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Find Skin Cancer Early: Know Your ABCDEs [Infographic]

With an estimated 8,500 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the U.S. every day, it is important that you not only protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays, but also regularly check your skin for anything out of the ordinary. While freckles and moles are often harmless, it is […]

May 2, 2016
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Care for adults
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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Care for adults
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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Health and wellness
What Does a Thyroid Cancer Lump Feel Like?

While 80 to 90 percent of reported thyroid lumps are not cancerous, performing “neck checks” can help you become familiar with what your thyroid looks and feels like, so you can tell your heath care professional if you notice any changes. Jochen Lorch, MD, director of the Thyroid Cancer Center […]

April 27, 2016
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Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Episode #2: Living Well with ‘Chronic’ Breast Cancer

Shortly after she was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer, Duncan Finigan met with her oncologist, Eric Winer, MD, at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. “I can’t deal with this ‘stage’ thing,” Finigan told him right away. In response, Winer said Finigan didn’t have to […]

April 26, 2016
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Care for children
Brother Donates Stem Cells to Sister Battling Leukemia

On September 24, 2015, in a sixth floor room at Boston Children’s Hospital, 5-year-old Logan Lesselroth pressed the button that started the transfer of his newly harvested blood stem cells to his 3-year-old sister, Gianna. “This,” Gianna told him, “is a gift from your body.” The path to that moment […]

April 25, 2016
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Care for adults
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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Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #8: The Best Foods and Diet for Cancer Treatment and Survivorship

Good nutrition plays a key role in cancer prevention and survivorship. With the right pantry items, patients can help manage side effects of treatment and potentially lower risk of recurrence. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Dana-Farber nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, discusses the best diet for cancer patients, […]

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Care for adults
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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Cancer research
What Is a Liquid Biopsy?

A traditional biopsy is a test in which a piece of tissue is removed from a patient for analysis in a laboratory. A pathologist examines the tissue under a microscope, noting the shape, structure, and internal activity of the cells to determine whether the cells are cancerous and, if so, […]

April 20, 2016
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General interest
Nine-Year-Old Raises Colon Cancer Funds – and His Mother’s Spirits

Christine Jaworek-Lopes was moved when she believed her 9-year-old son, Zachary, was writing a school paper about her experiences as a stage IV colon cancer patient at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC). Upon learning what he was really up to, she was stunned. Unbeknownst to his parents, the third-grader […]

April 18, 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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Care for adults
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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Cancer research
How Scientists Aim to Expand Immunotherapy Options for Cancer Patients

This post also appeared on the NERD (Novartis Explores Research & Development) blog. By Eric Bender Fighting cancer with immunotherapy has revolutionized treatment for some patients. Emphasize “some.” For most patients, drugs targeting the immune system to attack their tumors aren’t an option. This could change in the near future. […]

April 14, 2016
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Care for adults
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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Care for adults
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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Care for adults
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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Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #7: Life After Childhood Cancer Treatment

While the end of active cancer treatment may bring some relief, it can also bring many questions and anxieties for young patients and their families. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Lisa Diller, MD, chief medical officer of the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, discusses topics around fertility, […]

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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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Health and wellness
What Are the Best Yoga Poses for Breast Cancer Patients? [Infographic]

  Breast cancer and its treatment may cause symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, decreased range of motion, and weakness. Exercise and other integrative therapies, including yoga, can ease these symptoms, help patients feel better during treatment, and can be scaled to fit each patient’s unique needs and abilities. “Yoga has […]

April 6, 2016
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Health and wellness
Tips for Quitting Chewing Tobacco

Often associated with professional athletes, smokeless or chewing tobacco is a major risk factor for several cancers, including oral, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer. While “chew” and “snuff” won’t be making their way to ballparks in Boston this baseball season, thanks to a citywide ban at all professional and amateur sporting […]

April 4, 2016
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Care for adults
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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Health and wellness
Can Detoxing Regimens and ‘Cleanses’ Fight Cancer?

If you type “detox and cancer” into an Internet search engine, you’ll get an avalanche of websites, articles, products, patient testimonials, and practitioners claiming that cancer can be prevented or even cured by diets or “cleanses” that rid the body of “toxins.” Are these approaches safe? Are they effective? It’s […]

March 30, 2016
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Podcasts
Voices Podcast – Episode #1: Breast Cancer ‘SoulMates’

When Melissa Angiolillo was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2015, she had all the support of her husband, family and friends. But what she really needed was someone who had gone through what she was about to experience, someone who knew what it was like to face a stage […]

March 29, 2016
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Uncategorized
Aplastic Anemia or Dyskeratosis Congenita? Unclear Diagnosis Demands a Difficult Decision

Having a child diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is heart-wrenching for all parents, but when the diagnosis itself is uncertain, parents can face excruciatingly difficult decisions. This is what Katie and Josh Stevens of Idaho confronted after their son Riley was diagnosed in October 2012 with the blood disorder aplastic […]

March 28, 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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Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #6: Cervical Cancer Research, Treatment and Prevention

Although cervical cancer incidence and death rates have decreased thanks to regular screenings, thousands of women in the U.S. are still affected by the disease every year. In this Cancer Conversations podcast episode, Ursula Matulonis, MD, medical director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program in the Susan F. Smith Center for […]

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Care for children
Think Pink: Annual ‘Pig Day’ Brings Smiles to Jimmy Fund Clinic

Bigger and pinker each year, the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s annual Pig Party was held on March 4, marking the seventh celebration of a beloved tradition on National Pig Day. “The Pig Party was started by a patient more than eight years go, which is what makes […]

March 24, 2016
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Care for adults
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
Can We Treat Colorectal Cancer With Immunotherapy?

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). It is posted here with minor edits. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. About 134,490 people are estimated to be diagnosed with and about 49,190 are expected to die from colorectal […]

March 21, 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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Health and wellness
What Can I Eat if I Have Colorectal Cancer?

Colorectal cancer and its treatments can often impact the way the body digests foods, fluids and absorbs nutrients. For patients and survivors, incorporating healthy, plant-based foods and lean protein into your diet can help your body stay strong and nourished during and after treatment. Many of the side effects of […]

March 17, 2016
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Care for children
Cancer Treatment and Fertility: Acting Now to Have Children Later

This post originally appeared on Notes, Boston Children’s Hospital’s Clinical Health Blog. With over 75 percent of children diagnosed with cancer surviving into adulthood, more and more parents ask questions about the quality of life survivors can expect in the future, including: Will my child be able to have children down […]

March 16, 2016
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General interest
If You Don’t Mind Me Asking — Dating, Post-Cancer

This post originally appeared in the Love U column of the Daily Trojan, the student newspaper of the University of Southern California. By Eva Grant I was talking to Dan on Tinder. A witty back and forth. I’m good at that. We were joking about a Greek myth. “So,” he […]

March 14, 2016
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Care for children
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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Podcasts
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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Care for adults
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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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
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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Health and wellness
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 , Health and wellness
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
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
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 children
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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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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Health and wellness
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
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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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
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
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
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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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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Cancer research
The Latest Research in Multiple Myeloma, Leukemia and Other Blood Cancers

The last two years have been very exciting for blood cancer research; many new targeted therapies and immunotherapies are improving treatment outcomes for patients with lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma. “We’re starting to see a lot of hematologic malignancies benefit from immunotherapy,” says Irene Ghobrial, MD. “The excitement is there […]

February 11, 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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Health and wellness
Ten Ways to Lower Your Cancer Risk

Although there is no fool-proof method for preventing cancer, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for developing disease. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, knowing your family history and undergoing regular screenings can all help reduce your risk of serious health issues like cancer. As February marks National Cancer […]

February 5, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children
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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Care for adults
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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Podcasts
Cancer Conversations Podcast – Episode #2: The Truth About BRCA Testing and Genetic Risk

Although only a small percentage of breast cancers are considered hereditary, genetic testing and cancer risk — specifically the BRCA1/2 genes — have made many headlines in recent years. But what exactly does it mean to have a BRCA mutation, and what do women need to know? In this Cancer […]

January 29, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for children
In Precision Medicine, Pioneering Young Patient Teaches Veteran Doctor

Allison Schablein seems an unlikely candidate to teach medicine to Mark Kieran. She’s an 8–year-old New Hampshire second grader who loves basketball, hip hop, acrobatic dancing and jewelry. He’s a pediatric neuro-oncologist with a PhD in molecular biology, not to mention decades of clinical and research experience. But teach Kieran, […]

January 28, 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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Health and wellness
Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Result Mean I’ll Get Cancer?

If you’re a woman age 21 to 65, you probably know that getting a Pap test is a part of routine health screenings. The test, usually taken every three years, is used to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. But what does […]

January 25, 2016
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General interest
Which Cancers Are On the Rise?

In its Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, the National Cancer Institute reported that between 2002-2011, colorectal cancer and lung cancer rates dropped among men and women in the United States. Despite these gains, statistics showed higher rates of both thyroid cancer and liver cancer. The […]

January 22, 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 […]

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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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Care for adults
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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Care for adults
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
4
Health and wellness
How Does Obesity Cause Cancer? Three Leading Theories

This blog post was originally published on the Cancer Research UK science blog. It’s reposted here with minor edits. ‘Love handles’, ‘muffin top’, ‘beer belly’, ‘extra padding’, ‘cuddly bits’, ‘winter insulation’… We all have names for the squishy bits we keep meaning to lose – but apart from not fitting […]

January 15, 2016
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Cancer research
What A Cancer Cure ‘Moon Shot’ Might Look Like

This post originally appeared on WBUR’s CommonHealth blog. By Barrett Rollins, MD, PhD President Obama’s call for a new national effort against cancer – a “moon shot” – comes at a most opportune time. Cancer research has advanced significantly and now genomic analysis of individuals’ tumors can reveal the specific […]

January 14, 2016
2
General interest
Why Do Stem Cells Have a Strong Odor?

The blood-forming stem cells used in transplants carry hope, promise, and, as many patients report, a strong odor. What gives the cells this distinct smell, which has been compared to that of creamed corn? It comes from the protective solution in which the cells are frozen and stored, rather than […]

January 13, 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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Care for adults
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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Health and wellness
How Can I Avoid Gaining Weight During Cancer Treatment?

Patients often worry about weight gain as a potential side effect of cancer treatment. Eating behaviors triggered by chemotherapy-related symptoms, taking steroids, and inactivity due to fatigue can all contribute to weight gain. “Chemotherapy can cause certain appetite-related side effects, such as increased appetite, nausea or cravings for sweets and […]

January 8, 2016
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Care for children
How Can We Make Personalized Therapy for Childhood Cancer a Reality?

This blog post originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s science and clinical innovation blog. By Tom Ulrich For some pediatric cancers, such as acute lymphoblastic leukemia, older forms of therapy — and older ways of defining who receives which therapy — have served well over the last few decades. But […]

January 7, 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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