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The Adult Hematology Treatment
Center at Dana-Farber/Brigham and
Women’s Cancer Center is one of the largest and most
respected treatment centers in the world for patients with disorders of the
blood or bone marrow.
Because hematological disorders take many different forms,
your care team includes experts with specialized knowledge in treating your
Our physicians, radiologists, nurse practitioners, and
other care providers work closely together to develop a treatment approach
tailored to the unique characteristics of your disease and to accommodating your
The Center also conducts a wide range of clinical research. in which potential new therapies are tested and evaluated. Clinical trials give patients access to the latest, most advanced treatments available.
The Center provides treatment for patients with a wide array of conditions, including:
Anemia and other red blood cell disorders, including iron deficiency anemia, anemia of chronic disease, vitamin B12 deficiency, sickle cell anemia, and thalassemia.
Disorders of coagulation and thrombosis such as hemophilia, von Willibrand’s disease, factor V Leiden, and antiphospholipid syndrome.
White blood cell disorders,including neutropeniaand leukocytosis.
Platelet disorders, such as thrombocytopenia (ITP and TTP) and thrombocytosis.
Myeloproliferative disorders, which include polycythemia vera, thrombocythemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, and primary myelofibrosis.
Bone marrow failure disorders, such as aplastic anemia, myelodysplasia, and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.
Iron metabolism disorders, including hemochromatosis and porphyria.
Plasma cells and antibody production disorders, which include benign monoclonal gammopathy, cryoglobulinemia, and amyloidosis.
The Center also helps patients manage anticoagulant medications, such as warfarin, low molecular weight heparin, and anti-platelet agents.
Learn more about patient care at the Hematology Treatment Center
Referring physicians: 617-732-6089
New patient inquiries: 617-732-6089
All other inquiries: 617-732-5190
Our licensed social workers are here to help adult patients and their loved ones face the many new concerns and anxieties following a cancer diagnosis, offering emotional support and assistance with obtaining needed resources.
If you are dealing with the death of a loved one, grief can be a lonely and isolating experience. The Bereavement Program provides support to bereaved family members and friends following the death of a patient.
Concierge Services is your one-stop place to learn about Dana-Farber programs, services and resources, as well as information on getting around Boston, finding lodging or restaurants, and activities in the area.
The Expressive Arts Therapy program, sponsored by the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, provides adult patients, family members, and caregivers with a variety of options to support well-being during cancer treatment. From live music meditation to painting technique workshops, the program offers a range of creative outlets to suit every interest.
Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital, including parking facilities, are fully accessible to people with disabilities. There are wheelchairs at the main entrance, and security staff can provide personal assistance. We also have many educational materials available in large print and audiotape formats.
The Ethics Consultation Service is available for patients and families who may be facing difficult decisions and choices regarding care. Our goal is to bring together patients, families and health care providers to talk about ethical concerns and help everyone involved arrive at a resolution that is right for all.
This comprehensive resource offers guidance, information and resources to support the entire family, including how to talk to children about cancer, advice for the well partner, and creating a support network.
Find practical tips and suggestions for individuals caring for a family member or friend with cancer, including creating a caregiving plan, finding community resources, and looking after your own well-being.
Friends' Place provides personal consultations to help cancer patients of all ages cope with changes in physical appearance that result from cancer treatment. Our experienced, compassionate team provides fittings for compression garments or breast prostheses, helps with wigs and other head coverings, and offers make-up and skincare advice.
The Friends' Corner Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, offers a wide selection of unique gifts and everyday items for patients, families and staff.
Dana-Farber offers several services to help you and your family manage the financial side of cancer treatment. From creating bill payment schedules and estate planning advice to debt management and resource assistance for patients in need, our team is here for you.
Every year, thousands of patients with cancer from around the world come to Dana-Farber for their care. We provide a wide array of logistical and other services for individuals who live outside the United States.
Dana-Farber provides interpreting services for patients whose first language is not English. Interpreters may be requested for any activity, including registration, booking appointments, attending treatments and exams, support groups, and meetings with doctors and other members of your health care team.
Our nutritionists are registered dietitians who can assist you in planning an optimal diet during any stage of your cancer journey, cope with any side effects you may experience, and answer your questions about the latest findings on cancer and nutrition.
The Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Center and its satellite resource rooms are staffed by health care professionals and provide computer stations, books, brochures, videos, and CDs to help you find information and support on a variety of issues about cancer treatment and care.
Patients websites help friends and family members stay up-to-date on their loved ones' condition and write messages of support and encouragement.
The Dana-Farber pharmacy fills prescriptions for all pediatric and adult patients. Our pharmacists are an extension of the patient care team and work closely with your physicians to provide seamless, convenient, safe care.
More than 1,200 Dana-Farber patients and their families have enjoyed free trips to baseball games, theater shows, museums, and other attractions this year through the Recreational Resources program.
Through all stages of cancer treatment and survivorship, our Spiritual Care staff is available 24 hours a day to provide emotional and spiritual support for adults and pediatric patients and family members.
Integrative therapies, also known as complementary therapies, range from acupuncture and massage to nutritional guidance and music therapy. Patients treated at the Zakim Center credit its services with easing nausea, improving circulation, and reducing pain, stress, and anxiety associated with cancer treatment.
Anemia is usually a temporary condition caused by your cancer treatment, including both chemotherapy and radiation.
Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Your red blood cell count may fall slowly during treatment. When your hemoglobin and hematocrit fall below a certain range, you are anemic. This may cause you to feel very tired and emotional. Learn more about blood counts.
Other symptoms of anemia are extreme weakness, headache, paleness, and sleep problems.
Call your doctor right away for:
Adapted from LifeWithCancer.org