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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.

Fremonta Meyer, MD

Live text chat: Tips for Managing 'Chemobrain'

Join Fremonta Meyer, MD, on Thursday, December 3, at 12:00 p.m. ET, to learn tips for managing this common side effect. Dr. Meyer, a clinical psychiatrist in Dana-Farber's Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, will discuss tips for managing chemobrain and will take questions live.


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(3)

December 01, 2015

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Partners E-Care

Partners E-Care

Location: 1 Ave de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111 


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.




Mindfulness Meditation

December 01, 2015

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Tues&Thurs - Smith 300, Wednesday - Smith 335

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 zakim_center@dfci.harvard.edu.



Decoupage Coasters

December 01, 2015

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Creative Arts Studio in the Blum Resource Center, Yawkey Center, Floor 1

Creative Arts Studio Workshop: Make a personalized work of art that you can use in your home.

Please contact the Zakim Center for more information at 617-632-3322 or email zakim_center@dfci.harvard.edu.



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