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  • Dr. Joseph Antin says it is important for people who have enrolled in a bone marrow donor registry to regularly update the registry whenever their contact information has changed.

Tags: StemCellTransplant

  • Dr. Michael Hassett says that the financial burdens associated with the cost of cancer treatments is growing as people are faced with high co-payments and health insurance premiums, and he added that the new treatments are becoming will be even more costly and complex.

Tags: CopingWithCancer

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is going to Cuba to have surgery on a second lesion in his pelvis. There are few details about Chavez's diagnosis, but comments made by Chavez and Venezuelan officials suggest he may have rectal or bladder cancer, or possibly soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Charles Fuchs said rectal cancer is more prone to local recurrence than colon cancer because the pelvis is such a crowded area that it is difficult for surgeons to get clean margins.

Tags: Sarcoma

  • The Bridge Project, a joint Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and MIT research program, is awarding $2.6 million in funding to support four research teams studying pancreatic cancer and glioblastoma. Dr. Matthew Meyerson and Dr. Keith Ligon will be among the Dana-Farber scientists whose work is funded by the program.

Tags: Grants, PancreaticCancer

  • Seven year old Ethan Bairos is not just some little boy - he's on the Brown University Men's Hockey Team. Ethan, a Dana-Farber patient, was drafted by the Brown Bears last October as part of Team Impact, a new Massachusetts non-profit that pairs kids with life-threatening illnesses with college sports teams.

  • Adolescents and young adults account for more than 77,000 new cancers every year. Dana-Farber has a program specifically designed to address the needs of cancer patients ages 19-39. Karen Fasciano, PsyD, says it is important to be aware of issues, such as fertility and emotional needs, that are unique to young adult patients.

Tags: ChildhoodCancer

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force's new guidelines recommend that women ages 21 to 65 undergo pap smear screening for cervical cancer every three years, Dr. Ursula Matulonis says cervical cancer is often slow growing and that it's highly unlikely to see changes from year to year if a woman has a normal (negative) pap smear.

Tags: CervicalCancer, GynecologicCancers

  • Sylvia Bartel, RPh, says the current drug shortages, especially for drugs that have been around for some years, is likely tied to the economics around generic drugs.

Tags: chemotherapy, PatientSupport

  • Dr. James Butrynski says for the majority of patients being treated with Doxil, changing treatment is a challenge because there's a risk that another medication won't be as successful. Sylvia Bartel, RPh, said that Dana-Farber has dedicated a full-time member of the pharmacy staff to monitor drug supplies, something she says they have never had to worry about until recently.

Tags: chemotherapy, PatientSupport

  • Dr. Charles Fuchs explains how aspirin can play a significant role in the fight against cancer.

Tags: Prevention

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