Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center launches new website

May 12, 2013

David Williams, MD and Lisa Diller, MD

BOSTON -- Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has redesigned its website to make it easier for people to access the latest information on blood diseases and cancers of childhood, including the latest treatments and research. Incorporating feedback from patients’ families, clinicians and employees, the new site features more user-friendly navigation and expanded and more comprehensive pages.

“When parents learn that their child may have cancer or a blood problem, they want information that will help their child. One of the things they do is search the web, so in the redesign of our website we focused significant attention on making it easy to use and comprehensive,” said Lisa Diller, MD, chief medical officer for Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

“Cancer care takes a village,” said Diller, and the new website allows parents and referring physicians to access the whole village – viewing information about the many types of services needed to care for complex patients. Comprehensive care at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s is provided by cancer surgeons, medical sub-specialists, diagnostic imaging specialists, pathologists, genetic counselors, mental health professionals and many others. Patients and families can learn about these services and the many diagnostic and treatment options available in the Clinical Services section of the website.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s treats more than 100 forms of cancer and blood disorders in children and young adults. The Conditions section of the website includes information on many of these diseases and disorders and their associated treatment centers. The Centers & Programs section of the website focuses on Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s five clinical centers, providing information about the Blood Disorders Center, the Brain Tumor Center, the Hematologic Malignancies Center, the Solid Tumors Center and the Stem Cell Transplant Center. On these pages, parents and patients can “meet” the faculty and staff who specialize in these areas.

Because cancer and blood disorders affect the entire family, a newly expanded For Families section on the site includes resources available within and on the outside of the hospital; supporting the entire family with access to emotional, financial, spiritual and clinical support services provided by doctors, trained professionals and compassionate volunteers.

The site also has an updated section for referring physicians, which includes information on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s faculty, the research and clinical trials offered by the center, the second opinions and the patient referral process, continuing medical education opportunities, and the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s fellowship program.

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