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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.

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.


Finding Clues in Genes of ‘Exceptional Responders’ (Boston Globe)
October 09, 2014

Dana-Farber patient Grace Silva served as a case study of an “exceptional responder” for a treatment she underwent at the recommendation of her oncologists, Dr. Jochen Lorch and Dr. Nikhil Wagle.


Mindfulness Meditation with Elana Rosenbaum, MS, LICSW

October 23, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Smith 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

 Presented by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies

Mindfulness is a way to pay attention to the present moment in a way that fosters love, kindness and self-care. Join us in practicing three different meditations, all of which can be useful in daily life to soothe mind and body. No prior experience is necessary--only a willingness to be present. Patients, family members, caregivers and staff are welcome.

Registration required. For more information and to register, please contact the Zakim Center at 617-632-3322 or at


Feeling Blue?

October 23, 2014

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

40 Buttrick Road, Suite B, Londonderry, NH 03053

Come learn about anxiety, depression and sleep difficulty that may develop when you are undergoing cancer treatment; what is "normal" and what is not.

Presented by Celia Felsenberg, LICSW, Director of Adult Services and Integrated Care, Center for Life Management


Facing Forward After Breast Cancer Treatment(2)

October 23, 2014

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Smith 330

A 6-session series for breast cancer patients who have recently completed treatment. Dana-Farber clinicians provide information through presentations and group discussion.

10/9 Session 1: After Cancer Treatment: Overview and Ask the Dr.
10/23 Session 2: Emotional Well-Being
11/6 Session 3: Coping with Uncertainty- Mindfulness
11/13 Session 4: Sexuality and Intimacy after Cancer
12/4 Session 5: Maintaining your Health: Eating Well and Exercise
12/11 Session 6: Conversation with a Survivor

A commitment to attending all 6 sessions is encouraged. Pre-registration is required. Contact Julie Salinger, LICSW at 617-582-8081 or Parking will be validated in the Yawkey/Dana-Farber Garage. This program is offered by the Div. of Social Work and the Breast Oncology Program w/ support from the Gillette Company Survivors Initiative.

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