• 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.

          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.