Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest , Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative diseases , Patient Stories, Adult
Making the Best of Things In The Hospital

By Rich Rothman In 2013, I was facing a lengthy hospital stay after being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer known as myelodysplastic syndromes (”MDS”). I had decided to proceed with a bone marrow transplant, which was thought to be the only potential cure. After being admitted to the hospital, […]

January 18, 2017
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Cancer research
How Do I Find The Right Clinical Trial For Me?

Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether new treatments, diagnostic techniques, or disease-prevention strategies are safe and effective in patients. They may be an option when patients no longer benefit from standard therapies. They may also offer an alternative to standard therapies, particularly if the agent being tested is […]

January 17, 2017
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General interest , Research
When Cancer Occurs in Someone Who Has Already Been Treated, How Do Doctors Determine Whether it’s a New Tumor or the Spread of the Earlier Tumor?

By Christopher Fletcher, MD, FRCPath Chief of Onco-Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Vice Chair for Anatomic Pathology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital   In order to determine whether a growth represents relapse of a previously diagnosed cancer or is a newly developed, separate tumor, doctors obtain a tissue sample from the patient […]

January 16, 2017
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General interest
What is an Oncology Hospitalist?

Managing the care of cancer patients who need hospitalization calls for specialized resources and expertise, including familiarity with an array of cancer medications and their potential side effects. When an adult cancer patient is admitted to Dana-Farber’s Inpatient Hospital, located within Brigham and Women’s Hospital, his or her care is […]

January 13, 2017
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Ask the Nutritionist , Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health Topics
How to Eat Healthfully in the New Year [Webchat]

A new year often means making resolutions – and for many cancer patients, cancer survivors, and caregivers, making the decision to eat healthfully can help promote strength and overall good health. Learn More: What Do Dana-Farber Nutritionists Eat? The Best Foods and Diet for Cancer Treatment and Survivorship [Podcast] Grass-Fed Beef […]

January 12, 2017
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Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
When Your Sons Are Both Diagnosed with Cancer

By Ebony Glass One day, our 2-year-old son Javon complained about a bit of pain at daycare. It seemed harmless enough. But after a visit to the pediatrician, we ended up in the hospital for emergency surgery. There, they discovered that a mass in his body was causing the pain. “Cancer?” […]

January 11, 2017
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Cancer research , Immunotherapy , Precision Cancer Medicine , Research , Risk and Prevention
Experts Forecast Cancer Research and Treatment Advances in 2017

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research. It was originally published Jan. 10, 2017. By Srivani Ravoori, PhD As we step into 2017, a big question looming in the minds of all stakeholders in the cancer research arena is: […]

January 10, 2017
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General interest , Research , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What is Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplantation?

A treatment for patients with blood-related cancers and certain blood disorders, stem cell transplantation involves replacing a patient’s unhealthy blood-forming cells with healthy ones. Patients are first treated with chemotherapy, and sometimes radiation therapy, to wipe out or diminish the bone marrow and lymph nodes where cancers such as leukemia […]

January 9, 2017
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Cancer Genetics , Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
BRCA-Positive Mom Takes Control of Her Cancer Risk

After learning in December 2014 that her father was a carrier of the BRCA-1 gene, Katherine Saunders immediately knew she needed genetic testing. The 37-year-old mom of two had a 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene, which increases the risk of ovarian and breast cancers, and was likely responsible for the […]

January 6, 2017
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Coping with Cancer , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
For Cancer Survivors, a New Look at New Year’s Resolutions

Olivia Bowie says she’s never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. Since she couldn’t keep commitments like eating healthier or working out more, she didn’t bother making them, the college student jokes. Then, in 2015, doctors discovered she had rhabdomyosarcoma. “Being diagnosed with cancer, and going through treatment, has changed […]

January 5, 2017
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General interest , Risk and Prevention
Does Having a Certain Personality Type Affect Cancer Risk?

It was once thought that people with certain personality traits were particularly susceptible to cancer. Neurotic people and introverts, in particular, were believed to be especially at risk for developing the disease. Personality type was also thought to play a role in whether people stricken with cancer would die of […]

January 4, 2017
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics , Neuro-oncology , Patient Stories, Adult
My Experience as an LGBTQ Cancer Patient

By Tara Baysol My first truly extensive exposure to the health care system as a patient began in 2013 with my brain cancer diagnosis. It was, and continues to be, an eye-opening experience. One big challenge that presented itself early on in my cancer journey was learning how to navigate […]

January 3, 2017
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention , Uncategorized
10 Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Tips

Cancer researchers continue to explore why cancer occurs in the body – and how to stop it before it shows up. Tools like genetic testing, which looks for alterations, or mutations, in a person’s genes, can help determine whether a person is more likely to develop certain kinds of cancer. […]

January 2, 2017
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Health Topics , Integrative Therapies
How To Perform Acupressure for Vomiting and Nausea

Chemotherapy and radiation are successful in treating many types of cancer, but these treatments can also cause a host of side effects – including vomiting and nausea. A form of ancient Chinese therapy called acupressure, similar to acupuncture, has been shown to help alleviate these side effects. Learn how you […]

December 30, 2016
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Care for children , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Patient Stories, Pediatric
The Loss of a Child: Stories from Three Bereaved Parents

As told to Sue Morris, PsyD As director of Dana-Farber’s Bereavement Program, I regularly sit with bereaved individuals, listen to their stories, and help them navigate their lives after they have been completely turned upside down. I recently spoke with three bereaved parents who are members of Dana-Farber’s Pediatric Patient […]

December 29, 2016
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General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Radiation Therapy?

Along with chemotherapy and surgery, radiation therapy is one of the first lines of treatment for many cancers. But unlike other forms of therapy, radiation cannot be seen, felt, or heard during treatment, often making it difficult for patients to understand. Radiation works by creating breaks within the DNA of […]

December 28, 2016
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Care for children , Childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Risk and Prevention , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Newborn Screening Saves Baby from “Bubble Boy” Disease – Before He Ever Gets Sick

Happy to have given birth in January 2015 to two seemingly healthy boys, Levi and Colton, after an uneventful pregnancy, Kala Looks gave little thought to the routine heel prick of newborn screening. At 23 and 24, she and her husband, Phillip, were high school sweethearts starting a family with […]

December 27, 2016
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Care for adults , Care for children , Treatments and Procedures
Tips for Preparing for Photopheresis

Photopheresis is a unique medical therapy that involves temporarily removing blood from a patient, mixing the blood with a medication, exposing the blood to ultraviolet (UV) light to activate the drug, and then reinfusing the blood into the patient. The technique is used to treat graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a common […]

December 26, 2016
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Care for children , Myelodysplastic/Myeloproliferative diseases , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Putting College – and Field Hockey – on Hold for a Bone Marrow Transplant

By Dana Mendes Like many high school students, I was eager to start a new chapter of my life after graduating in 2015. I had committed to play field hockey at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, that fall, and spent the summer working out alongside my new teammates – determined […]

December 23, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Should You Look for in an Oncologist? [Infographic]

A cancer diagnosis means making many life-altering decisions, often in a matter of days. These include important choices about what kind of treatment you want and who you want to provide it. An oncologist, a doctor who specializes in cancer, manages your care and treatment from beginning to end. That […]

December 22, 2016
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Care for adults , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Tips for Celebrating the Holidays after a Stem Cell Transplant

The holidays can be a happy time of family gatherings and traditions, but the combination of extended family and friends and cold and flu season can be dangerous for patients who are immunocomprised following recent stem cell transplants to treat blood cancers including multiple myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma, and related disorders. […]

December 21, 2016
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Breast cancer , Cancer research , Research
Study Shows New Drugs Expose Vulnerability of Breast Tumors

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” may be a valid philosophy in general, but not in dealing with the molecular machinery of cancer cells. There, the applicable motto might be might be, “If it’s broke, keep it that way.” That’s the approach taken by a class of targeted drugs […]

December 20, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , General interest , Health Topics
Six Effortless Tips for Healthy Holiday Baking

The holidays can be a tricky time to stick to healthy eating goals, especially if baking is a part of your family’s traditions. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, shares a few simple ingredient changes that can help cut some of the fat, […]

December 19, 2016
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Health Topics , Integrative Therapies
6 Ways to Practice Mindfulness [Infographic]

Mindfulness is the practice of focusing one’s attention on the present. Like other integrative therapies and practices, it has been proven to help people through difficult circumstances, reduce stress and pain, and improve focus. This makes it an especially powerful complementary therapy for cancer patients. Here are some ways you […]

December 16, 2016
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Cancer research , General interest , Lung cancers , Risk and Prevention
Is Marijuana Use Connected to Cancer?

In November, four states – California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine – passed measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use, bringing the total number of states with legal cannabis to eight, plus the District of Columbia. The vote in Maine was quite close and is expected to be challenged by opponents, but […]

December 15, 2016
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Cancer research , General interest
21st Century Cures Act Will Support ‘Revolutionary’ Cancer Research

On Dec. 13, President Barack Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that includes significant funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot, and to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to speed the drug approval process. Laurie Glimcher, MD, […]

December 14, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , General interest
Tips for Returning to Work after Cancer Treatment

A cancer diagnosis can cause significant changes to your life – including at work. Many patients have to stop working during treatment, take significant time off, or alter their schedules, all of which can take a significant mental, emotional, and financial toll. Some patients may have jobs that provide flexible […]

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Brain tumors, childhood , Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Uncategorized
Pediatric Brain Tumor Patients Find Success with Targeted Drug

  At first, early intervention specialists told Christi Powers that her young son’s gross motor delays and poor balance were likely the result of weak muscle tone, but when Danny developed severe headaches at age 4, she took him to the emergency room. Soon the suburban Boston boy was diagnosed […]

December 13, 2016
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Care for adults , Palliative Care, childhood
Oncology and Palliative Care Team Up to Benefit Patients

A cancer care team often involves quite a few players: oncologists, nurses, radiation oncologists, social workers, psychiatrists, and others. While these experts often improve patient outcomes, such a large multidisciplinary team can sometimes make communication and coordination difficult. Dana-Farber’s Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care department is working to change that. […]

December 12, 2016
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Cancer research , Care for adults , Metastatic breast cancer , Treatments and Procedures
A New Approach to Understanding Breast Cancer Treatment Resistance

By Srivani Ravoori, PhD, American Association for Cancer Research This post first appeared on the Cancer Today website. In a study presented Dec. 7 at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, researchers conducted genomic analysis of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive metastatic breast cancer samples that had become resistant to therapies. They found […]

December 9, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult , Survivorship
Cancer Crusaders Support Group Feels Like Family

  At first glance, it looks like a typical holiday get-together – an annual gathering of friends admiring the decorations on one of their homes. What makes the situation unusual is not what the group is doing, but where they were a few hours earlier: the Weymouth, Massachusetts, physician practice […]

December 8, 2016
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Care for adults , Lung cancers , Risk and Prevention
How Does Cigarette Smoke Cause Lung Cancer?

Tobacco smoke is the number one risk factor for lung cancer – and every time it is inhaled, it deals a double blow to lung cells, creating conditions almost ideally suited to the formation of cancer. Chemicals such as tar and formaldehyde within tobacco smoke penetrate the cells and damage […]

December 7, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , General interest
The Four (or Five) Estate Planning Documents Everyone Needs

By Rick Fingerman, CFP™ Some people think estate planning is only for the wealthy, but this is just not the case. In fact, estate planning is an important part of every person’s overall financial strategy, whether you’re going through cancer treatment or not. What is estate planning? My definition of […]

December 6, 2016
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Caregiving , General interest , Health Topics
Self-Care Tips for Cancer Caregivers

If you are taking care of a loved one with cancer, you are considered a “caregiver.” You may be responsible for navigating your loved one’s medical appointments, taking on increased responsibilities at home, and providing emotional support, all while maintaining your previous responsibilities. This can be a lot to manage, […]

December 5, 2016
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Breast cancer , Cancer research , General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Adjuvant Therapy?

Adjuvant therapies are drug treatments that breast cancer patients receive after surgery to prevent cancer from returning. These treatments may include chemotherapy, anti-estrogen therapy, or anti-HER2 therapy. Watch More: Young and Strong Program Helps Young Women With Breast Cancer Life After Inflammatory Breast Cancer “This is now a widely established […]

December 2, 2016
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Cervical Cancer , General interest , Risk and Prevention
What Are AIDS-Related Cancers?

People infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS are more susceptible to certain types of cancer than people who are not infected. In fact, some types of cancers are so common in people with HIV that they are referred to as AIDS-related or AIDS-defining cancers – including Kaposi’s sarcoma, […]

December 1, 2016
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Patient Stories, Adult , Podcasts , Survivorship
Beyond Cancer Podcast – Episode #6: When Treatment Ends

Treatment ends. And you’re home free. That’s what many friends and family think. But cancer patients know that the time after your treatment ends can be unsettling. While the physical and logistical challenges of managing chemotherapy, radiation or surgery may be behind you, the prospect of dealing with cancer without […]

November 30, 2016
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Cancer research , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Immunotherapy , Pancreatic cancer
Can Immunotherapy Help Patients with Pancreatic Cancer?

Patients with pancreatic cancer often ask Dana-Farber’s Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, about immunotherapy, the rising star of cancer treatment that’s making impressive gains against many types of malignancies. Immunotherapy drugs, which mobilize the patient’s immune defenses to recognize and attack tumor cells, have worked against lethal cancers such as melanoma […]

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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Stomach (Gastric) cancer
What Should I Eat If I Have Stomach Cancer?

Stomach cancer treatment, which may include surgery to remove some or all of the stomach, often affects patients’ appetites and the way they digest food. Many patients may experience a poor appetite, weight loss, stomach pain, and feeling full early, which can make it difficult to adhere to their regular […]

November 29, 2016
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Care for adults , Caregiving , General interest
In Sickness and in Health as a Cancer Caregiver

By Deb Osborne On that beautiful day in October, filled with all the excitement life has to offer, I didn’t realize how important those words would become. Caught up in the wonderment of our wedding day, the magnitude of those words did not resonate with me until seven years ago […]

November 28, 2016
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Cancer research , General interest , Neuroendocrine/Carcinoid tumors
What Are Carcinoid Tumors?

Carcinoid tumors are rare, often slow-growing tumors that form from neuroendocrine cells found throughout the body. Carcinoid tumors most commonly arise in the gastrointestinal system, including the appendix, small intestine, or rectum, but may occur in other sites, including the lungs. In most cases, there is no clear cause of […]

November 25, 2016
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General interest , Lung cancers
Olympian Aly Raisman Honors Grandmother with Support of Lung Cancer Research

Nurses at Dana-Farber are used to hearing patients gush about their children and grandchildren during chemotherapy treatments, but Stephanie Ann Benoit, RN, still smiles when recalling how Nancy Raisman sang the praises of her granddaughter. “Aly is going to be in the Olympics,” the lung cancer patient would say proudly, […]

November 24, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
The Truth About Cancer, Fear, and Living

By Samantha Lozier I never truly realized how complicated cancer could be until I had to face it head on. Part of what makes it so complex, I’ve found, is that illness or not, we still have that inner “gremlin” inside all of us that tells us to care what […]

November 23, 2016
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General interest , Integrative Therapies
Mobile Art Cart Helps Relieve Stress and Pain for Patients

Pain, anxiety, fear: these are a few common feelings that may become particularly heightened after a cancer diagnosis and during treatment. But a traveling mobile art cart, sponsored by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, now offers Dana-Farber patients the ability to reduce pain or stress through expressive […]

November 22, 2016
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Diet and Nutrition , Health Topics , Recipes
What Do Nutritionists Eat on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which for many means a meal of turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and more, one that can easily add up to thousands of calories. It is important to enjoy this time with your family, but you can still stay on a healthy track while enjoying your favorite […]

November 21, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Coming to Grips with the News that You’ve Got Cancer

By Rich Rothman I was rolling along in the summer of 2012. Having turned 60, I was working more than 50 hours a week as a litigation partner of a global law firm, playing tennis, fishing (not necessarily catching) on the rare occasions I could get away, and purporting to […]

November 18, 2016
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Cancer research , Health and Wellness , Health Topics , Lung cancers
How to Quit Smoking: What We Know

Smoking cigarettes contributes to 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men, and it is estimated to have caused more than 130,000 deaths from the disease between 2005 and 2010. But smoking damage does not stop with lung cancer: the habit […]

November 17, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer
VIDEO: How Young Adults’ Identities Change Post-Cancer

Imagine your life ahead of you. You may have seemingly endless possibilities, a carefree attitude, and a sense of immortality that often comes with youth. Then imagine being hit with the unthinkable: a cancer diagnosis. This is the reality approximately 70,000 young adults in the United States face each year. […]

November 16, 2016
2
Cancer research , Head and Neck Cancer , Immunotherapy
Use of Immunotherapeutic Expanded to Fifth Type of Cancer

This post originally appeared on Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association of Cancer Research. It was originally published Nov. 15, 2016. By Karen Honey, PhD On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved expanding the use of the immunotherapeutic nivolumab […]

November 15, 2016
4
Care for adults , Lung cancers , Patient Stories, Adult
Finding Happiness Despite Stage IV Lung Cancer

By Joann Totten As a non-smoker, I never imagined I would be diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, let alone at age 50. But that’s what happened on Aug. 5, 2015, just six weeks after I started experiencing a non-productive cough. The doctors felt certain it was bronchitis, but as […]

November 14, 2016
1
General interest
Dana-Farber Staff Send Gifts to Colleagues’ Marine Son in Kuwait

Nurses, doctors, and other caregivers at Dana-Farber often receive “thank-yous” from grateful patient families, but on one morning in November it was a young man with no connection to cancer exchanging the heartfelt hugs and handshakes. Lance Corporal Dean Sudol, 23, a U.S. Marine just back from a seven-month deployment […]

November 11, 2016
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Care for adults , Stomach (Gastric) cancer
What Are the Symptoms of Stomach Cancer?

Though relatively rare in the United States, stomach (gastric) cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. This disease can be difficult to treat because most people are diagnosed after the cancer has spread beyond the stomach to the liver, lymph nodes, or other organs, when it begins […]

November 10, 2016
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General interest , Research , Risk and Prevention
Is Cancer Contagious?

While some may wonder, cancer is not contagious; a healthy person cannot catch cancer from a person who has the disease, nor can it be spread by close contact with a cancer patient. Cancer cells are far different from infectious agents such as bacteria and viruses. A cancer cell is […]

November 9, 2016
1
Care for children , Leukemias, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Treatments and Procedures
The New Frontier: Improving Safety of Outpatient Care At Home

After Lacey Martin’s leukemia didn’t respond to initial rounds of chemotherapy and after she spent 10 weeks hospitalized for a stem cell transplant, the 11-year-old New Hampshire girl went home March 2 with an external line for medications that her mother would have to flush and clean twice a day. […]

November 8, 2016
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General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Combination Therapy?

Combination therapy, the use of more than one type of therapy in treating a patient, is a hallmark of cancer treatment. The complexity of the disease – its tendency to spread beyond its original site and become resistant to certain drugs, and its genetic diversity – underscores the need for […]

November 7, 2016
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General interest
Dana-Farber Scientist ‘Rises from the Ashes’

Two decades ago, Dana-Farber blood cancer researcher Sophia Adamia, PhD, left her home in Georgia, a country with a turbulent past located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Not until last May did she return to Georgia, to participate in a conference organized by the State Minister […]

November 4, 2016
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Care for adults , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant , Treatments and Procedures
What Is a Reduced-Intensity Stem Cell Transplant?

A reduced-intensity stem cell transplant, also known as a ‘mini’ transplant, is a modified form of a procedure that replaces a patient’s blood-forming stem cells with those of a compatible donor. Mini-transplant patients receive lower doses of chemotherapy than are used in a full-intensity, or myeloablative, transplant, and, in general, […]

November 3, 2016
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General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Tips for Coping with Grief After a Cancer-Related Death

By Rosemary Maconchie When my husband Jim died from stage IV pancreatic cancer in April 2015, I was suddenly without my lifelong partner. We were together since high school; and when he died at age 69 I was suddenly alone for the first time in my life. The experience of […]

November 2, 2016
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Brain tumors , General interest , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
Do Concussions Increase the Risk of Brain Tumors?

With football season in full swing, concussions and their long- and short-term consequences promise to be in the news. While the harmful effects of repeated concussions, especially among teens and young adults, have been well documented, any links between concussions and brain cancer are less clear. Multiple studies have endeavored […]

November 1, 2016
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General interest , Liver cancer , Risk and Prevention
Does Drinking Alcohol Cause Liver Cancer?

Worldwide, more than 700,000 people are diagnosed with liver cancer – a leading cause of cancer death – each year. Does drinking alcohol cause liver cancer? Although alcohol is a risk factor for liver cancer, it’s not the most common one. Chronic infection with the hepatitis B or C virus […]

October 31, 2016
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Breast cancer , General interest , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Neoadjuvant Therapy?

Neoadjuvant therapies are drug treatments breast cancer patients receive before surgery. These treatments can help shrink tumors and make breast surgery easier for the patient and surgeon, according to Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Neoadjuvant therapy […]

October 28, 2016
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Cancer research , Research , Risk and Prevention
What Are Tumor Markers?

Blood tests for the presence of substances called tumor markers can be helpful in diagnosing cancer and assessing how well treatment is working. But such tests alone generally can’t tell for certain whether someone has cancer or not. That’s why they are used in conjunction with other methods, such as […]

October 27, 2016
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Coping with Cancer , Health Topics , Integrative Therapies
How Writing Helps During Cancer Treatment

By Rebecca Berman During my ongoing treatment for metastatic endometrial carcinoma, I tried many different mindful activities, such as yoga and other integrative therapies, but I came to a point where I felt that I needed to up my game. In the past, creative writing had helped me express and […]

October 26, 2016
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Biliary cancer , Care for adults , Gastrointestinal Cancer , Pancreatic cancer , Treatments and Procedures
What Is Whipple Surgery?

Many pancreatic cancer patients are diagnosed after the cancer has spread beyond the pancreas, making surgery a risky treatment option. But for those patients whose cancer is localized, surgery may be used to remove the tumor and prevent further spread. When the tumor is confined to the head or neck […]

October 25, 2016
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Care for adults , Inflammatory breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Living a Full Life after Inflammatory Breast Cancer

When Trish Vickery learned in 2013 that she had inflammatory breast cancer, she knew all too well the gravity of her diagnosis. Her mother had died from the disease. Yet Vickery is living a full and energetic life — working, traveling, exercising, rowing on the Charles River in Boston, and […]

October 24, 2016
0
Bladder cancer , Cancer research , Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy Beats Chemotherapy for Advanced Bladder Cancer Patients

The immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) is the first therapy of any kind to improve survival in patients whose metastatic bladder cancer worsened after treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Keytruda proved so much better than chemotherapy in this “second-line” use that an international clinical trial was halted when the advantage became apparent. […]

October 21, 2016
0
Cancer research , Ovarian cancer , Treatments and Procedures
Drug Prolongs Remissions in Some Relapsed Ovarian Cancers

Ed. note: Niraparib (Zejula) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 28, 2017, as a maintenance therapy for women with ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer. This post was originally published on Oct. 21, 2016. For women with relapsed ovarian cancer that responds to platinum-based […]

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Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Post-Cancer, Post-Rotationplasty, Teen Athlete Continues to Excel

The ball leaps off the metal bat with an unmistakable “ping” that denotes good contact. Miles Goldberg runs to first base, from which the 13-year-old will soon contemplate – and safely execute – a steal of second. Miles is used to transitioning naturally with the seasons from football to hockey […]

October 19, 2016
1
Care for adults , Leukemias , Risk and Prevention
What Are the Symptoms of Leukemia?

While leukemia, a cancer of the blood cells, is one of the more common cancers in children, it occurs most frequently in older adults. More than 60,000 new cases of adult leukemia are estimated in the United States for 2016. These cancers are classified as either acute, which means the […]

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Breast cancer , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
How Much Radiation Do Breast Cancer Patients Need?

Traditionally, patients with early-stage breast cancer who choose lumpectomy plus radiation therapy have been treated with five to six weeks of daily radiation therapy following surgery. In the last half dozen years, however, two landmark studies by researchers in the United Kingdom and Canada found that treating patients with higher […]

October 18, 2016
0
Care for adults , Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Stem Cell Transplants Rise Among Older Patients

  Stem cell transplantation following chemotherapy can extend survival and potentially cure certain advanced cancers. Although these demanding procedures were once considered too risky for older patients, advances in transplant methods are challenging that assumption. “In transplants involving donor cells, there was concern that older patients wouldn’t be able to […]

October 17, 2016
0
Cancer research , General interest , Research
What Can Be Learned from Clinical Trials that Fail?

When a clinical trial shows that a new treatment is no better than the standard, it can be disappointing. But such outcomes yield valuable, potentially lifesaving information. Trials can “fail” if the experimental therapy doesn’t work better than current treatments. These “negative” outcomes are important for several reasons. They can […]

October 14, 2016
0
Care for children
Tips for Sharing a Child’s Cancer Diagnosis with Others

No one is prepared to tell a loved one they have cancer. But the conversation becomes even more difficult when it’s your child who is diagnosed. How should parents and patients tell family members and friends, and who should be taking the lead? While there are some universal recommendations, much […]

October 13, 2016
1
Breast cancer , Exercise , General interest , Health Topics , Metastatic breast cancer
Exercise and Metastatic Breast Cancer: Tips from a Survivor

By Sandy Cassanelli Finding out I had breast cancer in 2013 was very hard; learning two years later that my cancer was metastatic was even more distressing. But both times, exercise helped me face my situation. I was in the best shape of my life when I was diagnosed at […]

October 12, 2016
2
General interest , Palliative Care, childhood , Treatments and Procedures
Pain Medication and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Cancer and its treatment cause pain for many patients, whether from the location of a tumor, the tumor spreading to another area such as the bones, or from side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. “Each person is unique in their pain experiences, as well as how they respond to […]

October 11, 2016
0
Care for adults , General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
For 91-Year-Old Dana-Farber Volunteer, Serving Cancer Patients is a Proud Privilege

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 […]

October 10, 2016
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Care for adults , Non-small cell lung cancer , Small cell lung cancer
What is the Difference Between Small Cell and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer?

Lung cancer is divided into two general categories based on its appearance under the microscope: small cell and non-small cell. Non-small cell is the more common type and currently accounts for about 87 percent of lung cancers. Doctors make a distinction between the two types of lung cancers because treatment […]

October 7, 2016
0
Breast cancer , Cancer research , Care for adults , Treatments and Procedures
What Are Aromatase Inhibitors?

Aromatase inhibitors are drugs given to patients with hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer (HR+). They target the aromatase enzyme, which helps produce female hormones such as estrogen. Estrogen drives the growth of many HR+ tumors, and these drugs help control estrogen production, says Harold Burstein, MD, PhD, a breast cancer specialist in […]

October 6, 2016
0
Care for children , Patient Stories, Pediatric
How Boston and Dana-Farber Gave This Family Hope

By Ricardo Garcia On Nov. 29, 2011, cancer changed our lives. My son Richi was diagnosed in Barcelona with a high-risk medulloblastoma, one of the most aggressive brain tumors. From that day on, we did not return home. We could never imagine what awaited us. Richi endured a total of […]

October 4, 2016
0
Cancer Genetics , Cancer research
Genetics vs. Genomics: What’s the Difference?

Gene, genetics, genome, and genomics all are derived from a Greek word – gen – meaning birth or origin. Almost every aspect of health and disease is influenced in some way by the inherited information in cells, written in the chemical code of DNA and packaged in distinct units known […]

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