Coping with grief after a spouse’s death: Rosemary’s story

May 15, 2019

Rosemary felt suddenly adrift when her husband, Jim, died from stage IV pancreatic cancer. The couple were together since high school, and Rosemary found herself alone for the first time in her life. “After he died, I was truly in a fog,” Rosemary said. In the immediate wake of his passing, she leaned on family…

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Bride vows to continue brother’s fight against colorectal cancer

March 29, 2019

Robin O’Neill was looking forward to her dream destination wedding in Mexico when her older brother, Vannarin “Vann” Ly, learned his stage IV colorectal cancer became resistant to treatment. His doctor, Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH, director of Dana-Farber’s new Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center, told the family that Vann likely only had weeks left to live…

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Breast cancer patient walks confidently down the aisle

February 21, 2019

Aug. 25, 2018 is a day Kasha Wasylak will never forget; it was the day the 26-year-old bride happily said, “I do,” to her now-husband, Patrick. Standing confidently in front of her family and friends, the ceremony not only solidified a lifetime commitment, but it also brought closure to what had a been a turbulent…

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To Dana with Love; a letter from a grateful patient

February 12, 2019

Dear Dana-Farber, It was seven years ago this past August when I landed in Dr. Steven Hodi’s office with the dire prognosis of stage IV melanoma. Steve was no stranger to me, as he had treated my sister Sharry several years before for the same ailment. Sharry had succumbed to melanoma after a courageous two-year…

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