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Study shows new cancer drug safe and promising for patients with acute myelogenous leukemia

August 12, 2016

A new study led by Dana-Farber researchers shows Venclexta, the first of a new class of drugs that targets cancer cells’ survival proteins, achieved responses in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) who had relapsed or were resistant to or couldn’t tolerate chemotherapy.

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Remembering Mrs. Susan F. Smith

The Dana-Farber community is deeply saddened by the loss of Mrs. Susan F. Smith, who was a tireless advocate for, and supporter of, women’s cancer care and research. Mrs. Smith was the epitome of hope and action at Dana-Farber and within the wider community. She led by example, encouraged others, and touched countless lives.

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"Discover. Care. Believe." highlights Dana-Farber breakthroughs

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched DiscoverCareBelieve.org, a new platform to illustrate what sets Dana-Farber apart — in research discovery... in expert, compassionate care... and in our strong belief in progress for people with cancer everywhere.

What do you #DiscoverCareBelieve?

Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH

New Online Resource for Precision Cancer Medicine

Clinicians at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center are now armed with specialized tests to create a precise "tumor profile" for each patient's cancer. Learn about the latest thinking in precision cancer medicine from our researchers and clinicians, and explore a searchable database of clinical trials that focus on targeted therapies by disease, gene, and mutation.

Insurance status impacts survival in men with testicular cancer
August 08, 2016

Men with testicular cancer who were uninsured or on Medicaid had a higher risk of death from what is normally a curable disease than insured patients, a new study from Dana-Farber researchers found.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute monetizes royalty interests derived from immunotherapy patents with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
August 05, 2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has monetized a portion of its interest in royalties defined by certain licensing agreements related to its Programmed Death Ligand-1 (PD-L1) intellectual property.

U.S. News & World Report names Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center the best in the region in cancer
August 02, 2016

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center has been named the best for cancer care in New England for the 16th straight year, and fourth overall in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Stamford Hospital joins Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Care Collaborative
July 13, 2016

The Stamford Hospital Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center is the newest member of the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Care Collaborative (DF/BWCCC), and the first in Connecticut, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced today. Participation in the collaborative reflects the Bennett Cancer Center’s demonstrated commitment to excellence by meeting a wide array of standards and best practices.

Women with dense breasts may need annual mammograms (FOX News)

August 23, 2016

Dr. Pamela DiPrio commented on a new study showing women with dense breasts may need yearly breast cancer screening to detect tumors.

Study Finds Venetoclax Monotherapy Safe and Clinically Active in AML (ASCO Post)
August 16, 2016

Dr. Anthony Letai led a study showing a new cancer drug is safe and promising for patients with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia or AML.

Patients With Two Different Cancers, Without Insurance Had Higher Death Risk, Studies Find (ABC News)
August 09, 2016

Dr. Christopher Sweeney led a study showing the importance of health insurance for cancer patients.

Immunotherapy Drug Opdivo Fails Clinical Trial to Expand Use (New York Times)
August 08, 2016

Dr. Pasi Janne comments on the failure of a new drug as an initial treatment for patients with lung cancer.

Scientists Raising Their Own Funds For Cancer Research (Huffington Post)
August 04, 2016

Dr. Matthew S. Davids is helping to raise money to fund his own research. It’s a growing trend among doctors and scientists in reaction to the National Institutes of Health budget being flat for a long time.

These Massachusetts hospitals made U.S. News best hospital list (Boston Business Journal)
August 02, 2016

Dana-Farber was named fourth in cancer care in this year's U.S. News and World Report top hospital rankings.

Susan Smith, 83; philanthropist’s passion transformed cancer care (Boston Globe)
August 02, 2016

Dr. Eric Winer talked about how Susan F. Smith helped bring together all of women’s cancers under one umbrella at Dana-Farber.


Beauty Program for Cancer Patients (WUNI Boston)
July 26, 2016

Magnolia Contreras, Director of Community Benefits at Dana-Farber, talked (in Spanish) about a program that teaches cancer patients cosmetic techniques to help them cope with appearance-related side effects.


Mindfulness Meditation (Thursdays)

August 25, 2016

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Stoneham Patients Services Suite, Smith Bldg., Room 330

Mindfulness meditation can help you relax, reduce anxiety, stress and negative emotions as well as increase your sense of well-being. In this one hour class, you will learn techniques to help focus your mind on the present moment to raise awareness of your thoughts with acceptance, patience, and compassion.


This class is open to patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, are receiving treatment, or are in remission. Family, friends, and staff are also welcome.

Sessions are led by Patty Arcari, RN, PhD, Program Manager for Meditation and Mindfulness Programming, Zakim Center. Please contact the Zakim Center for more information at 617-632-3322 or email zakim_center@dfci.harvard.edu


Zakim Center Drum Circle

August 25, 2016

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

Explore, express, and experience the empowering effects of drum circles with music therapist Heather Smist as your guide. We'll learn how drumming can reduce stress and increase self-awareness, then practice it ourselves. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Call 617-632-3322 or email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu to register. Open to patients, family members and staff.



Coping with Cancer Support Group-Milford(2)

August 25, 2016

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

20 Prospect Street, Milford, 2nd Floor Conference

A support group for men and women living with cancer. Discuss ways to cope with fear and anxiety and share hope and meaning with others facing similar challenges.

Call Ann Sullivan, LICSW for more information: 508-488-3783. Registration is not required. Family members are welcome.

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