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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.

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.

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.


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.

Boston hospitals to bring cancer treatments to Bermuda (Boston Business Journal)
September 18, 2015

Dr. Daphne Haas-Kogan commented on Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center’s recent agreement with Bermuda Cancer and Health Center to bring radiation therapy and experts in radiation to patients in Bermuda.

Preliminary results suggest Mediterranean diet reduces breast cancer risk (USA Today)
September 16, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel commented on ways that women can reduce breast cancer risk by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding hormone replacement therapy.

Drop-In Mediation - Tuesdays

October 06, 2015

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Smith Building, Room 330

Meditation is a mind-body practice that can help you relax and access a deeper awareness through connecting your mind, body and spirit. This forty-five minute class will help you learn a variety of meditation techniques, including breath and body focus, guided imagery and contemplation.


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. Registration is recommended, but not required. Please contact the Zakim Center for more information at 617-632-3322 or email



Tai Chi for Optimal Health

October 06, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

This class will focus on gentle movements and exercises. Learn and practice sitting or standing techniques, as well as slow moving meditation focusing on deep breathing and posture to help relax the mind and strengthen the body. This class is open to patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, are receiving treatment, or in remission. Family, friends and staff are welcome. Please call the Zakim Center to register at 617-632-3322 or email more

Sunset Qigong

October 06, 2015

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

In this class you will learn exercises of the mind/body through mindfulness awareness and fluid movement. These techniques will help you to relax, increase concentration, while utilizing the mind, body and spirit to help improve quality of life. This class is open to patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, are receiving treatment, or in remission. Family, friends and staff are welcome. Please call the Zakim Center to register at 617-632-3322 or email

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