Photos We Love: Behind the Scenes of Inspiration and Discovery at Dana-Farber
Cancer is often described as a journey.
Through these beautiful photographs, we offer a glimpse into that journey as seen
through the caring and compassionate eyes of our patients, our doctors, our nurses,
our researchers, our staff and our volunteers.
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Jaclyn Trapp, Miss Rodeo Massachusetts (white hat) and Mackenzie Carr, Miss Rodeo
America, pose with a patient in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Pediatric patients at Dana-Farber were given the opportunity to taste test and vote on several
ice cream flavors to be served at the annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl. Since its inception
in 1983, the Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3 million for cancer research and care.
Dancing for a Cure is an annual holiday event of dance, inspirational stories, and music performed by talented
artists of the Cape Cod community and hosted by the Friends of Dana-Farber. All funds raised at this event
support cutting-edge research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Here, a group of young dancers
perform selections from the Nutcracker ballet.
Notoriously difficult to detect and treat, serous cancers occur on the surface of the ovaries and surrounding
membranes, often in several places, making them impossible to eliminate by surgery alone. A discovery by
Christopher Crum, MD, and his colleagues, offer insight into how serous ovarian cancers arise and spread,
and how they might be stopped.
At the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the bridges connecting the patient care centers in the
Yawkey and Dana buildings to the Richard A. and Susan Smith Research Laboratories are not
just symbols, but are real crossroads for scientists from different disciplines.
For more than 60 years, Dana-Farber has had one primary goal: to reduce the suffering caused by
cancer, and to offer the most advanced and personalized cancer care in the world, in a comfortable
and nurturing environment.
The striking Gene Display in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care offers individuals a unique
opportunity to show their support for Dana-Farber’s life-saving mission in a visual
and permanent way.
Fieda Abderazzaq, PhD, prepares a DNA sample for a procedure known as quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
PCR methods allow scientists to amplify a single or a few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude,
generating thousands to missions of copies of a particular DNA sequence. PCR permits early diagnosis of
malignant diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma.
Adjacent to the Stoneman Healing Garden is the Richard P. and Claire W. Morse Conservatory, an enclosed
glass area for immune-compromised patients, which allows them to enjoy the garden without negatively
affecting their health.
The Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center offers
comprehensive diagnosis, treatment, and long-term follow-up care for children and adolescents with
leukemia. Here, a young pediatric patient fools around with her brother during an examination.
The Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at Dana-Farber offers a warm and welcoming environment to patients
and visitors alike. Here, etched glass railings in the lobby depict nature and science mingled with words of
hope and encouragement.
Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy reviews diet information with a patient in the infusion
area on Yawkey 6.
A state-of-the-art clinical facility planned with extensive involvement from patients and families, the
Yawkey Center for Cancer Care is designed to be a place of healing. It provides access to the newest therapies
in a comfortable, welcoming environment. Here, the bamboo trees, lush greenery, and bright flowers of the
Stoneman Healing Garden are visible through the glass walls of the Yawkey building as the sun sets.
A visitor to the Yawkey Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute walks under the suspended sculpture
in the lobby. The mobile, created by artist Ralph Helmick, depicts the swirling and falling of
leaves during autumn in New England.
Zoltan Mesko promised Matthew Curley (11) one thing when he and Malcome Williams
visited Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: That he would think of Matthew the next time
he kicked the football during a New England Patriots Game.
Every October, the Jimmy Fund Clinic hosts a Halloween trick-or-treat parade. Pediatric
patients dress up and visit other floors at Dana-Farber to show off their costumes
and collect candy.
The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies offers certified Reiki practitioners.
Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement
that has been found to be effective in easing the side effects of cancer.
New Red Sox pitcher Joel Hanrahan during his visit with pediatric patients and their families
at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Because the Jimmy Fund is the Red Sox official charity,
the Sox have a special place in the hearts of patients and staff.
Nancy Campbell, MS, Dana-Farber exercise physiologist, hosts a free women’s exercise
Class twice weekly for patients and their families.
International Day at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together cultures, food,
fashion and dance from around the world. A dancer performs a traditional
Tibetan dance titled “Snowland Falling.”
Silica (glass) tubes, not much thicker than a human hair, are used in high-performance liquid Chromatography (HPLC).
Protein samples are passed through the tubes and separated into simpler components. This allows scientists in the Blais
Proteomics Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to analyze the different amino acids (building blocks of proteins)
and identify promising targets to further facilitate research.
Volunteers are everywhere at Dana-Farber – from research labs to patient-care areas
to the gift shop. Here, long-time volunteer Fifi Swerling Kellem helps out at the
The mission of the Cancer Vaccine Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is to develop therapeutic vaccines
Which enable a person’s immune system to destroy certain cancers like leukemia. Here, a member of the
Cancer Vaccine Center Clinical Trials Immune-Monitoring Core Team uses a sophisticated panel of
fluorescent markers to tag various immune cell populations in the blood.
A six-year-old patient hugs a cuddly tiger in the waiting room of the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Pedro Martinez, Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, and coach Brad Mills – members of the 2004 Red
Sox World Series team – visited with patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Because the Jimmy Fund
is the Red Sox official charity, the Sox have a special place in the hearts of patients and staff.
Dana-Farber’s Pediatric Low-Grade Astrocytoma (LGA) Program is focused on
helping young brain tumor patients to have successful outcomes. Here, one of the
young LGA patients gets help from her mother putting on a flower hat.
Tissue samples are kept frozen in liquid nitrogen in the Pasquarello Leukemia/Lymphoma Tissue
Bank, a clinical sample and data repository that has proven invaluable to the research staff
of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies as they work to accelerate the Institute’s efforts
to defeat leukemia.
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led by Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, have
isolated a new type of energy-burning “beige fat” cell which might lead to future
treatments for obesity.
The research of Jean-Bernard Lazaro, MD, focuses on purifying natural cell proteins
that are designed to recognize different kinds of genetic damage and use them to
measure the level of DNA damage in cells.
The sun reflects off the windows of The Center for Life Sciences building at
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where researchers work to advance the
development of targeted cancer therapies.
Providing expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer is at the forefront
of Dana-Farber’s mission. Here, Dr. Robert Haddad, Disease Center Leader for the
Head and Neck Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute examines a patient.
The Pellman Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute uses both yeast and animal
cell systems to study cell biology.
Jesus Urdaneta on Yawkey P1 is available to lend a helping hand, and to assist patients
with parking their cars
Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Pediatric Oncology, examines a young patient in
the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
Researchers at the Dana-Farber Blais Proteomics Center study how proteins function in both
normal an cancer cells. Here, Jarrod Marto, PhD, hunts for early detection biomarkers
using a sophisticated mass spectrometry system.
For patients, being able to take charge of their appearance is an important part of the healing process.
The Friends Place, located in the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, offers personalized consultation for those experiencing temporary or permanent
appearance changes following treatment.
Alec Kimmelman, MD, PhD, and Jay Son, PhD, Dana-Farber Radiation Oncology,
demonstrate that the continued action of an oncogene (Kras) is necessary for
pancreatic tumors to survive and grow.
A researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute checks the alignment of a protein column on an
LTQ-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometer. Protein samples are infused into the instrument after
passing through this very thin separation column.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the world’s premier centers for pediatric
cancer treatment and research. It encourages hope for children with cancer and their families. Designed especially
for the comfort and convenience of pediatric cancer patients and their families, the Jimmy Fund Clinic follows
the “total patient care” philosophy of Institute founder Dr. Sidney Farber, assuring that a patient’s psychological,
family, and spiritual needs are met as well as their medical needs.
Stem cells – shown here being removed from a freezer – are used in stem cell transplant
procedures to treat several types of cancer, including leukemia, lymphoma and
multiple myeloma, as well as other blood and immune system disorders.
Clinical fellow, Melissa Burns, MD, gives a young pediatric patient the opportunity
to listen to her own heart during an exam.
A gene-scanning tool known as OncoMap, developed at Dana-Farber, has made
it possible to study the genetic mutations behind many cancers.
Recognizing that patients can spend hours in the clinic for treatment and tests,
Dana-Farber lends iPads to patients to help them pass the time.
Research led by Jane Weeks, MD, MSc, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is examining
why certain population groups sometimes receive lower-quality cancer care.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center offers comprehensive
family-centered services for children with a suspected or diagnosed cancer. Dr. Stephen
Sallan visits with one of his young patients in the Jimmy Fund Clinic playroom.