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#Giving Tuesday

Make your donation on #GivingTuesday! Help us reach our goals today!
Today is a day where we need your help, when kind and wonderful people like yourselves remember the charities close to our hearts that need your help not only today but every day to make a difference in the fight against something we so strongly believe in.
For Bakes for Breast Cancer, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer and our Bakes for Breast Cancer Bake Sale your donation will help us in the fight against breast cancer.  Your donation will enable us to raise money for breast cancer research which has been …

 

Cyber Monday

The holiday season is in full gear! The shopping season is shorter this year! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas classic aired before Thanksgiving this year! Black Friday has passed and now we are onto Cyber Monday!  If your email boxes are like ours, they are filled with emails from every store imaginable offering better and better deals.
For those who have shopped and only got 40% off and today is 50%, what do you do?  Order again and return the original order?  The dilemmas of Cyber Monday!
Today is the first day back at work for most of us after the …

 

Tis the Season for Giving and Getting Involved!

We honestly don’t know where the time goes. Yesterday it seems summer just started and now the trees are bare.  Breast Cancer Awareness Month came and went already!  When you are young and in school the school year seems to last forever.  As you get older, time goes quickly.
We did not write much about Breast Cancer Awareness Month because we feel Bakes for Breast Cancer is pink 24/7 365!  All year long we are pink and work hard to raise money for breast cancer!  There is not a day that goes by where we don’t work on our events- Boston …

 

Miss Boston Contestant & Boston Bakes

Hello! My name is Michelle Nigro and I’m thrilled for the opportunity to start volunteering with Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer. I’m 23 years old from the Boston area and I am passionate about breast cancer awareness and fundraising.
Throughout my entire life I’ve tried to do my part to spread awareness and fundraise for a cure. Growing up I would hold bake sales at school and sign up my sports teams for Breast Cancer fundraising walks in Boston.
When I entered college I started organizing my own fundraising and awareness events. As the philanthropy chair of my sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi, at …

 

Dana-Farber’s Judy Garber, MD, MPH, elected to Institute of Medicine

Judy Garber, MD, MPH

Judy Garber, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nongovernmental organization that advises the nation on issues related to biomedical science, medicine, and health.
Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
An internationally recognized leader in clinical and translational research on breast cancer, Garber is director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber and is one of the leaders of its Susan F. …

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer

When people hear the words metastatic breast cancer, A lot of them have no idea what it means. I know we hear a lot of talk about breast cancer in the month of October. Yet very little about male breast cancer or metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer means that cancer has traveled outside of the breast area. It usually spreads to the bones, brain, lung or liver. At this point it is considered stage four, with no cure. It is considered a terminal disease at that point. They are trying to make it a chronic disease. This also means …

 

Hitching a Ride

Will an emerging cancer therapy that links potent drugs to tumor-seekers take the place of standard chemotherapy?
by Elizabeth Dougherty

Eric Winer, MD (left), has been leading clinical trials at DF/BWCC focusing on the antibody-drug conjugate T-DM1.

Sarah Merchant was working as a Web designer in Boston when, at age 28, she was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Surgery, radiation, and a series of chemotherapy regimens followed, as did nerve damage, hair loss, and a general decline in her health.
Then Merchant heard about T-DM1, a trial drug promising the effectiveness of chemotherapy without the toxicity. “I wanted to get into that …

 

How the Internet Changed Breast Cancer Awareness

With broadband internet, you can find information about just about anything online. But it’s not all Facebook and games. Breast cancer patients can use the Web to find out information and statistics about their diagnosis – but the abundance of information available online is a double-edged sword.
Finding Information on the Internet
The internet is a great way for people to find out more on breast cancer, including risks, signs and symptoms, and treatment options. This is especially important for people who may not have family doctors or who may be too timid to speak up during appointments. Information available online may …

 

For My Mother

I could feel the vibrations through my pocket , the never ending buzz caused me to stop in my tracks . My voicemail begins to play , and the heaviness in my father’s voice fills the silence of the airy night. ” I have been trying to reach you , I know you must be working but I wanted to tell you that your mother was in the hospital earlier…call me when you get a chance” he said.
It was around 8:00 p.m. and I had just left work, I was walking to the train station to go home when I …

 

Young breast cancer patients often overestimate the benefit of having second breast removed

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Young women with breast cancer often overestimate the odds that cancer will occur in their other, healthy breast, and decide to have the healthy breast surgically removed, a survey conducted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators indicates. The survey also shows that many patients opt for the procedure – known as a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, or CPM – despite knowing it will be unlikely to improve their chance of survival.
The study, published in the Sept. 17 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows a certain disconnect between what many patients know on an abstract, intellectual level – …