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Santa spreads cheer to Jimmy Fund Clinic patients

Many things were different about 2020, but even a pandemic couldn’t keep holiday cheer away from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. With in-person gatherings not possible due to COVID-19 safety precautions, Jimmy Fund Clinic “elves” brought the fun to…


I am Jimmy: Caesar finds love after prostate cancer

On March 24, 2016, after a routine physical, Caesar was told his PSA (prostate specific antigen) was abnormally high, leading to more tests. The result? Highly aggressive prostate cancer. It was an enormous shock for the healthy restaurant owner. “It’s terrible…


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…


Tips from a two-time breast cancer patient

In July 2013, then 27-year-old Lindsay was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma ER/PR+ HER2- breast cancer. She soon made her way to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and, with her doctors, made the choice to have a…