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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.

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Immunotherapy agent benefits patients with drug-resistant multiple myeloma in first human trial

August 26, 2015

In its first clinical trial, a breakthrough antibody therapy produced at least partial remissions in a third of patients with multiple myeloma who had exhausted multiple prior treatments, investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report.


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.

Drinking coffee daily may improve survival in colon cancer patients
August 17, 2015

Regular consumption of caffeinated coffee may help prevent the return of colon cancer after treatment and improve the chances of a cure, according to a new, large study from researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care practices in Lawrence, Quincy, Stoneham, Weymouth honored for quality patient-centered care
August 17, 2015

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has recognized four Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care sites in Massachusetts for quality of their patient care services.

New study confirms presence of exercise-induced hormone in humans
August 13, 2015

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientist Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, who discovered a hormone linked to some of the positive benefits of exercise, reports he has confirmed the hormone — named irisin — is produced in humans and increases during exercise.

Religion rarely part of ICU conversation (Reuters)

September 01, 2015

Dr. Tracy Balboni wrote an editorial for a study that found doctors and other health care providers discussed religion or spirituality in less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit.

What Doctors Want You to Know About Breast Cancer (Woman's Day)
August 28, 2015

Dr. Harold Burstein provided insight to dispel some of the myths about what causes breast cancer.

Experimental Drug for Blood Cancer Shows Promise (
August 27, 2015

Dr. Paul Richardson led a study that found an experimental immune-boosting drug shows promise in fighting the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Explosion Of New Cancer Treatments Presents A 'Very Exciting Time' (
August 24, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder discussed former president Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has been diagnosed with melanoma and the latest treatment options available.

Sox manager Farrell has cancer; stepping away from team (Boston Globe)
August 17, 2015

Dr. Matthew Davids commented on Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell’s announcement of being diagnosed with lymphoma.

Former president Jimmy Carter has cancer (USA Today)
August 13, 2015

Dr. Charles Fuchs commented on former president Jimmy Carter’s announcement that he has cancer.

Suicidal Ideation Higher for Cancer Survivors (MedPageToday)
August 05, 2015

Research by Dr. Christopher Recklitis reported cancer survivors showing few signs of depression are still at significant risk for suicide.

Caregiver Support Group[4]

September 03, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Smith Building, Room 335

Support for caregivers and family members of cancer patients. Facilitated by Ruth Cope, Ph.D., LICSW.  

Registration is required. Please call Ruth Cope at 617-817-6280.


Mindfulness Meditation

September 03, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Smith Building, 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 diagnoses 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



Sunrise Qigong

September 04, 2015

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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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