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  • In a recent national study led by Dr. Jane Weeks, 69 percent of those with stage 4 lung cancer and 81 percent of those with stage 4 colon cancer failed to understand that chemotherapy was not at all likely to cure their cancer.

Tags: chemotherapy, EndOfLife

  • Nine factors explain some of the variance in the quality of life of patients with advanced cancer in end-of-life care, according to a study led by Dr. Holly Prigerson and associates at Dana-Farber and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Tags: EndOfLife

  • Dr. Paul Richardson, clinical director for Dana-Farber's Jerome Lipper Center for Multiple Myeloma, shared the latest prognosis on treating and surviving this disease.

Tags: MultipleMyeloma

  • LIVESTRONG at the West Roxbury Y is an adult cancer survivor program focusing on improving participants' physical health through exercise. Participants are involved in a research project conducted by Dana-Farber and the Yale School of Public Health to gauge the overall effects of the LIVESTRONG program on cancer survivors.

Tags: Exercise, Survivorship

  • To commemorate the date of his final chemotherapy treatment, Natick High School vice principal Zach Galvin celebrated his self-proclaimed “Yahoo Day” by donating iTunes gift cards to the Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Tags: JimmyFund

  • 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

  • Sarah Reed, a social worker with the Adult Survivorship Program at Dana-Farber, offers some tips for cancer patients and others dealing with chronic illnesses to help them manage the holidays.

Tags: PatientSupport, Survivorship, CopingWithCancer

  • Treated at Dana-Farber by Dr. David Jackman and Dr. Raymond Mak, reporter Bill Shields of WBZ-TV is now cancer free.

Tags: LungCancer

  • A study led by Dr. Julia Hayes shows watching and routinely examining men with early, slow-growing prostate cancer is more effective and cheaper than sending them to surgery or radiation right away.

Tags: BasicResearch, ProstateCancer

  • 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

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