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Just like in Boston, Boston Bakes has widespread partners throughout the North East. Our newest partnerships take us all the way to Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard for a week of baking delicious desserts and fundraising right at the beginning of June. While our newest set of fundraising events, Cape & Island Bakes has grown relatively large in the few years it has been running, and now encompasses much of the seaside Massachusetts.
Just like in Boston, restaurants all up and down the seacoast partner with us to serve delicious desserts, such as fan favorites like Boston Creme Pie …
With April coming up at the end of this week, I thought I would highlight that April is in fact Cancer Control Month, as proclaimed by President Obama in 2015. In recognition of all of the researchers who dedicate their life to finding a cure for cancer in all of its form, and in dedication to those who continue to fight it, Cancer Control Month is to commemorate a battle for a future free from cancer. (Presidential Proclamation))
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death amongst women, and is one of the most common types of cancer that affects …
More than half of all people with cancer will get chemotherapy – powerful drugs that kill cancer cells to cure the disease, slow its growth, or reduce its symptoms.
There are more than 100 different drugs used in chemotherapy, sometimes alone, but more often in combinations that have proven effective against specific types of cancer. Though traditionally given by injection or intravenous infusion, chemotherapy drugs are increasingly available as pills or liquids that patients can take at home (oral chemotherapy).
Oral chemotherapy pills
Administered prior to surgery, chemotherapy may make a tumor smaller and easier to remove. Chemotherapy is often given as an …
by Richard Saltus
For many parents, their first concern after a cancer diagnosis is the impact it will have on their children. There’s a lot of medical information to digest and decisions to be made, including how and when to tell your children.
There are good reasons talk to your children as soon as possible after your diagnosis. No matter their age, children will realize something is wrong; they may discover the truth accidentally from someone else, and it’s better if you can present the information in an honest and hopeful manner.
“The biggest message is the importance of honest, open communication,” says …
Data can help scientists and physicians match precision drugs to a cancer’s genetic traits
More than 5,000 genetic profiles of tumor DNA have been completed in a large research study by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital designed to speed the development of personalized cancer care with precision treatments. Scientists have also moved to the next generation of tumor DNA sequencing technology, which will significantly expand the range of genes and possible mutations to be analyzed, and the speed at which they are catalogued. They have also expanded the program to include pediatric cancer …
By MacKenzie Kimball
Good nutrition is essential for maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle and, according to Dana-Farber Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, it can also help in the battle against cancer.
“Good nutrition is really important for supporting a healthy immune system, which helps the healing process, and healthy eating can even help to alleviate side effects or symptoms related to cancer and treatment, such as fatigue, constipation, nausea, and mouth sores,” Kennedy says.
Dana-Farber Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN
So where should the nutrition novice begin? The produce section. “Maintaining a healthy diet that is rich in plant-based …
My name is Cameron Von St. James, some of you may remember me from my guest post about my wife’s cancer battle a while back. My wife, Heather was diagnosed with a rare and extremely deadly form of cancer called mesothelioma 7 years ago. Heather had just given birth to our first and only child, Lily, three months before the diagnosis. It was devastating news, but thankfully with the best treatment available, she was able to fight back and eventually beat the cancer! She remains healthy and cancer free to this day. Now, both Heather and I work hard …
As I mentioned before, growing up in the 60’s and 70’s when someone was sick, they stayed in the hospital for extended periods of time. It was the norm for the time we grew up in. My mother and father always came home from the hospital no matter how long they were in the hospital for! Extended hospital stays was a stable in our household growing up.
Were we naive for not thinking about our parent’s illness as being terminal? Or were we just children being children and not thinking of a young parent’s mortality? Was it the time we were …
Genes don’t cause cancer, but genetic mutations can. Our cells have about 22,000 genes, which consist of DNA packed into chromosomes inside the cell nucleus. These genes control a wide range of functions, including cell growth and division. When the genes misbehave or mutate, cancer can develop.
Sometimes these mutations are inherited. In that case, they are called germline mutations, and they are found in almost every cell of the body.
You’re probably familiar with the idea that cancer can run in families. For example, if your mother had breast cancer, you might be at risk for developing it one day. Of …