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Researchers call for hospitals to establish bereavement programs for families of deceased patients

November 11, 2015

Backed by a growing body of research, investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are calling for all hospitals to establish bereavement programs for families of deceased patients.

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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?


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.

Genome study identifies seven genetic subtypes of prostate cancer
November 06, 2015

New findings on prostate cancer from The Cancer Genome Atlas may enable doctors to make better diagnoses and prognoses for patients and provide novel directions for therapies.

$20 million Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research challenge gift to expand collaborative cancer research between Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and MIT’s Koch Institute
October 28, 2015

The Commonwealth Foundation for Cancer Research has pledged $20 million to the Bridge Project, a collaborative research program of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, to accelerate the translation of interdisciplinary cancer solutions toward the clinic.

Study uses gene editing to take brakes off lab-based red blood cell production
October 22, 2015

Turning off a single gene leads to a roughly three-to-five-fold gain in the yield of laboratory methods for producing red blood cells from stem cells, according to new research published in Cell Stem Cell. The findings suggest a way to cost-effectively manufacture red blood cells from stem cells; the patients who could potentially benefit include those who cannot use blood currently available in blood banks.

Discovery opens door to new strategy for cancer immunotherapy
October 19, 2015

New research by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists raises the prospect of cancer therapy that works by converting a tumor's best friends in the immune system into its gravest enemies.

Celldex Vaccine Rindopepimut Cuts Death Risk From Brain Cancer (Wall Street Journal)

November 24, 2015

A study led by Dr. David Reardon shows a new vaccine increases long term survival in certain brain cancer patients.

Obama’s new cancer Rx is a war on men (New York Post)
November 25, 2015

Dr. Anthony D’Amico comments on the availability of the PSA test for men to check for Prostate cancer.

Childhood Cancer Risk Hides in Families (Scientific American)
November 19, 2015

Lisa Diller comments on a study that shows a substantial number of children with cancer carry cancer-predisposing mutations inherited from a parent.

Prostate Cancer Screening, Detection Both Down in U.S. (US News & World Report)
November 19, 2015

Fewer U.S. men are being screened for prostate cancer, and fewer cases of the disease are being diagnosed nationwide, according to researchers at Dana-Farber.

Could Pregnancy Affect Your Risk of Breast Cancer? Here’s What You Need to Know (Vogue)
November 16, 2015

Dr. Ann Partridge comments on breast cancer patients who are pregnant and how they should be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to their doctor.

Solving The Problem Of Too Much Cancer Data (Forbes)
November 13, 2015

Seven major U.S. and European cancer institutions including Dana-Farber are banding together to study the massive amounts of data produced by sequencing tests in an effort to improve treatment decisions.

Dana Farber luncheon a chance to share stories, advancements (WickedLocal.com)
November 06, 2015

A Dana-Farber patient talks about the Executive Council luncheon aimed at supporting the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at the Institute.

A promising option for breast cancer surgery (CBS News)
November 05, 2015

Dr. Mehra Golshan talks about the benefits of a new advance in reconstructive surgery for women with breast cancer.

Blood Drive(2)

November 30, 2015

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Lesley University

Lesley University

Location: 70 Mellen Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


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 appointment information, questions or concerns.



Zakim Center Drum Circle

November 30, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

Explore, express, and experience the empowering effects of drum circles with music therapist Heather Smist as your guide. We'll learn how drumming can reduce stress and increase self-awareness, then practice it ourselves. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Call 617-632-3322 or email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu to register. Open to patients, family members and staff.



Live Music and Meditation

November 30, 2015

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Stoneham Patient Services Suite, Smith Bldg., 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 Expresssive Therapies Manager, Heather Smist, 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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