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Dana-Farber and Fitbit partner to test if weight loss can prevent breast cancer recurrence

April 27, 2016

Dana-Farber is teaming up with Fitbit to test if weight loss can help prevent breast cancer recurrence among overweight women with early stage disease. This first of its kind study has potential to create a new standard of treatment for millions of breast cancer patients around the world.

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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.

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD, receives Princess Takamatsu award from AACR
April 21, 2016

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD, of Dana-Farber has received the 10th annual Princess Takamatsu Award for "novel and significant work" in cancer from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

Anti-PD-1 immunotherapy boosts long-term survival in metastatic melanoma
April 17, 2016

One-third of patients with metastatic melanoma in a phase 1 clinical trial have survived five years after treatment with the immunotherapy drug nivolumab, which blocks the PD-1 immune checkpoint, reports a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientist.

Genomic makeup of colorectal cancers predicts immune system ability to fight tumors, study suggests
April 14, 2016

Colorectal cancers heavily bedecked with tumor-related proteins called neoantigens are likely to be permeated with disease-fighting white blood cells, researchers at Dana-Farber report in a new study.

New public repository of patient-derived cancer models aims to improve drug testing
April 11, 2016

Testing experimental cancer drugs in mouse models with patient-derived tumors could reduce the high failure rate of drugs in early clinical trials, according to a report from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists.

Fitbits Could Help Find New Breast Cancer Treatments (Boston Magazine)

April 28, 2016

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel is leading research to see if weight loss can prevent breast cancer recurrence.

New Test Diagnoses Cancer Faster, Offers Patients Better Treatment (WBZ-TV Boston)
April 28, 2016

Researchers at Dana Farber helped develop a new test called a Rapid Heme Panel to diagnose patients faster.

Childhood Cancer Survivors Often Feel Older Than Their Years (Health Day)
April 22, 2016

A study led by Dr. Lisa Diller shows surviving a childhood cancer can take a toll on health, and that young adults who've been through the ordeal often feel aged before their time.


Biden to cancer researchers: How can we move faster on this? (The Washington Post)
April 21, 2016

Dr. William Kaelin Jr., said to accelerate President Obama's "moonshot" initiative, collaboration among researchers is critical.

Bristol’s Opdivo Shows Benefits in Cancer Immunotherapy Trial (Wall Street Journal)
April 18, 2016

Dr. F. Stephen Hodi led a study showing more than one-third of advanced melanoma patients treated with the immunotherapy drug Opdivo have survived at least five years.

Many older black women miss out on targeted breast cancer drug (FOX News)
April 18, 2016

Dr. Rachel Freedman comments on a study showing older black women with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)–positive breast cancer are less likely than their white peers to receive targeted therapy.


Children’s cancer research is often ignored. Make it a ‘moonshot’ priority (Boston Globe)
April 14, 2016

Dr. David A. Williams, president of Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, comments on why pediatric cancers should be a priority for research funds.

Susan G. Komen Adds 16 Breast Cancer Research Leaders as Komen Scholars and Advisors (Breast Cancer News)
April 13, 2016

Drs. Kornelia Polyak, Tari King and Jennifer Ligibel are new leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy for the Komen Scholars international advisory group.


Mindfulness Meditation (Tuesdays)

May 03, 2016

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Stoneham Patient 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


Creative Arts Workshop

May 03, 2016

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Blum Resource Center, 1st Floor, Yawkey Center

Patients, family, caregivers, and staff are invited to stop by the Creative Arts Studio to create with artists and art therapists, and explore how expressive arts can support stress and pain management. All levels are welcome, no experience is required, and an array of materials is provided free of charge. For more information and to register, please contact the Zakim Center at 617-632-3322 or email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu. more

Live Music and Meditation (Tuesdays)

May 03, 2016

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Stoneham Patient Services Suite, Smith Building, 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 Expressive Therapies Manager, Heather Woods, MT-BC. Open to DFCI patients, family members and staff.

To register, please contact the Zakim Center at Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu or 617-632-3322


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