• Family Resources

     "We feel an enormous debt of gratitude to Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for the extraordinary medical care our daughter received as well as the daily kindnesses from the staff which helped to keep her spirit strong and allowed her to maintain her identity as a person, not just a patient. It's quite a place." 
    - Lou Anne Collins (Mother of Patient)
     

    A serious pediatric illness affects the entire family. From your very first visit, you’ll find that our team is committed to supporting the entire family with emotional, financial, spiritual and clinical support services provided by doctors, trained professionals and compassionate volunteers. Learn about the family friendly environment we have created to help the entire family during what can be a very stressful time.

    Comfortable & Convenient Facilities

    All of our care areas were designed to make your child as comfortable as possible. In addition to comfortable and kid-friendly treatment rooms, our campus offers family lounges, activity rooms, laundry facilities and special resource rooms filled with educational and fun activities. For inpatient stays, rooms include a bed for a parent, so children staying overnight never have to be alone. Learn more about our facilities.

    Art WorkFrom the warm and conscientious staff to the colorful artwork on our walls - we strive to make all aspects of the patient experience as soothing and comfortable as possible  


     

    Emotional & Spiritual Support

    The emotional and spiritual challenges that arise from a serious illness can be extremely difficult to manage without the help of a trained professional. We offer several services to help with these challenges, including a psychosocial program for psychological support; spiritual consultation from a variety of perspectives, including interfaith, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant and Roman Catholic faiths; and ethics consulting for families facing difficult decisions and choices regarding care.

    Patient & Family Support Services

    When care requires inpatient stays or frequent outpatient visits, life can feel like it is on hold for everyone. As part of our effort to deliver care for the entire family, we offer patient and family support services that limit the disruptions a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis can cause, and ease the patient’s transition back to life once treatment is complete. Learn about our patient and family support services.

    A mother joins her child during "morning rounds"; we believe that parents are key members of the care
    team and keep them present and involved as much as possible during treatment
     


     

    Intellectual & Creative Nourishment

    It’s not uncommon for children to miss school while being treated for a serious illness – especially when lengthy inpatient stays are required. We offer creative activities, music therapy, educational resources and other ways for kids to have fun and continue their intellectual growth through treatment. We also arrange for social activities such as pizza and movie nights where patients and families can come together and enjoy the company of others who are dealing with similar challenges.

    Clinical Support Programs

    Our clinical support services for survivorship, fertility preservation, palliative care, cancer risk assessment and psychosocial care address the more immediate patient needs that arise from a cancer and blood disorder diagnosis. With these services, we broaden the care beyond diagnosis and treatment to meet the patient and families’ medical, physical and emotional needs before, during, and after care.

    • Genetic Testing

      Pediatric Cancer Risk Program

      A genetic test can explain why a child or young adult developed cancer and can help to predict whether he/she is at risk for other cancers.

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      Childhood Cancer Survivorship

      Our patients have lives outside of the hospital, and we provide the services they need to transition back to home and to thrive in school, work and play.

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      Our Expertise

      Our doctors are among the world leaders in their respective specialties; many have pioneered treatments for pediatric cancer and blood disorders that have been adopted by the medical communities around the globe.

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  • Music Therapy

    Music Therapy Callout
    Music therapy is one of the creative activities we provide patients during prolonged treatments for cancer.
  • Home Hydration Program

    Fernando Morales, a Ewing sarcoma, patient was a good match for an innovative treatment that allowed him to spend more time at home during chemotherapy treatments.