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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."

Dana-Farber scientists receive Stand Up To Cancer-Farrah Fawcett Foundation Grant for research in novel vaccine for HPV-associated cancers

April 07, 2014

Dana-Farber researchers have received a three-year, $1.2 million research grant from Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation to lead a team in developing and testing new vaccines for patients with cancers linked to the human papillomavirus (HPV).

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.

Study identifies lung cancer patients likely to benefit from potential immune system-based therapy
April 06, 2014

Investigators at Dana-Farber led by Leena Gandhi, MD, PhD, report a promising way of predicting which patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are most likely to benefit from a drug that frees up an immune system attack on tumor cells.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Steward St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center join to provide integrated cancer care
March 31, 2014

Beginning this summer, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will provide hematology and medical oncology care under a new agreement at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, a part of the Steward Health Care System.

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.

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's Racial Divide (WCVB-TV 5 Boston)
April 08, 2014

Dana Farber’s Mammography Van and patient advocates are helping to ensure that women in minority communities are getting cancer screenings.

New Bedford bans smoking at parks, beaches, playgrounds, zoo (SouthCoastToday)
April 03, 2014

Dr. Bruce E. Johnson commented on the health threat of secondhand smoke.

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



My Moments Phoneography

April 16, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Smith Room 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

Discover the power of smartphone and tablet photography to support health, healing and the celebration of life. Open to patients and family members. Please register at 617-632-3322. more

Yoga at Dana-Farber(3)

April 16, 2014

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Smith 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

Presented by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies

Energize your Wednesday afternoons!

Join us in developing your mind, body and spirit to its fullest potential through meditation, posture, and breathing exercises.

Join instructor, Anna Dunwell, MFA, ERYT, CYT in gentle exercises that are easy on your joints and which will expand your range of motion, create mental steadiness, and overall body comfort. 

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

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Music for Relaxation(2)

April 16, 2014

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Smith 330, Stoneman Patient Services Suite

Presented by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies 

Join us as we use music with meditation, imagery, and other tools for relaxation. 



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