It might sound counterintuitive, but not every patient comes to Dana-Farber for cancer treatment. For example, the Institute’s experts regularly see patients seeking help with benign (non-cancerous) blood disorders. Benign blood disorders such as anemia and sickle cell disease are often treated at cancer centers because such institutions are home …
Robin Roberts' rare blood disorder: What is myelodysplastic syndrome?
Five years ago, celebrated television anchor Robin Roberts beat breast cancer, but Monday on Good Morning America, Roberts revealed that she has myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) -- a type of bone marrow disease with around 12,000 new cases diagnosed each year, according to the American Cancer Society.
How Overcoming a Rare Blood Disorder Made Shelby Houlihan a Tougher Runner
As a child, it left her fatigued, anemic, and sickly. Here’s how she became the fastest American woman in the 5K.
Researcher studies how sickle cell disease affects blood flow and oxygen delivery
Sickle Cell Disease is rare but devastating. Due to a genetic mutation affecting hemoglobin, the component of the red blood cell that carries oxygen, a reduced amount of oxygen is supplied to vital tissues and organs.
What is Sickle-Cell Disease?
Sickle-cell disease is an inherited blood disorder in which red blood cells are abnormally shaped like a sickle or crescent, which decreases their ability to move through blood vessels smoothly.
Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation’s awareness walk set for Sept. 10
The Orangeburg Area Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation is poised to break the silence surrounding the incurable and sometimes painful blood disorder with its third annual awareness walk.
What Part Does Genetics Play in Pediatric Leukemia?
Leukemia, which usually occurs because of a mutation — or DNA change — is the most common childhood cancer. Some genetic syndromes can create a predisposition to leukemia, as well as other blood disorders.
Nine Tips for Talking To Kids About Cancer
Helping a loved one face cancer is never easy, but the challenge is especially daunting when the patient is your own child. Our clinicians at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center work with pediatric cancer patients and their families every day. Lisa Diller, MD, Anna Muriel, MD, and Jorge …
World Sickle Cell Day: What you may not know about the painful disorder
Little progress has been made in finding a cure for sickle cell disease, a rare but debilitating blood disorder that typically shortens the life of patients by more than 30 years. But doctors say there are new treatments available that are offering some relief from the painful condition.
Q&A: What is sickle cell disease, and how is it treated?
Q&A: What is sickle cell disease, and how is it treated University of Minnesota Health sickle cell disease experts Karim Sadak, MD, and Gregory Vercellotti, MD, answer a few questions about disease symptoms, treatment and research Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition that affects a person's red blood cells, which deliver vital oxygen to the body's organs and tissues. We posed several frequently asked questions…
Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure
A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients For the first time, they have corrected the mutation in a proportion of stem cells that is high enough to produce a substantial benefit in…
How FDA Ensures the Safety of Blood Products
By: Richard J. Davey, MD You might be aware that FDA plays a key role in assuring the safety and efficacy of products such as drugs, vaccines and foods. But less well known is the agency’s critical regulatory oversight of our nation’s blood supply Blood saves and improves the lives of millions of individuals each year. It is used for transfusions for example, to replace blood loss during surgery, childbirth or following a traumatic injury. Blood and blood products are also a key…
How sickle cell anemia influences a medical school journey
The purpose of my life is to do whatever I can do ethically and professionally to help people regain their lives free from pain and disease.
What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited blood ailments that affect the body’s red blood cell. It is a collection of disorders that makes the red blood cell to become sickle shaped.
Angola: 10,000 Born With Sickle Cell Disease
At least 10,000 children are born with sickle disease every year in Angola.
Genome engineering paves way for sickle cell cure
Repairing the sickle cell mutation in stem cells holds promise for new treatment
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Hiking Trail
Come hike Van Sickle Bi-State Park hiking trail, offering great views! Van Sickle Bi-State Park is open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians and offers views of Lake Tahoe
What blood donation means to sickle-cell disease patients
Patients find themselves in desperate need, especially sickle-cell disease patients