When treatment requires in-patient stays or frequent outpatient visits, life can feel like it is on hold for everyone. We offer patients and families support services that limit the disruptions a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis can cause and ease the patient’s transition back to their lives once treatment is complete.
Just for Teens provides activities and events tailored to the specific developmental and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults with cancer. The program gives teen patients creative outlets for self-expression and helps them meet other teens going through similar experiences. Activities include:
For more information, call the Jimmy Fund Clinic at 617-632-5708 or the patient and family educator at Boston Children’s Hospital at 617-355-5645
a child with cancer or a serious blood disorder is challenging, and can be
isolating. Hear from other parents facing similar obstacles, while learning
coping strategies from Dana-Farber clinicians, during our recurring four-week telephone
support group sessions.
by clinicians in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, the support group, which
operates on a secure, password-protected telephone line, will have separate
groups for parents and guardians of oncology patients and those whose children
are undergoing a stem cell transplant, to address the unique needs of each
you are interested, contact Charlotte Sida, LCSW, to be pre-screened: CharlotteM_Sida@dfci.harvard.edu
or 617-632-5359. Meetings will take place Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and are
designed for families in active treatment.
One of the many challenges facing families after treatment is caring for a child with cancer or blood disorder at home. Our Hospital-to-Home program ensures a safe and seamless transition for children back into their home or community. Our Community Outreach nurse provides onsite visits for eligible patients to reinforce patient and family education, identify opportunities to improve care, and conduct a face-to-face handoff with a home-care agency nurse to provide for the specific needs related to the patient’s diagnosis, treatment, side effects, and other requirements. The program is available to all newly diagnosed pediatric oncology and post-transplant patients who live in Massachusetts within 90 miles of Boston.
Call our Community Outreach nurse at 617-355-0472 for more information.
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All of our buildings are wheelchair accessible, and parking assistance is available. In addition, our cancer educational materials are available in large print and audiotape format.
Many of our patients are eligible to use THE RIDE, which provides transportation, including lift-equipped vans, for people with physical and mental disabilities that prevent them from using public transportation.
For more information, call the Dana-Farber ADA coordinator at 617-582-7100 or the Children’s Hospital ADA coordinator at 617-355-8917.