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Pioneering Doctors medical research primer n ATOPIC DERMATITIS is an inflammatory, chronic, non-contagious, and itchy skin disorder, often Ellen on the elliptical and laughing again. The study helped me, and I felt known as eczema. n CANCER is the general name for a group of more than one hundred diseases in which cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. n CYTOGENETICS the future. That is also why I made the is the testing of genetic material to determine whether a patient has or is at risk for inherited diseases at the chromosomal level. n GENOME good I might be helping other women in is the set of all genes, regulatory sequences, and noncoding information within an organism's DNA. The study of GENOMICS considers all of the genetic material contained within and shared between organisms. Microarray analysis is a genomic technique used for large-scale decision to go public with my cancer and allow television cameras to document my treatment. genome comparisons. n HEMATOPOIESIS is the formation of blood cellular components. All cellular blood components are derived from hematopoietic stem cells. n MELANOMA is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from In addition to exercise improving feelings of general wellbeing as Kelley describes, Dr. skin disease. MYELOMA is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible Ligibel's observations suggest that women for producing antibodies. In multiple myeloma, collections of abnormal plasma cells accumulate who are physically active after breast cancer n MULTIPLE in the bone marrow, where they interfere with the production of normal blood cells. n STEM CELLS are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms that divide and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and self-renew to produce more stem cells. diagnosis have a 30 percent to 50 percent lower risk of breast cancer recurrence, breast cancer death, and overall death, compared with sedentary individuals. Another Dana Farber Cancer Institute doctor from Wellesley is Dr. Paul Richardson, the Clinical Director of the Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center. Dr. Richardson focuses on the development of new drugs to treat multiple myeloma—which, despite recent encouraging advances, remains an otherwise incurable blood cancer—and on caring for patients with this challenging disease. He and his team typically care for patients from diagnosis through treatments such as bone marrow transplant, until relapse and We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 beyond. Richardson considers it a "privilege" to be a multiple myeloma patient's doctor: "It can be very hard, not least given the sometimes complex side effects of therapy and the debilitating nature of the disease itself. However, what is particularly rewarding is to 76

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