September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

September is blood cancer awareness month. It is a month to bring awareness and understanding to this specific set of cancers. This is important to me–I had a blood cancer, and I want to make sure more people are able to use the past tense when referring to their cancer. I was diagnosed with stage…

‘Chemobuddies’ Help Breast Cancer Patient Heal

“What should I bring with me to chemo?” It’s a common question. For many cancer patients, the answer is books, puzzles, or a good movie. For Monica Wright, it was her “chemobuddies.” Wright, 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, and quickly found how comforting a friend’s presence can be during a scary…

Five Skin Cancer Myths Debunked

How much do you know about skin cancer? With an estimated one in five Americans developing skin cancer in their lifetime, this often-misunderstood disease is the most common form of cancer in the United States. We talked to Dr. Stephen F. Hodi, director of the Melanoma Center and the Center for Immuno-Oncology at Dana-Farber/Brigham and…

#MyJokeForJimmy brings laughter and hope to cancer patients

No stranger to supporting the Jimmy Fund, 12-year-old Maxwell Surprenant sang in the Jimmy Fund Chorus in 2013. It was there that he met a pediatric patient from Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic that inspired him to become passionate about raising funds to support cancer research. In 2014, he rallied his school together to raise more…