Brain tumors
More than 25 Years with a Brain Tumor and Still Forging a Hopeful Trail

Susan Johnson was diagnosed with a rare, slow-growing brain tumor in 1992. More than 25 years later, Susan is living with cancer — thanks to the chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and clinical trials that have kept her tumor at bay.

March 30, 2018
Colon Cancer , Health Topics
What is the Relationship Between Gut Microbes and Cancer?

Gut microbes perform a variety of functions that are essential to health — and the relationship between gut microbes and cancer is just beginning to be explored scientifically.

March 29, 2018
CAR T-cell therapy
How Treatment Works for CAR T-Cell Therapy Patients

CAR T-cell therapy is a form of immunotherapy that uses specially modified T cells – part of the body’s defense system against disease – to attack cancer. This therapy has proven strikingly successful for some patients with certain forms of blood cancer. As of May 2018, CAR T-cell therapy has been approved […]

March 28, 2018
Checkpoint Inhibitors: How Researchers are Expanding this Form of Immunotherapy

Researchers are confident that the potential of checkpoint inhibitors has only begun to be tapped.

March 27, 2018
Colon Cancer
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Colorectal Cancer?

There are a number of steps people can take to reduce their risk of colon cancer, including screening and adjustments in diet and lifestyle.

March 26, 2018
Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
Skin Tags and Skin Cancer: What You Should Know

A skin tag is a narrow stalk of hanging skin that bulges at the end. Skin tags are usually flesh-colored and can develop anywhere on the body, but are most often found in areas where the skin rubs together, such as the neck and armpit. Skin cancer is a disease […]

March 23, 2018
Cancer research , Immunotherapy
How Scientists are Looking to Expand the Benefits of Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy can be dramatically successful for people with limited options — so scientists are working on expanding the benefits to other patients.

March 22, 2018
Childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Soft tissue sarcomas, childhood
Pediatric Ewing Sarcoma Patient Faces Disease with Courage and Insight

“Amelia is an amazing and extremely bright girl who has faced her disease and treatment with tremendous courage,” says Steven DuBois, MD, MS, her oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

March 21, 2018
Multiple Myeloma
What is Minimal Residual Disease Negativity for Multiple Myeloma?

Minimal residual disease negativity – or MRD negativity – is a highly sensitive measure of the effectiveness of therapy for multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells of the bone marrow.

March 20, 2018
Ovarian cancer
BRCA and Ovarian Cancer: What’s the Link?

Mutations in BRCA genes are linked to hereditary ovarian cancer as well as breast cancer.

March 19, 2018
Cancer research , Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Can Obesity Cause Cancer?

What is the relationship between obesity and cancer? Being obese increases one’s risk for a multitude of health complications and diseases, including several types of cancer. Obesity has been linked to thirteen types of cancer with a stronger risk associated with breast, esophageal and endometrial cancers, among others.

March 16, 2018
What is Monoclonal Antibody Therapy for Cancer?

Monoclonal antibody therapy is a kind of immunotherapy that empowers the body’s immune system to attack cancer cells.

March 15, 2018
Breast cancer , Risk and Prevention
Breast Cancer and Birth Control Pills: What’s the Link?

"Overall, contraceptives still have a favorable risk benefit for women as contraception," says Wendy Chen, MD, a senior physician in Dana-Farber's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers.

March 14, 2018
Brain tumors , Neuro-oncology
Daughter Draws Strength from Late Father in Brain Cancer Battle

Going through brain cancer treatment at age 24, Alex Berking is experiencing a new connection to her late father – and drawing strength from his example.

March 13, 2018
Patient Stories, Adult , Psychosocial Oncology
After Hurricane, Cancer Patients from Puerto Rico Find Care and Community at Dana-Farber

Hurricane Maria made it impossible for these patients to be treated in Puerto Rico. Now, they’re receiving care at Dana-Farber.

March 9, 2018
Cervical Cancer , Immunotherapy
New Clinical Trials Test Immunotherapy for Cervical Cancer

Researchers are applying the knowledge they’ve gained in previous clinical trials as they look into how immunotherapy might provide additional treatment options for patients with recurrent cervical cancer.

March 8, 2018
Acute lymphoblastic - ALL , Acute myeloid - AML , Chronic lymphocytic - CLL , Chronic myelogenous - CML , Leukemias , Leukemias, childhood
How are Adult and Pediatric Leukemia Alike and Different?

Leukemia is a blood cancer that results when stem cells in the bone marrow produce abnormal blood cells.

March 7, 2018
General interest
What is a Cancer Cluster?

A cancer cluster is the occurrence of a greater-than-expected number of cancer cases among a group of people in a defined geographic area over a specific period of time.

March 6, 2018
Diet and Nutrition , Health and Wellness
What are Superfoods and Can They Fight Cancer? [Podcast]

“Superfood,” a relatively new term, refers to foods that have certain supposed very good health benefits.

March 5, 2018
Chronic lymphocytic - CLL , Lung cancers , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Patient Stories, Adult
After Three Cancer Diagnoses, Couple Exchanges Vows

During a "couples chemo" session, Kevin got down on one knee and popped the question to Tim, his partner of 37 years. They tied the knot in the Healing Garden at Dana-Farber.

March 2, 2018

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