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Disparities in outcomes for children with rare eye cancer suggest unequal access to primary care

October 05, 2015

Disparities in outcomes for children with retinoblastoma — a rare eye tumor usually discovered in routine pediatric check-ups — suggest unequal access to primary care, researchers from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center report in a study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Although virtually all the children in the study survived, Hispanic children and children who lived in disadvantaged areas were more likely to lose an eye due to late diagnosis.

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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.

Dana-Farber asserts joint inventorship on cancer immunotherapy patents
October 01, 2015

Dana-Farber is petitioning a federal court to determine that one of its scientists, Gordon Freeman, PhD, and another researcher are co-inventors on a series of cancer immunotherapy patents previously issued to a Japanese researcher and Japanese drug company.

Scientists target molecular 'addiction' in triple-negative breast cancer
September 28, 2015

Drugs that inhibit CDK7 may be a new therapy for treating triple-negative breast cancer.

New drug improves outcome in treatment resistant kidney cancer
September 25, 2015

A new drug for renal cell carcinoma slowed the growth of advanced kidney cancer in patients who became resistant to the first-line therapies that had previously kept it in check, according to results from a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Researchers develop strategy for determining how non-coding sequences contribute to disease risk
September 24, 2015

Dana-Farber scientists and colleagues use genome- and epigenome-editing tools to pinpoint disease-causing variants.

Catching Breast Cancer Early Saves Lives, Study Confirms (

October 08, 2015

Dr. Hal Burstein and Dr. Ines Vaz-Luis comment on a study that shows diagnosis of breast cancer at an early stage remains vital.

What Non-Smokers Need To Know About Lung Cancer (The Huffington Post)
October 06, 2015

Dr. Pasi A. Jänne commented about the rise in women in the United States being diagnosed with lung cancer who never smoked cigarettes.

Study: Angelina Jolie breast cancer battle increased surgery awareness (WHDH-TV 7)
October 05, 2015

In a new study, Dr. Judy Garber credits actress Angelina Jolie’s battle with breast cancer for increasing public awareness of breast cancer surgery options.


Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment (Time Magazine)
October 02, 2015

Dr. Mehra Golshan and Dr. Eric Winer commented on why doctors are calling for a change in the way they treat certain breast cancers.

A New Effort Has Doctors Turn Patients Into Donors (New York Times)
September 30, 2015

Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., commented on Dana-Farber’s policy not to involve physicians in a patient’s decision to become a financial donor.

Report: Greater Lowell cancer rates higher than statewide (Lowell Sun)
September 28, 2015

Dr. Christopher Lathan commented on a study that found residents in Greater Lowell have higher cancer rates than the rest of the state, with the highest rates among poorer residents.

Senate OKs bill barring teens under 18 from tanning salons (
September 25, 2015

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds. During a public hearing, Dr. Jennifer Lin said Dana-Farber sees 10 to 20 new cases of melanoma each week.

Two Boston Hospitals Are Studying Aspirin’s Effects on Breast Cancer (
September 24, 2015

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center researchers were granted a $10 million award from the Department of Defense to conduct research to determine if a daily aspirin regimen is beneficial to cancer patients.

Zakim Center Drum Circle

October 12, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 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 to register. Open to patients, family members and staff.



Live Music and Meditation

October 12, 2015

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Stoneham Patient Services Suite, Smith Bldg., Room 335

Explore how music can help you decrease stress, anxiety, and pain, as well as guide you to a place of increased relaxation.

Program led by the Leonard P. Zakim Center's Expresssive Therapies Manager, Heather Smist, MT-BC.
Open to DFCI patients, family members and staff.
To register, please contact the Zakim Center at or 617-632-3322.


Thriving with Yoga - Londonderry

October 12, 2015

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry

Presented in cooperation with YogaCaps, Inc.  Open to those with a current or past cancer diagnosis.  Beginners or people experienced in yoga are welcome.  Caregivers may also attend.


Please call 603-670-0302 to register and for other days, times, and/or locations.


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