Living with stage IV liver cancer

By Marie Allen-Hadge I don’t think the day you are diagnosed with a terminal disease is ever erased from memory. I remember going to the emergency room on May 31, 2019, with severe abdominal, shoulder, and back pain. After an ultrasound, lots of whispering nurses and doctors, and hours of waiting for results, I was…

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…