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Scientists target molecular 'addiction' in triple-negative breast cancer

September 28, 2015

Drugs that inhibit CDK7 may be a new therapy for treating triple-negative breast cancer.


New Online Resource for Precision Cancer Medicine

Clinicians at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center are now armed with specialized tests to create a precise "tumor profile" for each patient's cancer. Learn about the latest thinking in precision cancer medicine from our researchers and clinicians, and explore a searchable database of clinical trials that focus on targeted therapies by disease, gene, and mutation.

Dana-Farber asserts joint inventorship on cancer immunotherapy patents
October 01, 2015

Dana-Farber is petitioning a federal court to determine that one of its scientists, Gordon Freeman, PhD, and another researcher are co-inventors on a series of cancer immunotherapy patents previously issued to a Japanese researcher and Japanese drug company.

New drug improves outcome in treatment resistant kidney cancer
September 25, 2015

A new drug for renal cell carcinoma slowed the growth of advanced kidney cancer in patients who became resistant to the first-line therapies that had previously kept it in check, according to results from a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Researchers develop strategy for determining how non-coding sequences contribute to disease risk
September 24, 2015

Dana-Farber scientists and colleagues use genome- and epigenome-editing tools to pinpoint disease-causing variants.

Almost one third of families of children with cancer have unmet basic needs during treatment
September 23, 2015

Almost one-third of families whose children were being treated for cancer faced food, housing or energy insecurity and one-quarter lost more than 40 percent of household income, according to a new study from Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center published in Pediatric Blood & Cancer.

Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment (Time Magazine)

October 02, 2015

Dr. Mehra Golshan and Dr. Eric Winer commented on why doctors are calling for a change in the way they treat certain breast cancers.

A New Effort Has Doctors Turn Patients Into Donors (New York Times)
September 30, 2015

Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., commented on Dana-Farber’s policy not to involve physicians in a patient’s decision to become a financial donor.

Report: Greater Lowell cancer rates higher than statewide (Lowell Sun)
September 28, 2015

Dr. Christopher Lathan commented on a study that found residents in Greater Lowell have higher cancer rates than the rest of the state, with the highest rates among poorer residents.

Senate OKs bill barring teens under 18 from tanning salons (
September 25, 2015

The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed a bill that would bar anyone under age 18 from using tanning beds. During a public hearing, Dr. Jennifer Lin said Dana-Farber sees 10 to 20 new cases of melanoma each week.

Two Boston Hospitals Are Studying Aspirin’s Effects on Breast Cancer (
September 24, 2015

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center researchers were granted a $10 million award from the Department of Defense to conduct research to determine if a daily aspirin regimen is beneficial to cancer patients.

Boston hospitals to bring cancer treatments to Bermuda (Boston Business Journal)
September 18, 2015

Dr. Daphne Haas-Kogan commented on Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center’s recent agreement with Bermuda Cancer and Health Center to bring radiation therapy and experts in radiation to patients in Bermuda.

Preliminary results suggest Mediterranean diet reduces breast cancer risk (USA Today)
September 16, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Ligibel commented on ways that women can reduce breast cancer risk by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding hormone replacement therapy.

Religion rarely part of ICU conversation (Reuters)
September 01, 2015

Dr. Tracy Balboni wrote an editorial for a study that found doctors and other health care providers discussed religion or spirituality in less than 20 percent of family meetings in the intensive care unit.

Zakim Center Drum Circle

October 05, 2015

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

Explore, express, and experience the empowering effects of drum circles with music therapist Heather Smist as your guide. We'll learn how drumming can reduce stress and increase self-awareness, then practice it ourselves. Drums provided. No experience necessary. Call 617-632-3322 or email to register. Open to patients, family members and staff.



Live Music and Meditation

October 05, 2015

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Stoneham Patient Services Suite, Smith Bldg., Room 335

Explore how music can help you decrease stress, anxiety, and pain, as well as guide you to a place of increased relaxation.

Program led by the Leonard P. Zakim Center's Expresssive Therapies Manager, Heather Smist, MT-BC.
Open to DFCI patients, family members and staff.
To register, please contact the Zakim Center at or 617-632-3322.


Thriving with Yoga - Londonderry

October 05, 2015

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry

Presented in cooperation with YogaCaps, Inc.  Open to those with a current or past cancer diagnosis.  Beginners or people experienced in yoga are welcome.  Caregivers may also attend.


Please call 603-670-0302 to register and for other days, times, and/or locations.


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