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Precision medicine for lung cancer marks tenth anniversary

April 23, 2014

A study 10 years ago discovered a gene mutation that could be treated by a drug that was on the market for something else and changed the way lung cancer patients are treated. It was the start of the era of precision medicine in lung cancer and transformed treatment of the disease.

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Dana-Farber achieves 100 percent compliance for flu vaccinations

Last fall, Dana-Farber was lauded by the Boston Globe for having the highest vaccination rate in 2013 among Massachusetts hospitals, with 99 percent of staff receiving a flu vaccine. For the 2013-14 flu season, Dana-Farber did even better — achieving 100 percent compliance for flu vaccinations. "I am very proud of our employees for continuing to embrace our efforts to bring the Institute's flu policy in line with our other safety measures for averting the spread of preventable infection," says Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD. "Universal compliance should be every hospital's goal, and I am happy once again with our leadership in this area."

FDA approves first targeted drug for advanced stomach cancer
April 21, 2014

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a targeted drug for advanced stomach cancer.

Dana-Farber researchers uncover link between Down syndrome and leukemia
April 20, 2014

A team of researchers led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators has uncovered a connection between people with Down syndrome and having a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during childhood.

Scientists find potential drug targets in deadly pediatric brain tumors
April 06, 2014

Researchers studying a rare, always fatal brain tumor in children have found several molecular alterations that drive the cancer, according to a new study from scientists at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and McGill University. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, identify potential new targets for drug treatments.

Lilly’s Gastric Cancer Drug Wins Sales Clearance From U.S. FDA (Bloomberg News)

April 22, 2014

Dr. Charles Fuchs led a study of ramucirumab, the first targeted drug for advanced stomach cancer to secure FDA approval.

Elizabeth Warren Calls for More Federal Research Money (BU Today)
April 16, 2014

At a meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren, Dr. Barrett Rollins warned that young researchers were abandoning the field or taking jobs in more research-generous countries.

Immunotherapy Passes Early Tests in NSCLC (MedPage Today)
April 10, 2014

Dr. Leena Gandhi reported at the AACR meeting on a study showing a cancer immunotherapy that passed a key test in patients with lung cancer.

Breast Cancer Drug Results As Impressive As I've Ever Seen Researcher Says (NY Times)
April 06, 2014

Dr. Judy Garber and Dr. Eric Winer commented on an experimental medicine that has slowed the pace of advanced breast cancer, doubling the amount of time that patients could live without their tumors advancing.

Cancer between the Lines Video Project for Young Adults

April 28, 2014

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dana Building, Lower Level


Young adults coping with cancer can face a variety of challenges, including communicating with their caregivers. The Young Adults Program at Dana-Farber invites young adult patients to share the aspects of human connection that play a role in the experience of cancer. "Cancer between the Lines" will provide a platform to recognize, honor, and share the unique narratives of young adult patients and their caregivers at Dana-Farber. Patients and their primary or medical caregivers can participate in recorded conversations. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 617-632-6819 or email



Dana-Farber's Mammography Van(28)

April 24, 2014

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

South End Health Center

Our experts offer mammograms to women 40 years of age and older. For more information or to make an appointment, call Dana-Farber's Mammography Van office during regular business hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at 617-632-1974 or e-mail




Mindfulness Meditation(2)

April 24, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Smith 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

Presented by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies 

Elana Rosenbaum, LICSW is a leader in the clinical application of mindfulness meditation to cancer care 
Join us for some mindfulness-based stress reduction and breath awareness. 
Adult patients, family members and caregivers are welcome. 
Registration required. For more information and to register, please contact the Zakim Center 
at 617-632-3322 or at

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Gynecologic and Breast Cancer Caregiver Support Group

April 24, 2014

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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For caregivers of inpatients with a gynecologic or breast cancer diagnosis.  Lunch is provided.

For more information, please contact Bobbi Allison at 617-732-5670.


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