General interest
Cancer Treatment Scams: How to Spot Them

A friend or loved one’s cancer diagnosis can spark a flurry of web searches for more information about the disease and the latest treatment options. And while the internet can be a useful research tool, the web can also be home to bogus claims about cancer treatments, scams, and unproven […]

January 19, 2018
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Childhood
“It Takes a Team to Tackle Cancer” – A Coach’s Perspective

By Tom Coughlin When a parent hears the gut-wrenching words, “Your child has cancer,” their only thoughts are for the child and how they can get well. Financial concerns are usually not on anyone’s radar. But financial toxicity, as it has been termed, is a reality — especially for approximately […]

January 18, 2018
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Ovarian cancer
Living with Ovarian Cancer as a Chronic Disease, and Celebrating Milestones

Whenever Joan Janssen meets fellow ovarian cancer patients, she shares words of wisdom that she’s gained from seven years of living with the disease. “This is a recurring disease; don’t be stunned if it comes back,” she tells them. “You fought it the first time. You can do it even […]

January 17, 2018
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Coping with Cancer , General interest , Health Topics , Palliative Care
What Happens When I Wear a Cooling Cap?

Scalp cooling is a treatment aimed at preventing or reducing hair loss during chemotherapy. It involves placing a tight, cooled cap on the head before, during, and after each infusion. The cooling cap is attached to a machine that circulates a liquid coolant through the cap. This cooling process reduces […]

January 16, 2018
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Blood disorders, childhood , CAR T-cell therapy , Childhood , Research
How Gene Therapy Works in Treating Cancer and Other Conditions

There are many types of gene therapy, but all of them involve adding to or modifying the genetic program in a person – his or her DNA blueprint that provides instructions for building and operating the body. Gene therapy technology has been developed over several decades and has been successfully […]

January 15, 2018
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Immunotherapy , Precision Cancer Medicine
Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy for Cancer: What to Know

Precision medicine and immunotherapy are changing the landscape of cancer treatment. The aim of precision medicine, sometimes called personalized medicine, is to match treatments to individual patients taking into account their genetic makeup, medical history, test results, and other distinctive characteristics. Unlike precision medicine, immunotherapy is a particular form of treatment, […]

January 12, 2018
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General interest
What is a Radiosensitizer and How Is It Used in Radiation Therapy?

A radiosensitizer, or a radiosensitizing agent, is a drug that makes cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation therapy. Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors by disrupting the DNA of cancer cells, causing them to die. Radiosensitizers can be drugs that kill or inhibit growth of cancer cells, like […]

January 11, 2018
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Lymphomas , Neuro-oncology
What is CNS Lymphoma and How is it Treated?

What is CNS lymphoma? Central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma is an extremely rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that involves the brain and spinal cord, the primary components of your body’s central nervous system. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that originates in lymphocytes, infection-fighting white blood cells that make […]

January 9, 2018
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Childhood , Neuroblastoma, childhood
Taking A Sideswipe at High-Risk Neuroblastoma

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. Cancer and other diseases are now understood to spring from a complex interplay of biological factors rather than any one isolated origin. New research reveals that an equally-nuanced approach to treating high-risk neuroblastoma may be the most effective way to curb […]

January 8, 2018
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Brain tumors , Patient Stories, Adult , Primary CNS lymphoma
Brain Cancer Survivor Shares Wisdom and Humor in Book

On what was supposed to be a memorable night for all the right reasons, things suddenly went terribly wrong for Marie Fricker. Arriving at Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the birth of her first grandchild, she began experiencing dueling discomforts that rooted her to a bench in the front lobby: […]

January 5, 2018
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Childhood
Why Are Children More Likely to Get Blood Cancers Than Solid Tumors?

Cancer is largely a disease that affects older people. The median age of a cancer diagnosis is 66 years, and one-fourth of new cancer cases are diagnosed in people aged 65 to 74. Adults are most likely to develop solid tumors such as breast, lung, colorectal, prostate, and bladder cancers. In […]

January 4, 2018
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Ovarian cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
New Interventions Address Sexual Health after Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Ovarian cancer often goes undetected before it reaches more invasive stages, but there is one aspect of the disease that frequently remains ignored even after diagnosis: Its impact upon a patient’s sexual health and function. Now, as research and treatment advances are allowing more women to live longer and healthier […]

January 3, 2018
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Immunotherapy , Kidney cancer , Uncategorized
Immunopatient: One Patient’s Story of Cancer and Immunotherapy

It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to take to a pen after a diagnosis. Peter Rooney’s taken that to another level. Rooney, a former journalist and author of the book Die Free, captured his cancer journey in the new book Immunopatient: The New Frontier of Curing Cancer. The following excerpt […]

January 2, 2018
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Uncategorized
How to Support A Grandparent Who Has Cancer

With more people living longer than ever with chronic or serious illnesses, grandparents with cancer are a rapidly growing group. Here are some tips for how children of almost any age can support a grandmother or grandfather facing cancer. If it has been sometime since you saw your grandparent or […]

December 29, 2017
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Mouth (Oral) cancers
Does Fluoride Cause Cancer?

For decades, some activists have warned of links between fluoride and cancer. But years of research confirm that “there is no reason to believe that fluoride, used in an approved manner, in any way causes disease,” according to Herve Sroussi, DMD, PhD, of the Department of Oral Medicine and Oral […]

December 28, 2017
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Chemotherapy
Can Cooling Caps Prevent Chemotherapy Hair Loss?

Scalp hypothermia, more commonly known as scalp cooling, is a relatively new treatment to try to prevent or reduce hair loss during chemotherapy. It involves placing a tight, cooled cap on the head before, during, and after each chemo session. The cooling cap is attached to a machine that circulates […]

December 27, 2017
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Research
How is DNA Sequencing Used in Cancer Therapy?

Cancer therapy is increasingly aimed at the fundamental abnormalities within cancer cells – the genes and proteins that normally keep cell division under control, but are damaged or faulty in tumor cells. To understand which genes are abnormal, where they’re located within the genome, and how they affect cell growth, […]

December 26, 2017
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Immunotherapy , Stomach (Gastric) cancer
Stomach Cancer: How Immunotherapy and Targeted Therapy are Changing Treatment

The approval of a targeted therapy and an immunotherapy drug for some patients with advanced stomach cancer reflects recent new approaches to this difficult-to-treat cancer that hasn’t had many therapeutic advances in recent years. Stomach cancer, uncommon in the United States but a leading cause of cancer death globally, causes […]

December 22, 2017
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Head and Neck Cancer , Salivary Gland cancer
Salivary Gland Cancer: What are the Symptoms?

Salivary gland cancer, a type of head and neck cancer, is a rare disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the salivary glands. It may not cause any symptoms, and it may be found during a regular dental check-up or physical exam. Signs and symptoms may be caused by salivary […]

December 21, 2017
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Breast cancer
What Are Breast Calcifications and Do They Turn Into Cancer?

Breast calcifications are signs of cellular turnover – essentially, dead cells – that can be visualized on a mammogram or observed in a breast biopsy. In most cases, mammographic calcifications are associated with changes in benign (normal) breast tissue, though in some cases they can be a sign of early […]

December 20, 2017
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Immunotherapy , Thoracic Cancer
Can Immunotherapy Help Patients with Small Cell Lung Cancer?

Small cell lung cancer is the most aggressive type of lung cancer. Unlike its far more common counterpart, non-small cell lung cancer, treatment with immunotherapy drugs hasn’t yet been approved for small cell lung cancer, but some early findings in clinical trials suggest this type of treatment may have potential. […]

December 19, 2017
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Blood Cancer , Childhood , Lymphomas , Lymphomas, childhood
Blood Cancers: How Do They Differ in Adults Versus Adolescents?

Survival rates associated with blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma have risen for patients of all ages in recent years, but this increase has been relatively smaller in adolescents and young adults – those aged 15-40 – than in children and older adults. There are likely to […]

December 18, 2017
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Brain metastases , Colon Cancer , Lung cancers , Pancreatic cancer
Is Nausea a Sign of Cancer?

Nausea and cancer are often related in that nausea can be a side effect of treatment, but can nausea be a symptom of cancer itself? If there is a tumor that lives in the colon, esophagus, stomach, or somewhere else in the bowel, it can cause a bowel obstruction. A […]

December 15, 2017
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Hodgkin lymphoma , Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
What Are the Different Stages of Lymphoma?

After a patient is diagnosed with lymphoma, doctors determine the stage of the disease – or how widespread the cancer is – and then come up with a treatment plan. As with most cancers, there are generally four different stages of lymphoma: I, II, III, and IV. In stage I […]

December 14, 2017
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Pancreatic cancer
Why is Pancreatic Cancer So Difficult to Treat?

Pancreatic cancer is seldom detected early enough for curative treatment to be performed – and even if it were, it would still be very difficult to vanquish. The pancreas, a narrow, six-inch-long gland that makes digestive juices and hormones such as insulin, is tucked away deep inside the body behind […]

December 13, 2017
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Research
Basic, Clinical and Translational Research: What’s the Difference?

“Research” is a broad stroke of a word, the verbal equivalent of painting a wall instead of a masterpiece. There are important distinctions among the three principal types of medical research — basic, clinical and translational. Whereas basic research is looking at questions related to how nature works, translational research […]

December 12, 2017
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Diet and Nutrition , Health and Wellness
What is the Relationship Between Tea and Cancer Prevention?

Drinking tea has been a practice around the world since ancient times, and often has been seen as a way of promoting good health. Whether tea – either the green or black varieties – can reduce the risk of cancer is a question that has been studied, but hasn’t yielded […]

December 11, 2017
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Blood Cancer , Blood disorders
Mastocytosis: What is It and How Is It Treated?

Mastocytosis is a rare type of mast cell disorder characterized by the abnormal accumulation of mast cells in various organ systems such as the skin, liver, spleen, intestine, or bone marrow. It is one of two major types of mast cell disorders; the other major, more common type is mast […]

December 8, 2017
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Cancer genetics, childhood , Care for children , Research
Gene Therapy Halts Progression of Cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy in Clinical Trial

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. Adrenoleukodystrophy — depicted in the 1992 movie “Lorenzo’s Oil” — is a genetic disease that most severely affects boys. Caused by a defective gene on the X chromosome, it triggers a build-up of fatty acids that damage the protective myelin sheaths of the […]

December 7, 2017
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Palliative Care
10 Things You Should Know About Palliative Care

It is a growing field of treatment, but there are still wide misconceptions about palliative care in the cancer community. Often mistaken as hospice, palliative care is focused on improving quality of life, reducing pain, and providing emotional support during cancer treatment. And it isn’t just for end-of-life, says Daniel […]

December 6, 2017
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Patient Stories, Adult
A Sun-Splashed Wedding, Then Hospice, For Dana-Farber Patient

Each day, Anthony Lewis Jr. showed up at the convenience store under the guise of purchasing a lottery ticket. He bought the tickets, but his real interest was in the woman behind the counter – an old high school classmate he was working up the nerve to ask out. The […]

December 4, 2017
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Blood Cancer
What is a Bone Marrow Biopsy and How Does it Work?

In a bone marrow biopsy, a doctor uses a needle to remove and examine a small amount of bone marrow, the spongy tissue inside some of the body’s larger bones. Bone marrow, which generates all the different kinds of cells within the blood, has the consistency of a gel in […]

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Blood Cancer , Immunotherapy
What Does It Mean to Have Inoperable Cancer?

A cancer can be inoperable for a variety of reasons. “Liquid cancers,” such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma, are considered inoperable by nature, because they involve cells or tissues that are dispersed throughout the body. Leukemia and multiple myeloma, for example, originate in abnormal cells of the bone marrow, […]

December 1, 2017
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Blood disorders, childhood , Immunotherapy , Uncategorized
CRISPR Enables Cancer Immunotherapy Drug Discovery

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. A novel screening method using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology has revealed new drug targets that could potentially enhance the effectiveness of PD-1 checkpoint inhibitors, a promising new class of cancer immunotherapy. The method, developed by a team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and […]

November 30, 2017
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Childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric , Precision Cancer Medicine
How Precision Medicine Turned Jesus’ Unique Tumor into an Operable One

This post originally appeared on Thriving, Boston Children’s Hospital’s pediatric health blog. On a hot, August day in a Boston park, Jesus Apolinaris Cruz cooled off with a water squirt gun fight with his mother and sister. As he nimbly ran and dodged their aim, he twisted around to sneak shots […]

November 29, 2017
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Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic Cancer: What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Pancreatic tumors are sometimes discovered during imaging studies — such as an MRI or CT scan — performed to investigate the onset of new symptoms or during evaluation for another condition. They may also be identified during screening for families with a known history of pancreatic cancer. The pancreas produces […]

November 28, 2017
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Research , Susan F. Smith Center
When Research Into One Cancer Sheds Light on Another: A Scientist’s Story

Whenever an advance against cancer is reported, it’s easy to imagine that it came about in an orderly and straightforward manner.

November 27, 2017
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Diet and Nutrition
Apricot Seeds and Cancer: Debunking the Myth

Although they were thoroughly debunked in the 1970s as anti-cancer agents, products made from apricot pits continue to be aggressively marketed to unsuspecting patients, according to a recent report in BuzzFeed. The idea that such products could fight cancer arose because apricot pits contain a substance called amygdalin, which is […]

November 24, 2017
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Non-Hodgkin lymphoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Giving Thanks: Stem Cell Transplant Recipient Visits Donor’s Home in Germany

Charles “Chuck” Vanada has been looking forward to Thanksgiving with his family this year, but the non-Hodgkin lymphoma survivor has already experienced feelings of gratitude in 2017 more powerful – and in places more unexpected – than anything he could have imagined. In April, Vanada and his wife, Debbie, traveled […]

November 22, 2017
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Childhood , Diet and Nutrition
Nutrition Tips for Childhood Cancer Patients

Nutrition plays an important role in a child’s cancer treatment. Side effects from treatment, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can make eating difficult for children. As a result, maintaining age appropriate weight, and supporting age appropriate growth, can be challenging. It is important to talk to your medical team regarding […]

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Head and Neck Cancer
Laryngeal Cancer: What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Laryngeal cancer symptoms may be caused by laryngeal (throat) cancer – a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the larynx – or by other conditions. The larynx is a part of the throat, between the base of the tongue and the trachea. The larynx includes the supraglottis, glottis (vocal cords), and […]

November 21, 2017
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General Adult and Pedi , Patient Stories, Adult
The Importance of Taking Care of Your Cancer Caregiver

By Allan Obsorne Although most caregivers are related to us, cancer patients like myself often receive care and support from non-family members, such as friends and colleagues. It’s important for us to reflect on the important role our caregivers play in our overall treatment. In my opinion, our caregivers have […]

November 20, 2017
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Research
What is CRISPR and How Can It Help Cancer Research?

CRISPR, a powerful new tool for editing the DNA instruction manual in animals and humans, is proving a boon to cancer research. Scientists say CRISPR has dramatically accelerated the process of making animal models of cancer and is speeding the search for new molecular targets for cancer drugs. The technique […]

November 17, 2017
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Head and Neck Cancer
Swallowing Therapy: How Can it Help Cancer Patients?

Swallowing therapy is often necessary for patients with head and neck cancer who undergo surgery or radiation since they frequently encounter difficulties with swallowing due to treatment. The jaw, tongue, lips, and throat muscles can all be impacted by treatment for head and neck cancers — including cancers of the […]

November 16, 2017
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Psychosocial Oncology
Can Anxiety or Depression Be a Sign of Cancer?

Many people experience anxiety or depression, or both, after a cancer diagnosis, studies show. But in rare cases, anxiety and depression can be an early symptom of a tumor in the brain. Doctors point out that anxiety and depression are among the most common health problems in the United States, […]

November 15, 2017
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Integrative Therapies
How Giving Hand Massages to Cancer Patients Helps Them – And Me, Too

By Hilda Santos One day six years ago, my sister Palmira called me from Dana-Farber with an idea. Her husband, Bob, was in treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and a volunteer had just approached his chair asking if he wanted a hand massage during his chemotherapy infusion. Seconds later, Palmira was […]

November 14, 2017
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Cancer Genetics , Immunotherapy , Precision Cancer Medicine
Treating Cancer by Location or Genetic Markers: Which is Better?

In the past, treating cancers involved classifying them primarily by the organ or tissue where they arose – like the skin, the lungs, the breast, or the colon. Today, it’s often possible to identify the genes and proteins responsible for a tumor’s growth, and, in some cases, to offer a […]

November 13, 2017
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Blood Cancer , Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
A Local Woman Opens Her Home To A Fellow Cancer Patient

Linda Nelson counts herself lucky to live near a facility devoted to researching and treating Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia, the rare blood cancer for which she has a genetic predisposition. Recently, when a unique opportunity arose to share her geographic good fortune, she responded quickly. Nelson is being monitored at the Bing […]

November 10, 2017
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Prostate cancer
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Prostate Cancer: What’s the Difference?

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostate cancer both involve enlargement of the prostate, the walnut-sized gland that produces fluid that makes up a portion of semen. The prostate sits below the bladder and surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. When the prostate increases in […]

November 9, 2017
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Melanoma , Patient Stories, Adult
Psychosocial Care Helps Amy through Cancer’s Mental Side

Cancer can feel like a slog — not just a physical one, but an emotional one, too. That’s how 56-year-old business owner Amy Macdonald describes the past year and a half living with metastatic melanoma. “The biggest changes in my life are the consequences of the treatment – fatigue, body […]

November 8, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Leukemias , Lymphomas , Multiple Myeloma
CAR T-Cell Therapy: Is It Right For You?

CAR T-cell therapy is a cancer treatment in which a patient’s immune system T cells are genetically modified to mount a more effective attack on cancer. To date, the therapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as standard therapy for just two groups of patients. […]

November 7, 2017
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Leukemias, childhood
Pediatric Leukemia: Signs and Symptoms

Pediatric leukemia is cancer of the blood and develops in the bone marrow. The bone marrow is the soft, spongy center of the long bones that produces the three major blood cells: white blood cells to fight infection; red blood cells that carry oxygen; and platelets that help the blood […]

November 6, 2017
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Bladder cancer , Breast cancer , CAR T-cell therapy , Childhood , Colon Cancer , Hodgkin lymphoma , Immunotherapy , Kidney cancer , Liver cancer , Melanoma , Prostate cancer
Cancer Treatment: A Look at How It Has Evolved in 70 Years

In 1947, when Dana-Farber Cancer Institute founder Sidney Farber, MD, set out to find a drug treatment for childhood leukemia, cancer treatment took two forms – surgery to cut out cancerous masses, and radiation therapy to burn them out. Cancers that couldn’t be removed or irradiated – either because of their […]

November 3, 2017
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Stem cell/Bone marrow transplant
What’s the Process Involved in a Stem Cell Transplant?

A stem cell transplant is an infusion of healthy stem cells. Stem cells are located within the bone marrow and are the cells from which all other blood cells and the immune system are created. Introducing healthy stem cells into the blood enables the production of all of the different […]

November 2, 2017
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Childhood , Precision Cancer Medicine
MATCHing Precision Medicine to All Kids With Cancer

This originally appeared on Vector, Boston Children’s Hospital’s blog. A multi-center clinical trial is now offering nationwide genetic profiling services to pediatric and young adult cancer patients across the U.S. The goal is to identify gene mutations that can be individually matched with targeted drugs. “This is the first-ever nationwide […]

November 1, 2017
0
Liver cancer
Signs and Symptoms of Liver Cancer [Infographic]

Primary liver cancer is cancer that forms in the tissues of the liver. Secondary liver cancer is cancer that spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Most liver cancer is secondary or metastatic. Primary liver cancer, which starts in the liver, accounts for about 2 percent of […]

October 31, 2017
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CAR T-cell therapy , Lymphomas
CAR T-Cell Therapy for Lymphoma: What You Need to Know

CAR T-cell therapy, like all forms of cancer immunotherapy, seeks to sharpen and strengthen the immune system’s inherent cancer-fighting powers. It involves treating patients with modified versions of their own immune system T cells ­– white blood cells that help protect the body from disease. The groundbreaking therapy recently became […]

October 30, 2017
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Metastatic breast cancer
Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer

In early 2015, Kim Delling had put her 2009 bout with breast cancer behind her. Then, at a routine checkup, her doctor ordered an additional test. “I knew something was up,” recalls Delling, a 50-year-old real estate agent in Wilmington, Mass. The cancer had come back. It had spread to her lungs, […]

October 27, 2017
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Breast cancer , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy and Breast Cancer?

Immunotherapy refers to treatments that use the body’s own immune system to combat diseases. While no immunotherapy drugs are currently approved for breast cancer, clinical trials at Dana-Farber and elsewhere are exploring the effectiveness of these drugs — and whether they could work in combination with other cancer therapies. “I […]

October 26, 2017
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Research
Discovery Suggests Approach to Preventing Peripheral Neuropathy

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, which affects about one-third of patients receiving chemotherapy, include numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet. Some patients don’t experience these symptoms after treatment ends, but in other patients, they are long-lasting. There is currently no preventive or treatment for peripheral neuropathy, which […]

October 25, 2017
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Exercise , Health Topics
Diabetes and Cancer: What’s the Link?

People with diabetes are at higher risk for some, but not all, forms of cancer. The relationship between the two diseases is complex and surrounded with unanswered questions. The strongest links are for cancers of the liver, pancreas, and endometrium, which are twice as likely to occur in people with […]

October 24, 2017
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Brain tumors, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Pediatric Survivors and Parents Find School Liaison Program is a Lifeline

Harry Clark has faced many academic challenges in his dozen years of brain cancer treatment, but through surgeries, radiation, and chemotherapy, one person has always been there to guide and reassure the high school junior and his family on scholastic matters. School psychologist Marybeth Morris, EdM, is one half of […]

October 23, 2017
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Health and Wellness
Cancer Treatment and Oral Health: What You Need to Know

When thinking of side effects of cancer treatments, nausea, fatigue and hair loss often come to mind – but what about oral health complications? Therapies that target cancer cells can also affect normal, healthy cells in the mouth and throat, and consequently, oral complications are common for cancer patients. What […]

October 19, 2017
0
CAR T-cell therapy , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
FDA Approves CAR T-Cell Therapy for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

A drug called Axicabtagene ciloleucel (KTE-C19) has become the first chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy approved to treat a form of cancer in adults, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. The decision means the drug, known as Yescarta, can now be used for some adults with refractory aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma […]

October 18, 2017
0
Cancer research , Endometrial (Uterine) cancer
Human Touch Surgeries, New Therapies Brighten the Picture in Endometrial Cancer

Although she had been fully prepped on what to expect, Barbara Losordo was a bit surprised at the ease and speed of her recovery from surgery for endometrial cancer. Discharged from the hospital the same day she had undergone the procedure, she needed no pain medication afterward. Within a week, she […]

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Breast cancer
Fact Check: Can Breast Implants Cause Cancer?

Some women choose to receive breast implants, for cosmetic reasons or breast reconstruction, following a mastectomy. But does this result in a heightened chance of developing cancer? Fact: Women with breast implants have an increased, but still extremely low, risk of developing anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin […]

October 17, 2017
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Leukemias, childhood , Patient Stories, Pediatric
Pediatric Patient and Social Worker Forge Bond From Clinic to College

Like many of Dana-Farber’s youngest patients, 3-year-old Hannah Packman brought a favorite plaything to each of her Jimmy Fund Clinic visits. Lulu the doll, however, was unique because of the extra attention she received from pediatric social worker Deborah Berk, LICSW. When Hannah had a blood draw, Berk arranged for […]

October 16, 2017
0
Metastatic breast cancer
How Radiation Therapy Can Help in Metastatic Breast Cancer

When breast cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, and/or other organs, it is called metastatic breast cancer. Depending on their location, metastatic cancer growths can cause pain and neurologic symptoms such as numbness and weakness. Patients with metastatic breast cancer, […]

October 12, 2017
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Blood disorders
POEMS Syndrome Patient Goes from Immobility to Recovery

The vow Chukwuma Anyanwu made to himself shortly after the birth of his third child in June 2015 speaks volumes, not only about the dire state of his health at the time but also about the mettle with which he is made. “My goal was to be able to walk […]

October 11, 2017
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Skin cancers (non-melanoma)
Skin Cysts and Cancerous Growths: What is the Difference?

New bumps or lumps on the skin can be concerning, especially if you aren’t sure whether it is a cancerous growth or a benign cyst. While it is often possible to distinguish between the two by touch and appearance, in some cases additional tests may be needed to determine which […]

October 10, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Male breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
What It’s Like When Your Dad Has Breast Cancer

By Brittany Collins “Men don’t get breast cancer,” a practitioner told my father, who had concerning symptoms and a sister who carries a BRCA-2 mutation. “You shouldn’t worry.” This was how my family’s cancer journey began. Years prior, my paternal grandmother passed away from the disease, and my aunt had […]

October 9, 2017
0
Brain tumors , Immunotherapy
What’s New in Immunotherapy for Brain Tumors?

Vaccines, drugs, and modified human cells that activate the immune system against cancer have improved outcomes and prolonged lives in some types of cancer in the past few years. For patients with glioblastoma, the most common primary brain tumor in adults, immunotherapy has shown some promise in clinical trials — […]

October 6, 2017
0
Leukemias, childhood , Research
What’s New in Treatment for Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)?

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is a type of leukemia in which a group of white blood cells, called lymphocytes, are affected. Leukemia is the most common form of cancer in children, and about 80 percent of children with leukemia have acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy was approved […]

October 5, 2017
0
Metastatic breast cancer
What Are the Symptoms of Metastatic Breast Cancer?

When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, such as the bones, brain, liver, or lungs, it is called metastatic (also referred to as advanced or stage IV). While it is not curable, metastatic breast cancer can be treatable — especially with the advent of new therapies, including biologic targeted […]

October 4, 2017
0
Blood Cancer , Chronic myelogenous - CML
Stem Cell Transplant Recipient Celebrates 20 Years of Life with Caregivers

Twenty years to the day after undergoing the stem cell transplant that saved him, Todd Ellison reunited with the Dana-Farber caregivers who changed his life – in more ways than one. Ellison, who was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in his early 20s, shared handshakes and “thank you” cake […]

October 3, 2017
0
Breast cancer , Patient Stories, Adult
From Healthcare Advocate to Breast Cancer Patient – And Back

When I was young, I wanted to be a doctor. I was the kid who would cry with my friends when they skinned their knees, and do whatever I could to comfort them. In college I learned there were other jobs in healthcare where I could help people, and I […]

October 2, 2017
0
Ovarian cancer
Testing a New Option in Ovarian Cancer Prevention

For women who inherit a breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene like mutant BRCA-1 or BRCA-2, the risk of ovarian and tubal cancers begins to rise significantly at age 40 to 45. Women at this age — and younger — are often advised to have their ovaries and tubes removed […]

September 29, 2017
0
Thyroid cancer
Thyroid Cancer: Symptoms and Signs

Located in the front of the neck below the voice box (larynx) and above the collarbone, the thyroid gland plays a very important role in regulating the body’s metabolism and function. Hormones released by the thyroid gland help to control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Learn More: […]

September 27, 2017
0
Prostate cancer
Can Immunotherapy Be Used to Treat Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer can be treated by immunotherapy, and it was the first form of cancer for which a vaccine therapy – a treatment that stimulates the immune system to attack a disease – was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That vaccine, called Provenge, was cleared by the […]

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CAR T-cell therapy , Lymphomas , Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: What’s New in Treatment? [Webchat]

Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is one of the two major subtypes of lymphoma, and about 72,000 people will be diagnosed with this cancer by the end of 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. There are more than 50 types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – including B-cell and T-cell lymphomas, as well as […]

September 26, 2017
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