest
Why is Cancer Common?

Cancer is common, in short, because genetic changes are common.

June 14, 2018
Colon Cancer
Healthy Diet, Exercise Improve Survival in Colorectal Cancer

A diet high in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, along with exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight can improve the five-year survival rate for patients with stage III colorectal cancer, according to a new report from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers.

June 13, 2018
Brain tumors, childhood , Childhood
Solving the DIPG Puzzle, One Single Cell at a Time

New technologies are being used to analyze exactly how DIPG develops in the first place.

June 12, 2018
Breast cancer , Inflammatory breast cancer
What’s the Latest in Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research?

Scientists are making headway in understanding the basic biological mechanisms at work in inflammatory breast cancer (IBC)—and how to intervene in ways that may slow or stop the cancer.

June 11, 2018
Multiple Myeloma
What is the Role of Genetic Analysis in Multiple Myeloma?

Assessing a multiple myeloma patient’s predicted outcome and risk through genetic analysis can enable tailored treatment for individual patients.

June 8, 2018
Patient Stories, Adult , Sarcoma
A Test, a Targeted Drug, and a Lengthened Life for Cancer Patient

One doctor had initially forecast that Acra Samuels had no more than six months to live. Targeted treatment through Dana-Farber has almost certainly extended her life significantly.

June 7, 2018
Enhancing Immunotherapy: The Race to Make “Cold” Tumors “Hot”

A growing arsenal of new drugs that unleash the body’s immune system against tumors has captured the cancer treatment spotlight.

June 6, 2018
Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Risk and Prevention
Does Soda Cause Cancer?

Nutritionists and doctors agree that consuming soft drinks in excess is associated with several health complications and diseases, including weight gain or obesity, poor dental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. Some of these health conditions can play a role in increasing one’s risk of developing cancer.

June 5, 2018
Childhood , Liver cancer, childhood
A Landmark Treatment for a Pediatric Liver Tumor Patient

An interventional radiology procedure stabilized the growth of a toddler’s rare liver tumor until he was able to receive a life-saving liver transplant. Today, he is healthy and thriving.

June 4, 2018
CAR T-cell therapy
What’s Next in CAR T-Cell Therapy?

CAR T-cell therapy—a form of immunotherapy that uses genetically engineered T cells to intensify the immune system's response to cancer—represents one of the biggest advances against cancer in recent years.

June 1, 2018
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
What is Cutaneous Lymphoma and How is it Treated?

Cutaneous lymphoma is a rare subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that starts in the skin.

May 31, 2018
Blood disorders, childhood , Patient Stories, Adult , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant, childhood
Thriving at College After Aplastic Anemia and a Stem Cell Transplant

In 2009, Drew was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder. Because of a stem cell transplant, he was cured—and now, he has his mind set on becoming a pediatric oncologist.

May 30, 2018
Childhood , Germ cell tumors, childhood
What to Know About Pediatric Germ Cell Tumors

Findings from clinical trials have increased survival rates significantly in the last several decades for children with germ cell tumors.

May 29, 2018
Blood Cancer , Leukemias
Drug Approvals Mark New Era in Treating Acute Leukemia in Adults

Recent drug approvals collectively mark a new era in the treatment of adults with these diseases, scientists say.

May 25, 2018
Gynecologic Cancer
The Latest in Radiation Therapy for Gynecologic Cancers

Radiation therapy, or radiotherapy, is often one component of treatment for gynecologic malignancies such as cervical, vaginal, and endometrial cancer.

May 24, 2018
Blood disorders , Care for adults , Care for children , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What is Bone Marrow Failure and How is it Treated?

Bone marrow failure occurs when the bone marrow – the soft, spongy center of the bones – fails to produce enough healthy blood cells to keep up with the body’s needs.

May 23, 2018
Coping with Cancer , Survivorship
10 Tips to Manage Cancer-Related Stress and Anxiety

Many patients and caregivers deal with the mental and physical effects of stress and anxiety.

May 22, 2018

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