Category: Cancer Research

See recent blog posts and articles about cancer research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

BOTSOGO: Improving Cancer Care and Advancing Research in Botswana

By Milo Goodman Research Institute Communications Intern The Botswana Oncology Global Outreach (BOTSOGO) is a collaborative program between the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) that works to increase education about, access to, and quality of cancer care in Botswana. The program, which was established in 2011, was co-founded and is co-directed by Dr. Jason Efstathiou of […]

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Implantable Device Targets Pancreatic Cancer

A research team from Mass General and MIT has designed a tiny, adjustable implant that could be used to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into pancreatic cancers, instead of requiring the drugs to travel through the entire circulatory system to reach the pancreas. In laboratory models, delivering treatment directly to the source proved to be 12 times more effective than intravenous […]

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Immunotherapy Effort Advances on Multiple Fronts

The Center for Cancer Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital is focused on four major approaches to immunotherapy—checkpoint inhibitors, CAR T-cell therapy, vaccine therapy and early cancer immunotherapy.   LEARN MORE

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Proton Therapy Controls Common Pediatric Brain Tumor With Fewer Long-Term Side Effects

“The use of proton radiotherapy to treat the most common malignant brain tumor in children is as effective as standard photon (x-ray) radiation therapy while causing fewer long-term side effects such as hearing loss and cognitive disorders, according to a study receiving online publication in Lancet Oncology. The paper from a team led by  Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators […]

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Proton Therapy Controls Common Pediatric Brain Tumor with Fewer Long-Term Side Effects

The use of proton radiotherapy to treat the most common malignant brain tumor in children is as effective as standard photon (x-ray) radiation therapy while causing fewer long-term side effects such as hearing loss and cognitive disorders, according to a study receiving online publication in Lancet Oncology. The paper from a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators […]

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New Drug Delivery System Could Reduce the Dose Needed to Treat Pancreatic Cancer

A Massachusetts General Hospital research study suggests that a nanoparticle drug-delivery system that combines two complementary types of anticancer treatment could improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer and other highly treatment-resistant tumors, while decreasing treatment toxicity. The new system, which combines a light-activated nanoparticle with a molecular therapy drug, reduced the dosage required to […]

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Researchers Find a Way to Light Up Cancer Cells

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a probe that can find, stick to and then light up residual cancer cells, making them easier for surgeons to see. READ MORE

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After Early Roadblocks, Mass. General Researcher to be Recognized

Congratulations to distinguished Massachusetts General Hospital researcher (and longtime movie buff) Rakesh Jain, PhD, for being named a winner of the National Medal of Science. Dr. Jain, who studies tumor biology, will receive his award from President Obama later this year. “The only way I kept going was realizing in any field—really, in any human […]

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Smartphone Device Can Quickly Diagnosis Cancer

“Imagine your doctor could take some of your cells, slide them into a compartment on a smartphone and tell you if you had cancer in just an hour. You could be spared an agonizing wait for lab results. And your doctor could discuss the diagnosis and your treatment options in person. A team led by Ralph Weissleder, MD, […]

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Wakefield Researcher ‘Seals’ the deal in Antarctica

Massachusetts General Hospital researcher Emmanual Buys, PhD, is part of a collaborative research team that has been working in Antarctica to study the Weddell seal, a mammal that can remain under water for longer than 70 minutes at a depth of 500 meters. Buys and his team are taking tissue samples from seals to learn […]

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