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Testing for BRCA mutations reaches high levels among young women with breast cancer, study finds

February 11, 2016

In a new study, Dana-Farber researchers find that BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing for young women with breast cancer reaches new high levels. Results of these genetic tests are increasingly used to guide treatment and many who don’t carry such mutations still opt for bilateral mastectomy.

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched DiscoverCareBelieve.org, a new platform to illustrate what sets Dana-Farber apart — in research discovery... in expert, compassionate care... and in our strong belief in progress for people with cancer everywhere.

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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.

Alternative proteins encoded by the same gene have widely divergent functions in cells
February 11, 2016

In a first large-scale systematic study led by researchers at Dana-Farber, scientists found that most sibling proteins – known as "protein isoforms" encoded by the same gene – often play radically different roles within tissues and cells, however alike they may be structurally.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center names Christopher Lathan, MD, as Medical Director
February 10, 2016

Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH, is the new medical director of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. The partnership between Dana-Farber and St. Elizabeth's enables patients to receive the benefit of Dana-Farber's advances in care and research at their local hospital.

Dana-Farber to study ways to reduce overtreatment of DCIS
February 05, 2016

Dana-Farber investigators receive $13.3 million in funding to study whether some groups of patients with DCIS who do not benefit from standard treatment, could be effectively managed with surveillance alone.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Belfer Center announces Immuno-Oncology research collaboration with Array BioPharma
February 01, 2016

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute today announced an immuno-oncology collaboration with potential applicability in a wide range of oncology indications with Array BioPharma.

Dana-Farber Joins Coalition Calling for Better HPV Vaccination Rates (Boston Magazine)

February 01, 2016

Dana-Farber is one of 70 top cancer centers nationwide releasing a joint statement encouraging HPV vaccinations.

Two Studies Explore Clinical Utility of Tumor Sequencing in Pediatric Oncology (Genome Web)
January 28, 2016

Dr. Katherine Janeway led a study finding some pediatric cancer patients harbor mutations in their tumor or germline that have potential clinical significance, either for diagnosis or treatment.

Calls intensify to get Medicare to pay for genetic sequencing of tumors (Boston Globe/STAT)
January 26, 2016

Dr. George Demetri comments on the call for Medicare and Medicaid to pay for advanced gene-sequencing of tumors.

Christopher J. Recklitis, PhD, MPH, on Fatigue and Sleep Disturbances (ASCO Post)
January 20, 2016

Dr. Christopher Recklitis commented on patient issues as part of the 2016 cancer survivorship symposium in San Francisco.

Families give insights into end-of-life choices (CBS News)
January 20, 2016

Dr. Alexi Wright led a study showing families of terminally ill cancer patients say end-of-life care is better when the patient is at home or in hospice care, not in the hospital intensive care unit.

VP Bidens fight to find cancer cure (MSNBC)
January 19, 2016

Dr. George Demetri discusses the moonshot initiative to conquer cancer.

Opinion: What A Cancer Cure ‘Moon Shot’ Might Look Like (WBUR-Radio)
January 14, 2016

Dr. Barrett Rollins talks about President Obama's new national effort called "moon shot" to help in the fight against cancer.

Biden staff to cancer researchers: Tell us what we can do quickly (STAT)
January 11, 2016

Dr. George Demetri commented on Vice-President Joe Biden's push for new cancer research and treatments.


Sunrise Qigong

February 12, 2016

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Smith Building, Room 330

In this class you will learn exercises of the mind/body through mindfulness awareness and fluid movement. These techniques will help you to relax, increase concentration, while utilizing the mind, body and spirit to help improve quality of life. This class is open to patients who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, are receiving treatment, or in remission. Family, friends and staff are welcome. Please call the Zakim Center to register at 617-632-3322 or email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu.

Tai Chi for Optimal Health with Ramel Rones

February 12, 2016

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

An Internal Chinese martial art practiced for both defense training and health benefits. Learn sitting and standing techniques as well as slow moving meditation. Family, friends and staff are welcome. For more information or to register, please contact the Zakim Center at 617-632-3322 or Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu.

Mobile Music Open Studio

February 12, 2016

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Smith Building, Room 330

Experience the new Mobile Music Studio, and explore how creativity through music is a therapeutic and enriching tool for stress and pain management. Using the technology of a fully functioning recording studio, patients can learn studio basics during our drop-in hours or schedule studio time to write and record your own music. No experience is necessary. This program is led by the Zakim Center's Expressive Therapies manager, Heather Woods, MT-BC. Contact the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies for any questions: 617-632-3322 or email Zakim_Center@dfci.harvard.edu. more

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