Cancer research , Care for adults , Head and Neck Cancer , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer?

For patients with advanced head and neck cancers, immune-based therapies have started to show results against these hard-to-treat tumors. Two immunotherapy drugs were approved in 2016 for use when standard treatments failed, and many other agents are being tested in clinical trials. Immunotherapies work by enhancing the body’s natural defenses […]

April 20, 2017
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention
Who Should Get the HPV Vaccine?

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of many related viruses passed through sexual contact. A number of HPV strains can lead to the development of cervical cancer, as well as vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancer, which occurs in the middle part of the throat. Two strains – […]

January 19, 2017
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Cancer research , Esophageal cancer , Health and Wellness , Risk and Prevention
Do Hot Drinks Increase the Risk of Esophageal Cancer?

Based on a review of numerous scientific studies, the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) recently concluded that routine consumption of “very hot” drinks probably raises the risk of esophageal cancer. The review, by a panel of 23 experts around the world, found that drinking beverages such as coffee […]

September 6, 2016
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Care for adults , Health Topics , Risk and Prevention , Throat cancer
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Throat Cancer?

Throat cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that may affect the larynx, the area of the throat used for speaking; the nasopharynx, the area of the throat behind the nose; or the oropharynx, the middle part of the throat. Throat cancer symptoms vary depending on the location […]

August 19, 2016
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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Health Topics
Managing Oral Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Oral problems such as mouth sores, dry mouth, jaw pain, and sensitive gums are a common complaint for cancer patients, because the very treatments that target fast-growing cancer cells can also affect healthy cells in the mouth. Treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy may cause mouth sores and dry mouth, […]

July 8, 2016
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Care for adults , Diet and Nutrition , Mouth (Oral) cancers
What Is the Best Diet for Someone with Oral Cancer?

Side effects from oral cancer and its treatment can make it challenging to eat essential nutrients that can maintain strength and support recovery. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, a senior nutritionist at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, shares strategies for reaching your nutritional goals:   Eat small meals often Have six […]

June 8, 2016
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General interest , Health Topics , Research
What Are the Most Common Cancers in Women?

While there is no sure method for avoiding cancer, understanding risk factors can help you make decisions about prevention and screening for early signs of disease. As we recognize National Women’s Health Week, here’s a look at the five most common cancers in women* and steps you can take to […]

May 9, 2016
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Health Topics , Risk and Prevention , Thyroid cancer
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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Care for adults , Mouth (Oral) cancers , Risk and Prevention
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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Health Topics , Mouth (Oral) cancers , Risk and Prevention
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 , Esophageal cancer
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 , Mouth (Oral) cancers
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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Care for adults , Coping with Cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
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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General interest , Patient Stories, Adult
Why the Pan-Mass Challenge Is My Kinetic Karma

By Dave Lafreniere I rode in my first Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) the day after my mother died. She was a two-time breast cancer survivor who developed an unrelated, rare ocular melanoma while I was training. She passed away in the early morning of August 2, 2002, as I sat by […]

July 1, 2015
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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
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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Care for adults , Head and Neck Cancer
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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Care for adults , Risk and Prevention
Common Myths About the HPV Vaccine

When it comes to vaccines, particularly the HPV vaccine, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that girls and boys aged 11 or 12 years be vaccinated against HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can be spread during sexual activity and […]

January 23, 2015
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Care for adults , Head and Neck Cancer , Treatments and Procedures
How Robotics are Improving Treatment for Head and Neck Cancers

Head and neck (oropharyngeal) cancer is the sixth most common cancer in the U.S., with nearly 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Though tobacco and alcohol use can raise the risk of developing the disease, exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) poses an even greater risk. People who have had an oral […]

September 10, 2014
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Cancer research , Head and Neck Cancer , Treatments and Procedures
How is Research Improving Treatment of Head and Neck Cancers?

Head and neck cancers account for 3 to 5 percent of all cancers in the United States and can occur in the oral and nasal cavities, the sinuses, the throat, the larynx, the salivary glands, and the thyroid. When diagnosed early, many head and neck cancers can be cured with […]

August 25, 2014
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Care for adults , Throat cancer
Facts About Throat Cancer

Throat cancer is one of many cancers that affect the head and neck area, including the nasopharynx, the area of the throat behind the nose; the oropharynx, middle part of the throat; the hypopharynx, the bottom section of the throat; the oral cavity where the tongue sits; and the larynx, […]

July 3, 2014
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Care for children , Risk and Prevention
Should Boys and Girls Be Vaccinated Against HPV?

By Robert Haddad, MD Human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccinations were originally advised only for girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Pediatrics now recommend that both girls and boys be vaccinated. The recommendations are well founded: HPV infection is the number one cause of […]

June 6, 2013
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Care for adults , Care for children , Health Topics
Death Rates from Cancer Continue to Drop, Some Types Can Be Prevented

Faced with an abundance of cancer stories in the news and our own personal experiences with cancer, we may fear that there’s a growing “epidemic” of the disease. Not so. A new report says that overall, deaths from cancer are continuing to decline, as they have for nearly two decades.

January 10, 2013
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Care for adults , Head and Neck Cancer , Health Topics
HPV linked to head and neck cancer

Traditionally, patients with oral cancers tended to be older individuals with a long history of smoking and heavy alcohol use. In the past decade, however, that picture has changed dramatically. Today, infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is the leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer in the U.S. and Western Europe. […]

January 3, 2012
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Cancer research , General interest
Dana-Farber’s Cancer Vaccine Center-Do Viruses Cause Cancer?

In 1958, when scientists linked an aggressive form of leukemia to infection with a particular virus, some researchers took the discovery as evidence that nearly all cancers are caused by viruses. A cover story in Life magazine in 1962 proclaimed, “Cancer may be infectious.” Today, it is estimated that viruses […]

December 29, 2011
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