Photos We Love: Behind the Scenes of Inspiration and Discovery at Dana-Farber


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A behind-the-scenes look at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as seen through the eyes of our patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, staff, and volunteers.

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Photos We Love: Behind the Scenes of Inspiration and Discovery at Dana-Farber

  1. 1. 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. This presentation uses photos put together for the Portraits of Care app for iPhone and iPad. Download the app in the Apple App Store: inspiration/id582059285?mt=8 Learn more about Dana-Farber Cancer Institute:
  2. 2. Jaclyn Trapp, Miss Rodeo Massachusetts (white hat) and Mackenzie Carr, Miss Rodeo America, pose with a patient in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. Nutritionist Stacy Kennedy reviews diet information with a patient in the infusion area on Yawkey 6.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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.
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. Nancy Campbell, MS, Dana-Farber exercise physiologist, hosts a free women’s exercise Class twice weekly for patients and their families.
  21. 21. 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.”
  22. 22. 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.
  23. 23. 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 information desk.
  24. 24. 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.
  25. 25. A six-year-old patient hugs a cuddly tiger in the waiting room of the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. 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.
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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.
  31. 31. 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.
  32. 32. 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.
  33. 33. The Pellman Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute uses both yeast and animal cell systems to study cell biology.
  34. 34. Jesus Urdaneta on Yawkey P1 is available to lend a helping hand, and to assist patients with parking their cars
  35. 35. Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Pediatric Oncology, examines a young patient in the Jimmy Fund Clinic.
  36. 36. 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.
  37. 37. 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.
  38. 38. 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.
  39. 39. 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.
  40. 40. 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.
  41. 41. 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.
  42. 42. Clinical fellow, Melissa Burns, MD, gives a young pediatric patient the opportunity to listen to her own heart during an exam.
  43. 43. A gene-scanning tool known as OncoMap, developed at Dana-Farber, has made it possible to study the genetic mutations behind many cancers.
  44. 44. 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.
  45. 45. Research led by Jane Weeks, MD, MSc, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is examining why certain population groups sometimes receive lower-quality cancer care.
  46. 46. 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.
  47. 47. About our photographer Sam Ogden has been a full-time professional photographer for more than 20 years. His images have appeared in most major science magazines around the world, including Smithsonian, GEO, Scientific American, Nature, Discover, Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic. As the staff photographer for Dana-Farber since 2005, Sam’s responsibilities include taking photos for the magazines Paths of Progress and Turning Point as well as internal publications, web pages, social media, and many other uses. In 2004, at the age of 48, Sam was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer and sought treatment at Dana-Farber. He underwent eight months of treatment including surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. He now works with cancer patients nearly every day as part of his photography responsibilities at Dana-Farber. Sam lives in Newton, Mass. with his wife and their two teenage children. Copyright © 2012-2013 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. All rights reserved.