Diet and Nutrition , General interest
Is Seltzer Water a Healthy Drink Option for Cancer Patients?

Adequate hydration is an important aspect of health for everyone, especially for those undergoing cancer treatment.

August 15, 2018
Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Success With ‘Half-Matched’ Donors Leads Transplant Advances

Of the many stem cell transplant advances in the past 10 to 15 years, none has had as dramatic an impact as the recent development of successful haploidentical or “half-matched” transplants, which have vastly expanded the pool of donors.

August 14, 2018
Exercise , General interest , Health and Wellness
10 Exercise Tips for Cancer Patients

Exercise has been shown to improve quality of life and functionality for cancer patients and survivors, if done safely. Here are some tips.

August 13, 2018
Adult , Immunotherapy , Leukemias
The Latest Advancements in Immunotherapy for Adult Leukemia

As scientists have learned more about the intricate workings of the immune system, they've developed new forms of immunotherapy that have been approved for the treatment of leukemia or are being clinically tested in patients.

August 10, 2018
Breast cancer , Dana-Farber Research , Research
Women with Early-Stage Breast Cancer May Not Need Post-Surgical Chemotherapy: Study

In a significant step toward more personalized treatment for patients with breast cancer, a recent clinical trial found that many women with an early stage of the disease do not need chemotherapy after surgery to remove the tumor.

August 9, 2018
Risk and Prevention
6 Commons Myths About What Causes Cancer

Many factors are involved in cancer, so it’s not always easy to tell why cancer develops, or what causes it—but we know for sure that the following six factors do not play a role in the development of cancer.

August 8, 2018
General interest , Lung cancers , Thoracic Cancer
Is a Persistent Cough a Sign of Cancer?

A cough can potentially be a symptom of a health concern, but in the overwhelming majority of cases that include a cough, the cause is unrelated to cancer.

August 7, 2018
Dana-Farber Research , Research
Researchers Identify Key Molecular Event Leading to Synovial Sarcoma

Cancer biologists led by Cigall Kadoch, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have identified a key molecular event that leads to synovial sarcoma, a rare, aggressive cancer in adolescents and young adults for which scientists are seeking better treatments.

August 6, 2018
Metastatic breast cancer
Tips for Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Five notable pieces of advice from two Dana-Farber metastatic breast cancer patients, Hanna Homenko and Krista Lawrence.

August 3, 2018
Ovarian cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
From Ovarian Cancer Patient to Pan-Mass Challenge Cyclist in One Year

Julie Wisnia was undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer at Dana-Farber when she became inspired to participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a 163-mile bike-a-thon that raises funds for Dana-Farber.

August 2, 2018
Breast cancer
Signs of Breast Cancer That Aren’t a Breast Lump

The vast majority of breast lumps are not indicators of breast cancer. However, there are other symptoms that may be indicative of breast cancer in some cases.

August 1, 2018
General interest , Psychosocial Oncology
How to Find the Right Cancer Support Group

Support groups offer patients the opportunity to share their stories and the emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis among a group of people who can relate. So how do you find the one that’s right for you?

July 31, 2018
Cancer Genetics
At-Home Genetic Tests for Cancer: What You Need to Know

Recently, at-home genetic tests that claim to determine a person’s potential risk for health conditions, such as cancer, have become available. However, the ability of at-home genetic tests to provide information about your cancer risk is very limited.

July 30, 2018
Brain tumors , Patient Stories, Adult
Pan-Mass Challenge Team Continues Co-Founder’s Commitment, In His Memory

Dave Mittelman died in May 2017 from brain cancer. The Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) team he helped co-found, Team Lizard, will soon ride to honor him and the many other close friends and family members who have dealt with cancer. "At our core, we ride because we believe in a future without cancer," says his wife, Michele Mittelman.

July 27, 2018
Psychosocial Oncology
What to Know About Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults [Infographic]

Adults and young adults often have to face unique challenges while they are also facing cancer. Here's what you need to know.

July 26, 2018
Patient Stories, Adult , Primary CNS lymphoma
Cancer Patient Paints Her Way Through Treatment and Into Remission

CNS lymphoma patient Rosette Becker was able to paint her way through the ups and downs of her successful treatment—and she remains in remission more than four years later.

July 25, 2018
Diet and Nutrition
The State of the Science on Anti-Angiogenic Foods

Here's what we know about whether any foods are anti-angiogenic—in other words, able to block cancer blood vessel growth.

July 24, 2018
Dana-Farber Research , Research
Novel Compounds Show Promise in Protecting Against HIV-1

Scientists at Dana-Farber and other institutions have shown that compounds that mimic key proteins on white blood cells can inactivate HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, and potentially protect against exposure to the virus.

July 23, 2018
Psychosocial Oncology
How Cancer Patients Can Maintain Sexual Health

If changes in sexual health or in an intimate relationship are bothering you, look into getting help, says Sharon Bober, PhD. "These issues do not have to be the price you pay for cancer treatment,” she says. 

July 20, 2018
General interest
Does Nicotine Cause Cancer?

An addictive substance, nicotine produces a pleasurable, relaxed feeling when inhaled in smoke or vapor or when ingested from chewing tobacco.

July 19, 2018

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