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 childhood illness affects the whole family. Many parents find themselves overwhelmed and uncertain about how to navigate treatment and the changes it will bring. Parents Together helps parents of children treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center cope with treatment by providing resources and guidance related to areas like managing side effects and supporting siblings. Learn more about Parents Together.
One of the many challenges facing families after treatment is caring for a child with a blood disorder or cancer 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.