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At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we respect your values and those of your family in all aspects of care.
As you go through cancer treatment, or guide your child or another family member through it, you may have such questions as:
Advances in technology, multiple treatment options, and differences in beliefs and values can create challenges for all of us. There are so many choices that sometimes we need to pause and ask: What is the right thing to do?
One way to answer this question is to request an ethics consultation.
The Ethics Consultation Service can help you and others involved in your care talk about, understand, and come to agreement about ethical issues. Our goal is to help everyone involved arrive at a resolution that is right for all.
There are usually three phases of an ethics consultation:
No. The recommendations are only advisory. However, we hope they will help you reach a decision that feels right for everyone.
Call the hospital operator at 617-632-3352 and ask for the ethics consultant on call. The ethics consultant is available by page Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you wish to leave a message, call Dana-Farber's ethics hotline and 24-hour confidential voice mail at 617-632-5713.
Call the hospital operator at 617-732-5656 and ask for the ethics consultant on call.
Call the hospital operator at 617-355-6363 and ask for the ethics consultant on call.
The Ethics Consultation Service is part of Dana-Farber's Ethics Advisory Committee.
The committee has about 20 interdisciplinary members, including:
All members of the Committee receive education and training about medical ethics.
Jennifer Kesselheim serves as Co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee and is an associate ethicist at Dana-Farber. She is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist who cares for patients at both Dana-Farber and Boston Children’s Hospital. Kesselheim conducts research to explore how to teach ethics and medical professionalism to physicians.
Call the Dana-Farber ethics hotline and 24-hour confidential voice mail at 617-632-5713.
If you wish to speak to someone immediately, please call the page operator at 617-632-3352 and ask for the ethics consultant on call.