Ovarian cancer , Patient Stories, Adult , Susan F. Smith Center
After Two Relapses, Ovarian Cancer Patient is Thriving

After two relapses, Janet Sheehan went on a clinical trial for her ovarian cancer. Four months later, her newest tumors were completely gone—and today, she's relishing in a growing list of family milestones.

September 18, 2018
Blood Cancer , Blood disorders, childhood
What is the Relationship Between Anemia and Cancer?

In the context of a diagnosis of cancer, anemia can be caused by the cancer itself, chemotherapy treatments, or both.

September 17, 2018
Blood Cancer , Immunotherapy , Research
Putting Natural Killer Cells to the Test in Cancer Immunotherapy

A growing number of researchers are testing the potential role of natural killer cells—"NK cells"—in cancer immunotherapy.

September 14, 2018
Blood disorders, childhood , Childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Battling Aplastic Anemia: Clinical Trial Gives Hope to Eli and His Family

Eli Morse has had to make major changes to his active lifestyle, but one thing has stayed the same: Eli and his family will continue to fight his aplastic anemia together.

September 13, 2018
Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
Stem Cell Transplant Recipient and Wife Provide Roadmap for Recovery

After undergoing the myriad challenges of a stem cell transplant and the procedure’s recovery, cancer survivor Peter Gordon is now helping others better understand the process from a patient’s point of view.

September 12, 2018
Pancreatic cancer
Finding New Avenues for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Through his cutting-edge research, oncologist Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH, is striving to broaden the treatment options available for patients with pancreatic cancer.

September 11, 2018
General interest , Psychosocial Oncology
Marijuana and Cancer: Common Questions and Myths, Debunked [Podcast]

Can marijuana control or cure cancer? Can it help with the side effects of treatment? We dive into these common questions and more.

September 10, 2018
Dana-Farber Research , Multiple Myeloma , Research
Study May Lead to New Approaches to Treating Early, Smoldering Myeloma

A study by Dana-Farber scientists and an international team of researchers could lead to better treatments for patients with smoldering multiple myeloma, a condition that often precedes myeloma.

September 7, 2018
Childhood , Fertility Preservation
What Parents Should Know About Fertility Preservation for Young Cancer Patients

With the advent of better treatments, more young patients treated for childhood cancers are surviving longer, and many reach the age when they consider starting families.

September 6, 2018
5 Leukemia Myths and Misconceptions [Podcast]

Although it is a recognizable cancer in name, there are still many different myths and misconceptions about leukemia. We discuss some of the most common ones.

September 5, 2018
Adult , Childhood
What is the Difference Between Cancer in Adults and Cancer in Children?

The differences between cancers in adults and children go well beyond age. In many respects, they are markedly different diseases.

September 4, 2018
Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Aggressive Breast Cancer Can’t Slow Young Mom Down

Ever since she was diagnosed with a form of aggressive breast cancer six years ago, Tara Shuman has channeled her abundant energy and optimism into getting through and beyond her cancer, and also on doing everything possible to help others facing it.

August 31, 2018
Thoracic Cancer
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Lung Cancer?

Here's what you should know about what to look out for.

August 29, 2018
General interest
Twenty-Five Years Later, Dana-Farber Research Nurse Remembers Patient Room Proposal

Twenty-five years ago, research nurse Stephanie Morrissey met a man named Tom through a fellow nurse and friend. Tom proposed to her in a patient's room—and today, they have three children.

Dana-Farber Research , Immunotherapy , Melanoma , Research
Discovery May Improve Immunotherapy for Melanoma

Scientists at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) have identified biomarkers in melanoma that could help tailor immunotherapy treatments to maximize the benefits for patients while reducing the likelihood of severe side effects.

August 28, 2018
Confusion and Cancer: What You Need to Know

Here’s what you should know about confusion—when it’s a symptom or side effect of a brain tumor, when it’s not, and what you can do to mitigate the problem.

August 27, 2018
Breast cancer
What is Ovarian Suppression for Breast Cancer?

Patients whose breast cancer is fueled by the hormones estrogen or progesterone are often treated with therapies that cut off or reduce the body's supply of these hormones.

August 24, 2018
Dana-Farber Research , Prostate cancer , Research
Dana-Farber Lab Finds Misguided Gene Regulator at Fault in Prostate Cancer

A recent discovery about prostate cancer suggests potential new targeted therapeutic strategies for this disease.

August 23, 2018
Brain tumors , Neuro-oncology
Common Brain Tumor Myths, Debunked [Podcast]

Brain tumors are some of the most complex types of cancers that exist. Here, we break down the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding them.

August 22, 2018
Metastatic breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
Metastatic Breast Cancer Survivor Thriving on Clinical Trial

A clinical trial at Dana-Farber has kept Sharon DeCosta’s stage IV metastatic breast cancer stabilized for three years, allowing her a full life of traveling and doting on her three young grandchildren, with a fourth due in December.

August 21, 2018

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