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  • A study by Jennifer Mack published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that while most patients with advanced cancer have had end-of-life discussions, they tend to occur during acute hospital care and focus on advance directives rather than advance care planning.

Tags: EndOfLife

  • Lung cancer patients and their families often hope for more from treatment aimed at making them more comfortable, and oncologists may be failing to communicate to patients the limits of measures being offered, according to a study from Dr. Jane Weeks and Dr. Deborah Schrag.

Tags: BasicResearch, EndOfLife

  • Dr. F. Stephen Hodi commented on advances in melanoma treatments.

Tags: Melanoma

  • A study has shown that African Americans are more likely than whites to die from cancer. Dr. Christopher Lathan said although the disparity gap is decreasing, more progress is needed to close it.

Tags: Disparities, PopulationScience

  • Dr. Lisa Diller comments on her study showing that women who had cancer in childhood have good odds of eventually conceiving, even if they'd tried unsuccessfully for a year to get pregnant.

Tags: BasicResearch, ChildhoodCancer

  • A study by Dr. Gregory Abel showed the overall survival rates were the same in MDS patients age 60 to 65 years who received stem cell transplants compared to patients older than 66 years.

Tags: BasicResearch, StemCellTransplant

  • According to Dr. Ann Partridge, new findings suggest that as breast cancer continues to be better characterized molecularly, and therapies such as trastuzumab are developed, the importance of age with regard to prognosis will diminish.

Tags: BasicResearch, BreastCancer

  • Dana-Farber patient Anita Cutler met the bone marrow donor she credits with saving her life.

Tags: StemCellTransplant, Leukemia

  • This year’s WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon raised over $3.3 million for patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. The two-day event featured personal stories of patients, clinical staff and researchers.

Tags: JimmyFund, Partnerships, RadioTelethon, Development

  • Dr. Ilana M. Braun comments on a new analysis that finds within two years of a cancer diagnosis, depression in patients and their spouses tends to drop back to roughly the same levels as in the general population, but is replaced by anxiety. 

Tags: BasicResearch, CopingWithCancer

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