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Study finds potential predictive biomarker for response to PD-L1 checkpoint blocker

November 26, 2014

Scientists analyzed tissue samples from patients who had — and had not — responded to a promising new immunotherapy drug. The study could help identify patients most likely to respond to the new drug, which blocks PD-L1.

Stuart Orkin, MD, at ASH 2013 

Dana-Farber to Present at ASH 2014

Follow the highlights of Dana-Farber physicians and scientists at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in San Francisco, December 6-9, 2014. Learn about our presentations of advances in blood and cancer research — including leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and other blood disorders.

AAAS announces three 2014 Fellows from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
November 24, 2014

Three Dana-Farber Cancer Institute faculty are named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Researchers produce largest scale map of human protein interactions
November 20, 2014

Scientists will be better able to trace how genetic changes give rise to diseases ranging from cancer to Huntington’s disease with a new map of protein-protein interactions within human cells produced by researchers at the Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) at Dana-Farber and associates around the world.

Unveiling the effects of an important class of diabetes drugs
November 17, 2014

A research team led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital has uncovered surprising new findings that underscore the role of an important signaling pathway, already known to be critical in cancer, in the development of type 2 diabetes.

Fighting kids' cancer, one voucher at a time (CNBC-TV)

November 24, 2014

Dr. Stephen Sallan commented on drugmakers neglecting to fund research on pediatric cancers.

Illuminating the Interactome (The Scientist)
November 21, 2014

Researchers at Dana-Farber’s Center for Cancer Systems Biology produced a new human interactome map, based on a systematic screen of 13,000 human proteins that uncovered 14,000 protein-protein interactions.


Dana Farber Program Helps Young Adults With Cancer (WBZ-TV Boston)
November 21, 2014

WBZ-TV profiled the Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber.  Program director Karen Fasciano says they help patients aged 18-39 with the unique circumstances they face living with cancer.



Brokaw tours Dana-Farber (Boston Globe)
November 20, 2014

Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013, toured Dana-Farber and spoke at the Visiting Committee dinner.


Double Mastectomy Rates Rise Among Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer (Wall Street Journal)
November 20, 2014

Dr. Anne Partridge commented on a study that found double mastectomies do not improve the chances of survival for women at average risk of breast cancer recurrence.


Electrical Scalp Device Can Slow Progression of Deadly Brain Tumors (New York Times)
November 17, 2014

Dr. Patrick Wen commented on a study about an electrical device glued to the scalp that can slow glioblastoma growth and prolong survival.


Researchers Say New Cancer Drugs Are More Efficient (WBUR/NPR radio)
November 14, 2014

Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., talked about research to develop treatments for cancer that are more efficient and less toxic, by specifically targeting tumors using genetic analysis.


Sunrise Qigong(6)

November 28, 2014

Smith 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

 Presented by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies 

In this class, you will learn to stretch and strengthen your mind and body. 

Come relax, loosen and strengthen tired muscles, improve circulation, develop symmetry and balance and fine tune your mind/body skills. 

Program instructor, Ramel (Rami) Rones is on the leading edge of Mind-Body, Tai Chi and Qi Gong therapies for patients with cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain and other chronic conditions. For adult patients, family members and caregivers. All levels welcome.

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


Tai Chi for Optimal Health with Ramel Rones

November 28, 2014

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Smith Room, 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

An Internal Chinese martial art practiced for both defense training and health benefits. Learn sitting and standing techniques as well as slow moving meditation. Open to patients and family members. For more information or to register, please contact the Zakim Center at 617-632-3322 or more

Caregiver Support Group(2)

November 30, 2014

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Smith 335

Support for caregivers and family members of cancer patients.

Facilitated by Ruth Cope, Ph.D., LICSW

Registration required. Please call Ruth Cope: 617-817-6280

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