Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center to launch nation’s first tissue-screening program for immunotherapies

cancer immunotherapies

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) will become the first treatment center in the United States to routinely test patients’ tumor tissue to determine whether the cancer is likely to respond to immunotherapies. The testing, expected to begin in early 2018, will initially be offered to select patients in several DF/BWCC treatment centers, and the…

Singing the praises of Dana-Farber’s Unsung Heroes

Dana-Farber employee

Approaching the Dana-Farber building can feel a little overwhelming, but then you enter the parking garage and meet Jesus Urdaneta, one of the Dana-Farber Parking Valets. He offers you assistance getting out of your car, he might even greet you with a hug. He learns your name, and with each visit, he makes Dana-Farber feel…

Memorial gift creates fellowship to celebrate patient’s love of learning and discovery

memorial giving

Maureen Twomey had a lifelong love of learning. She was an avid reader, and had earned degrees from both Tufts University and Harvard University. She also would complete the notoriously difficult crossword puzzle in The New York Times, and enjoyed going to museums. Throughout a difficult two-year battle with esophageal cancer, Maureen found that her…

During Girls Weekend, new friends connect

pediatric cancer patients

For seventeen girls and patients at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Dana-Farber’s annual Girls Weekend – a three-day arts, shopping, and food extravaganza – is a much-needed opportunity to relax and connect with new friends who also know what it’s like to have cancer. “Being a teenager – especially when you’re a girl…

Big Papi is a big hit for the Jimmy Fund

The teenagers were already having the time of their lives, walking on the sacred Fenway Park grass and meeting Red Sox players, when the exhilaration suddenly reached a new level. There, emerging like a rock star from the dugout, was the biggest star in the Sox stratosphere: David Ortiz. “Everyone got so excited, and we…