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Ollie after osteosarcoma

How dogs may help fight bone cancer

March 12, 2017
In the growing field of comparative oncology, veterinarians are teaming up with oncologists to study the similarities in human and canine cancer to boost cure rates for people and pets alike, CBS Sunday Morning reports.
boy karate

Martial arts instructors volunteer with kids fighting cancer

March 02, 2017
Karate and its ability to calm is proving to be a powerful combination to help children cope with cancer, WCVB-TV reports, in a story that features a young stem cell transplant patient.
Kira Bona, MD

‘It’s not an even playing field’

January 30, 2017
An emerging area of research explores the impact of poverty and financial hardship on care and outcomes for children with cancer, WBUR reports.

Travel dreams fulfilled for 9-year-old with terminal cancer

January 20, 2017
The family of a 9-year-old with the devastating diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is filling her life with travel and other positive experiences.
Dr. Mimi Bandopadhayhay

Precision medicine advances pediatric brain tumor diagnosis and treatment

January 19, 2017
Precision medicine – in which diagnosis and treatments are keyed to the genetic susceptibilities of individual cancers – has advanced to the point where it can now impact the care of a majority of children with brain tumors, a new study by investigators at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center suggests.

Children with Down syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia fare as well as other children treated on Dana-Farber ALL Consortium protocols

December 05, 2016
Despite an elevated risk of toxicity from chemotherapy, children with Down syndrome and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) did not experience higher rates of relapse or treatment-related mortality compared with other children treated on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ALL Consortium Protocols, according to research presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology.
CAR t-cell

Deaths in cancer trials remain mystery for promising therapy

December 04, 2016
The experimental CAR T-cell immunotherapy has shown dramatic results, including long-term cures, for cancer patients with severe disease, but has also left puzzling questions about deaths that have occurred during some tests, Bloomberg reports in a story published by The Washington Post.
Dr. Andy Hong with Researchers

Applying local knowledge

November 17, 2016
Proximity is just one factor driving the high number of collaborations between top performing institutions in the same city, Nature reports. For example, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Dr. Andrew Hong and researchers from nearby institutions have teamed up to grow a cell line from a rare cancer sample and learn about its potential weaknesses.
Boy with cancer in Guatemala

Intimate photos show young Guatemalan boy’s journey through cancer

November 11, 2016
The Washington Post published a photo essay on a young Guatemalan boy’s experience with cancer as part of the documentary film project How I Live, which is advised by Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Global Health Initiative.

Scientists tackle DIPG, a lethal childhood brain cancer

October 28, 2016
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is perhaps the most deadly pediatric cancer, with most young patients succumbing to it within a year of diagnosis. Now, Scientific American reports, the recent ability to biopsy the tumors at diagnosis, coupled with bereaved parents’ donation of autopsy tissue, enables researchers to parse DIPG’s molecular underpinnings, with the hope of developing effective treatment.
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