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Dana-Farber Patient Stays Positive Through Metastatic Breast Cancer

At 29 years old, Adriana, 38, of Massachusetts, was diagnosed with metastatic (stage four) breast cancer after noticing a lump in her breast and feeling some “strange symptoms.” Only three months after a move across the country, Adriana was told her best bet would be to move back home for her treatment. “I talked to some doctors down in Florida, and they said to me, ‘You’re not going to get good care down here, if you’re from Massachusetts, go back to Dana-Farber’” said Adriana. “Within a few months, I had moved to Florida, packed up my bags and went back …

 

A New Center, an Ongoing Mission by Robert Levy

The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers began with an insight into the nature of cancer – and of human psychology. Researchers were discovering that cancers of the breast and female reproductive tract were more closely related at a basic biological level than had been thought. It was also clear that women’s cancers – wherever they originate – unite patients in a kind of sisterhood of shared concern and experience.
Bringing research and clinical programs in all women’s cancers under a single umbrella would, it was thought, create a natural alliance for better care and smarter science. That goal proved …