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Genomic Studies Reveal a Tumor’s Secrets

By Robert Levy
One day, the genome of a tumor will be as revealing as a tell-all memoir. Doctors will obtain a full report on each tumor’s genomic quirks – its vulnerabilities, defenses, survival strategies, even its history of advance and retreat. The revelations will help physicians decide which therapies, in which order and at what doses, are most likely to work.
At Dana-Farber and other centers around the world, the effort to understand tumors at such an intimate  level is well under way. Advances in DNA sequencing are enabling scientists to catalog the full extent of genomic abnormalities in many types …

 

Potential New Drug for Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Dana-Farber scientists this year identified a promising new drug for a form of breast cancer and discovered one way the disease can outmaneuver the drug. The findings, reported in the journal Nature, may lead to a more farsighted treatment strategy for breast cancers classified as “triple-negative” – one that uses drug combinations to both arrest the disease and prevent it from resisting front-line therapies. The dual approach could significantly extend patient survival times, the authors say.
Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D.
 
“We found that a class of agents known as BET bromodomain inhibitors significantly impeded the growth of triple-negative breast cancer cells in …

 

The Stars of Tomorrow are the Young Investigators of Today!

The stars of tomorrow are the young investigators of today.
Bakes for Breast Cancer will now be funding the up and coming research of young investigators in breast cancer research.   Our Medical Advisory Board will direct the best use of our funds raised in the support of the young investigators.
Funds raised in 2015 and 2016 will benefit the research of Heather A. Parsons, MD, MPH. a young investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
Heather A. Parsons, MD, MPH
We would like to introduce you to Dr. Heather Parsons and how the money that will be raised through our events in 2016 …

 

Happy Valentines Day!

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The Importance of the Young Investigator

In 1990, when we started The Eva Brownman Breast Cancer Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, we provided seed money for the tamoxifen research being done by Dr. Judy Garber. Dr. Garber was then a young investigator.
Dr. Garber is now internationally known for your work in the field of breast cancer.  She is the Director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber and a professor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Garber’s  extensive research and work in the field of breast cancer has changed the lives of women throughout the world.
As we look back as well as …

 

Happy New Year

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Here is to 2016!

The end of the year has come! It’s amazing how much we’ve accomplished this year. Thank you to everyone for helping make our events come to life. We couldn’t have done it without you. We have lots of great events planned for 2016 and we hope you will join us again to make them as successful as our events this past year. Happy holidays and we wish everyone a great start to the New Year.
Your Friends at Bakes for Breast Cancer
 

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Season’s Greetings from all of us at Bakes for Breast Cancer

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MSK Guidelines Won’t Change: Average-Risk Women Should Start Mammograms at Age 40

“Women’s confusion over when to start breast cancer screening just continues to grow,” says Memorial Sloan Kettering Breast Imaging Chief Elizabeth Morris in response to the release of new guidelines by the American Cancer Society (ACS) on October 20.
MSK Breast Imaging Chief Elizabeth Morris helps a patient through her first digital mammogram. Most mammograms today are done with units such as this one, which generate much more vivid and precise pictures than older film screening technology can.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The ACS recommendations have ignited controversy and left countless women yet again wondering, Am I doing the right thing?
“The bottom line — and what …

 

Living with stage IV male breast cancer: Michael Selsman’s story

Michael Selsman with wife Kara and sons Adam and Jacob at Dana-Farber’s annual Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week event
When Michael Selsman came home from his morning jog two years ago, he noticed a lump on his chest. It was strange, because he’d never seen it before, but he figured it was probably just an irritation. A couple of weeks passed, and the lump grew larger. So Michael made an appointment with his doctor. The results were surprising — stage IV breast cancer.
“I was shocked. I’d never heard of men getting breast cancer. It took me a while to even drag …