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This Moment in Cancer: How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This week we are excited to present an excerpt from This Moment in Cancer, a health blog at 90.9 WBUR—Boston’s NPR News Station. In the post by Karen Weintraub, “How Researchers Are Putting The Body's Own Army To Work To Fight Cancer,” chemotherapy as a cancer treatment option is discussed:

Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are great at shrinking or cutting out tumors. But these approaches can miss cancer cells that then seed new tumors.

That’s why researchers are increasingly pinning their hopes on a new treatment strategy

The Treatment Options of Today

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

One of the most exciting developing treatment options for cancer patients is immunotherapy. Because cancer cells are generated from our own cells, our immune system often has trouble discerning them from healthy cells. Immuno-oncology addresses this problem head-on, either by boosting the immune system generally to help it fight off cancer cells or by enabling the immune system to better distinguish cancer cells from healthy cells.

Care of the Whole Patient—During and After Treatment

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

There’s a new term floating around the cancer community: cancer rehabilitation. What does this mean? Cancer rehabilitation is a combination of services that help a cancer survivor find his or her “new normal” after cancer.

When More Tests Don’t Yield More Answers

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

While personalized medicine and gene testing hold a lot of promise—currently genetic tests are able to identify up to one hundred gene mutations, some of which are linked with increased cancer risk—their newness presents some challenges.

Doctor Priorities vs. Patient Priorities

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

For a doctor, the number one priority is treating the patient’s illness. But for patients, their number one priority isn’t always their disease. A disease is just one part of someone’s life. So, what happens when your priorities and your doctor’s priorities don’t mix?