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Immunotherapy benefits relapsed stem cell transplant recipients

July 13, 2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that using repeated doses of an immunotherapy drug can restore a complete remission for some relapsed stem cell transplant recipients.

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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?

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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.

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.

Researchers identify calorie-burning pathway in fat cells with potential for obesity treatment
June 30, 2016

Investigators at Dana-Farber have identified a natural molecular pathway that enables cells to burn off calories as heat rather than store them as fat.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's remains nation's #1 pediatric cancer program
June 21, 2016

For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center the nation's #1 pediatric cancer program in its new 2016-17 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

Surgery can lengthen survival of metastatic kidney cancer patients treated with targeted therapies, study finds
June 20, 2016

Researchers find cytoreductive nephrectomy may offer an overall survival benefit to patients with metastatic kidney cancer who are treated with targeted therapies.

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.


Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans? (mhealthIntelligence)
July 21, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel comments on using Fitbits to study exercise patterns among women undergoing breast cancer treatment.

Gene Therapy Trial Wrenches Families as One Child’s Death Saves Another (MIT Technology Review)
July 20, 2016

Dr. Alessandra Biffi, director of the gene-therapy program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, comments on treatment advances.


'Liquid Biopsy' May Show Whether Cancer Drugs Are Working (US News & World Report)
July 14, 2016

Dr. Erica Mayer comments on liquid biopsies to help treat cancer.

‘Precision Medicine’ Pills Shrink Little Girl’s Rare Brain Tumors After Chemo Fails (ABC News)
July 06, 2016

Doctors at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center launched a clinical trial for patients with a rare type of cancer called anaplastic astrocytoma.

Putting Breast Cancer on a Diet (New York Times)
June 28, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel is leading a study to see if weight loss should be prescribed as a treatment for breast cancer.

Reality check from Eric Lander: Majority of cancer cures will take decades (Boston Globe)
June 27, 2016

Dana-Farber is leading a national effort with The Broad to encourage patients with metastatic breast cancer to share their medical information.

Boston Children’s Hospital is best pediatric hospital in the country, report says (Boston.com)
June 21, 2016

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center was ranked highest for treating pediatric cancer in the latest rankings compiled by U.S. News & World Report.


Telephone Support For Young Women With Breast Cancer

July 27, 2016

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Via Telephone

A commitment to all 6 sessions is required.

This group is for women who are:

  • 44 years of age or younger
  • Within 12 months of breast cancer diagnosis
  • Interested in talking with women in similar situations
Facilitated by Molly Williamson, MSW, LCSW

Contacted Young and Strong to register, 617-632-3916 or youngandstrong@partners.org


Gentle Hatha Yoga

July 27, 2016

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Smith Building, Room 330

This gentle Hatha Yoga class is open to patients, families and friends that have been newly diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment, or in remission. Instructor, Ann Marie Turo will guide you in gentle stretches and breathing techniques that will calm you and leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Classes are complimentary and yoga mats are provided. Please contact the Zakim Center to register at 617-632-3322 or Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu.  


Mindfulness Meditation (Wednesdays)

July 27, 2016

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Stoneham Patient Services Suite, Smith Bldg., Room 335

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


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