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Irene Ghobrial, MD, and David Steensma, MD, lead the Center for Prevention of Progression.
The Center for Prevention of Progression is the first-of-its-kind clinic for patients with precursor conditions of hematologic malignancies. Building on Dana-Farber's past and ongoing research efforts of precursor conditions, the clinic evaluates individuals
diagnosed with these conditions or at high risk for disease development, and works with patients to manage their risk of disease progression.
Our goal is to increase early detection and improve treatment options for precursor conditions, so we can prevent these conditions from developing into blood cancers which are often incurable, or from resulting in other complications such as cardiovascular
death or organ dysfunction.
As with many solid tumors, some blood cancers are preceded by precursor conditions. These conditions are sometimes found through routine blood tests, but often remain undiagnosed. Precursor blood conditions include:
Certain individuals are at higher risk for these conditions and should consider screening and counseling at the Center. These include:
Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that harnesses Dana-Farber's leadership and expertise in hematologic malignancies, genetic risk and prevention. This includes hematologists/oncologists who specialize in a patient's specific precursor
condition, as well as specialists in genetic risk and prevention, genetic counseling, psychosocial support, and other specialties as needed.
Center for Prevention of Progression Appointments
About the Center for Prevention of ProgressionDr. David Steensma discusses how the new Center for Prevention of Progression at Dana-Farber will support and care for patients with precursor hematologic conditions which increase the risk for developing blood cancers and other health issues.
Irene Ghobrial, MD, discusses precursor hematologic conditionsDr. Ghobrial explains precursor conditions for hematologic malignancies, and how the new Center for Prevention of Progression aims to help patients manage these conditions and prevent progression to blood cancers.