How COVID-19 impacts cancer research and treatment

Study represents the most comprehensive scientific survey to date about the interrelationship between COVID-19 and cancer.

Rob Levy • harvard
Oct. 8, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: cancer covid-19 coronavirus pandemic health-medicine dana-farber-cancer-institute

Coffee linked to improved survival in metastatic colorectal cancer

Data from a large observational study suggests coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of metastatic colorectal cancer progression and death.

Rob Levy • harvard
Sept. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health-medicine dana-farber-cancer-institute coffee metastatic-colorectal-cancer

Prostate cancer’s link to fetal development of the gland

Prostate cancer progresses to a more-dangerous metastatic state by resurrecting dormant molecular mechanisms that had guided the fetal development of the prostate gland but had been subsequently switched off.

Richard Saltus • harvard
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology prostate-cancer dana-farber-cancer-institute

New test method to detect kidney cancers

A novel liquid biopsy method can detect kidney cancers with high accuracy, including small, localized tumors which are often curable but for which no early detection method exists.

Richard Saltus • harvard
June 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cancer health-medicine dana-farber-cancer-institute kidney-cancer biopsy

Scientists produce a reference map of human protein interactions

Scientists produce a reference map of human protein interactions, releasing data helpful for understanding diseases including cancer and infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

Jovana Drinjakovic • harvard
April 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  infectious-diseases  cancer  covid-19  genes  basic-research  dana-farber-cancer-institute  center-for-cancer-systems-biology  human-genome-project  human-reference-interactome  interactome

Personalized blood biopsies may provide signal of cancer recurrence

Researchers have designed personalized blood biopsies that offer the potential of an early warning signal of breast cancer recurrence.

Karen Zusi • harvard
March 13, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  science-technology  breast-cancer  basic-research  dana-farber-cancer-institute  broad-institute-of-mit-and-harvard  blood-biopsies  gerstner-center-for-cancer-diagnostics  tumor-mutations

Novel drug targets tumor growth in advanced kidney cancer

Harvard researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have developed a novel targeted drug that shows promise in advanced kidney cancer by interfering with the abnormal blood vessel formation that fuels tumor growth.

Richard Saltus • harvard
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags:  nobel-prize  basic-research  health-medicine  dana-farber-cancer-institute  tumors  clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma  hypoxia-inducible-factor  kidney-cancer  metastatic-disease  mk-6482  phase-iii  toni-choueiri  william-g-kaelin-jr

Study finds racial disparities in culturally competent cancer care

A new study from Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute finds that non-white minority survivors are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to be seen by cancer specialists who share or understand their culture.

Richard Saltus • harvard
Nov. 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  health-medicine  dana-farber-cancer-institute  brandon-a-mahal  cancer-specialists  hispanic  minorities  non-white  santino-s-butler

High-dose vitamin D shows benefit in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

The first randomized clinical trial of vitamin D in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer found that high doses of supplements combined with chemotherapy delayed disease progression.

Richard Saltus • harvard
April 9, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  cancer  health-medicine  dana-farber-cancer-institute  vitamin-d  delayed-disease-progression  metastatic-colorectal-cancer  phase-3-trial  sunshine-clinical-trial

Harvard study finds cells recall their early development

Study in mice reveals that adult tissues retain a memory of which genes are activated during very early development, and that that memory can be recovered. Under certain conditions, adult cells play their developmental “movie” in a slow rewind, reactivating fetal genes. These findings have important implications for regenerative medicine and cancer research.

Jessica Lau • harvard
March 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags:  harvard-medical-school  health-medicine  brigham-and-womens-hospital  dana-farber-cancer-institute  harvard-stem-cell-institute  cell-memory  dfci  ramesh-shivdasani  unmesh-jadhav

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