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Three Dana-Farber faculty elected to Institute of Medicine

October 22, 2014

Todd R. Golub, MD, Margaret A. Shipp, MD, and Bruce M. Spiegelman, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nongovernmental organization that advises the nation on issues related to biomedical science, medicine, and health.

New chair of Radiation Oncology named at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
October 20, 2014

Daphne A. Haas-Kogan, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) effective July 1, 2015, and will be appointed professor at Harvard Medical School. She will also be the Endowed Professor of Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Health Care.

CDC awards grant to program for young women with breast cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
October 16, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) has awarded a $1.75 million 5 year grant to the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to increase the awareness of breast cancer among women and enhance the support services for those diagnosed and treated. The Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at Dana-Farber was one of only seven organizations to be awarded this competitive grant.

Use of intensive medical services for ovarian cancer patients at end of life increases despite rise in use of hospice
October 15, 2014

As more terminally ill patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers shows for one group of terminally ill cancer patients, that is not what is happening.

Hospice Doesn't Offset Intensive End-of-life Ovarian Cancer Care (

October 23, 2014

Dr. Alexi Wright led a study that found increasing the use of hospice in the final days of ovarian cancer does not offset intensive end-of-life care in older women.


Blood tests in the works for breast cancer (The Baltimore Sun)
October 22, 2014

Dr. Eric Winer commented on a blood test that could reduce the number of women who need chemotherapy after tumor removal surgery.


Forbes Under 30 Summit: How Biology Reinvents The Way We Understand Disease (Forbes)
October 21, 2014

Cigall Kodach, PhD, spoke about the problems in today’s biology and medicine research on a panel at the Forbes Under 30 Summit.


How Should Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients Prepare for Death? (PBS)
October 20, 2014

FRONTLINE’s “Being Mortal” documentary is based on Dr. Atul Gawande’s book “Being Mortal,” and follows several Dana-Farber patients through the final stages of life.

A puzzling rise in double mastectomies (
October 20, 2014

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, led a survey that found women who have double mastectomies generally overestimate their likelihood of getting cancer in the healthy breast.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Navigates Challenges of Pediatric Brain Tumor Program (
October 20, 2014

Dr. Mark Kieran discusses the challenges, the obstacles, and the ultimate joy of overseeing one of the country’s foremost pediatric brain-tumor programs.

Doctors credit 'Angelina Jolie effect' for increased genetic testing (WCVB-TV 5)
October 10, 2014

Dr. Judy Garber commented on the increasing number of women who undergo genetic testing and then choose double mastectomies.


Brain Tumor Support Group(6)

October 27, 2014

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Smith 335

Support for brain tumor patients and their caregivers. Facilitated by Debra Lafrankie and Nancy Tharler. Registration is required. Please call 617-632-3634 for more information and to register. more

Facing Forward After Breast Cancer Treatment - Weymouth

October 27, 2014

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

101 Columbian Street, Weymouth

Barbara Schnider-Ellis, LICSW and breast cancer survivor Jean Leavitt work to empower women through education and support in facing the many challenges in moving forward in their lives.  Registration is requested, but drop-ins are most welcome.  Please call 781-624-4797. more

Dana-Farber's Mammography Van(51)

October 28, 2014

Bowdoin Street Health Center

Dana-Farber's Mammography Van brings state-of-the-art breast cancer screening to the women of Greater Boston. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call 617-632-1974. more

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