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  • The Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers is a leader in patient-centered care. Patients are active members in their care and play a central role in all decision-making. Our center is committed to ensuring that all patients receive the medical treatment, information, and support they need. From providing support groups, counseling and social work, to nutrition consultations and integrative therapies, we are committed to helping ease the burden of cancer for our patients and their families.

  • Experience the remarkable stories of past and current patients of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers.

    Duncan Finigan at the 2015 Susan F. Smith Center Executive Council Breakfast
    Duncan Finigan addressed attendees at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Executive Council Breakfast on April 16, 2015. Duncan shared her experience as a Dana-Farber breast cancer patient being treated by Eric Winer, MD, and the benefits of research for new treatments.


    Debbie Dorsey

    Then and now: Early Susan F. Smith Center patient explores breast cancer through film, comedy
    Breast cancer survivor Debbie Dorsey looks back on her time as a patient in 1998, remembering the care she received and how she dealt with her anxiety through filmmaking and humor.

    Suzanne Salit

    Full Circle: Malignancy to Motherhood
    At age 28, Suzanne Salit was exactly where she wanted to be. She'd earned her Master's degree in social work, landed an appealing job, and planned to start a family. When irregular bleeding prompted a visit to a doctor, she didn't think anything of it — until she got the call saying she had cervical cancer.

    Breast cancer during pregnancy: One woman's story
    Meghan Martin was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer while seven months pregnant with her third child. She was seen the next day at the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer at the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber. Martin, who says that diet and exercise played an important role in her treatment plan, went on to participate in her first Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual bike-a-thon that supports Dana-Farber, in 2013.


    Maura Perkins

    Living with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer — Maura Perkins
    "I can't pinpoint when I started to get ovarian cancer symptoms. It was all very subtle and gradual. I was a healthy person. I ran, biked swam, hiked, and went to the gym regularly..."

    Endometrial cancer: Recognizing the symptoms
    It's important to know the warning signs of endometrial cancer in order to catch it early. View this video to learn about common symptoms and hear from endometrial cancer survivor Megan Elkins and Dana-Farber gynecologic oncologist Dr. Suzanne Berlin.

    breast cancer patient Pam Zwemer

    Teacher travels 600 miles for Dana-Farber care
    When Pam Zwemer turned 50, she listed 50 things she wanted to try in her milestone year. Among them were ride a helicopter, taste the Japanese beverage sake, and attend a political rally. Definitely not on her wish list: Discover that her breast cancer, in remission for several years, had spread to her bones.

    Dancing for Hope, Friendship and a Cure

    Read how Susan Mendoza Friedman used her passion for dance to raise awareness and money for patient services and educational activities for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Nursing Career

    Read how Maggie Loucks, NP-C finds strength and inspiration caring for patients in the same place where she was once a patient.

    Mom, cancer survivor has 'a lot to celebrate' this Mother's Day

    Read how Michelle Maloney had faith and remained strong while undergoing chemotherapy during pregnancy.