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

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched, 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? 

Fitness program shows significant gains for cancer survivor participants

June 01, 2015

Study led by Dr. Jennifer Ligibel finds exercise programs can improve quality of life for cancer survivors.

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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.

Researchers identify origin of chromosomal oddity in some cancer cells
May 27, 2015

In a new study published in Nature, Dana-Farber scientists demonstrate how a sudden, isolated shuffling of genetic material — known as chromothripsis — can occur.

New chemical technology boosts potency of targeted cancer therapy
May 21, 2015

A new technology developed at Dana-Farber may make it possible to target "undruggable" proteins and overcome drug resistance by using a cancer cell's own protein-degrading machinery to destroy, not just inhibit, cancer proteins.

International study of advanced prostate cancer genome finds abundance of potential targets for drug therapy
May 21, 2015

First study of the genomic composition of prostate cancer shows many patients have gene mutations that can be targeted with existing or potential drugs.

Brain cancers like Beau Biden’s kill about 15,000 adults each year (Washington Post)

May 31, 2015

Dr. Brian Alexander commented on glioblastoma, the aggressive form of cancer that killed Vice President Joe Biden's son.

Vaccine helps brain cancer patients live longer (Reuters)
June 01, 2015

Dr. David Reardon led a study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting, that found adding an experimental, which enlists the immune system to fight cancer to standard therapy, helped patients with the deadliest type of brain cancer live longer.

New Class of Drugs Shows More Promise in Treating Cancer (New York Times)
May 30, 2015

Dr. Pasi A. Janne commented on a new drug that unleashes the body's immune system to attack tumors, which can prolong the lives of people with the most common form of lung cancer.

He had a 3.5-pound tumor and months to live. Here’s how he survived. (Washington Post)
May 29, 2015

Dr. Patrick Ott commented on the rapid rise of immunotherapy research.

Exercise offers cancer survivors significant improvements in quality of life (YaleNews)
May 28, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel co-led a study, presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO),that evaluated cancer survivors for quality of life, physical activity and fitness. Additional authors of the study include Drs. Sara Tolaney, Erica Mayer, Rachel Yung and Rachel Freedman.

Facebook is a friend to those suffering rare maladies (San Francisco Chronicle)
May 27, 2015

Dr. Irene Ghobrial discussed the role social media plays in healthcare and how a Facebook and Twitter post help recruit 200 patients for a clinical trial.

Parents of child cancer patients prefer honesty (
May 20, 2015

Dr. Jonathan Marron led a study that found it's better for doctors to be open with parents about their child's cancer prognosis, even if the news is bad.

Blood Drive(1)

June 03, 2015

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Copley Square Mall

Location: Copley Square Mall on Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116

Thank you for helping the many Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's patients who depend upon life-saving transfusions. When you donate blood or platelets at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital, or give blood on board the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile, you are making a life-saving difference for patients in need — right here in our community. All of the blood and platelets collected at the Kraft Center and on the Blood Mobile benefit patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Please contact the Blood Drive Team for appointments, questions or concerns.



Gentle Hatha Yoga

June 03, 2015

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

DA110 - Dana Bldg., 1st Floor, Room DA110

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


June 03, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

DA110 - Dana Bldg., 1st Floor, Room DA110

This one-hour class fuses the practices of Hatha Yoga and Pilates and is open to patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, and receiving treatment, or are in remission. This class will work on building strength, endurance, and flexibility, while toning the deep core muscles. Yoga mats will be provided, or you may bring your own. Family and friends are welcome. 


Patients in active treatment will need medical clearance from their physician prior to registration. 


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