Patient and Family Resource Centers

Patient in Blum CenterIf you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you may have questions about the illness itself, treatment options, how the disease can affect your physical and emotional health, and what support resources are available.

The Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Center and its satellite resource rooms provide comfortable places to learn. Each room offers computer stations, books, brochures, videos, and CDs to help you find the information and support you may need.

The Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Center

The Blum Resource Center, located on the first floor of the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, is staffed by health care professionals and volunteers who are committed to helping you find information so you can make informed decisions. If you have questions, please call 617-632-5570 or 800-525-5068.

You can find information on:

  • Clinical research
  • Stress management
  • Controlling pain
  • Fatigue
  • Explaining cancer to children
  • Spirituality
  • Hospice care
  • Grief
  • Employment discrimination

We also provide:

Adult patients and family members at Dana-Farber can also visit the Robert and Ronnie Bretholtz Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The Betty Ann Blum and Marjorie Blum Pediatric Resource Room

Located on the third floor of the Dana building, this resource room serves parents and families of children receiving care at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. If you have questions, please call 617-632-3900.

At Children's Hospital, pediatric patients and family members can visit the Children’s Hospital Patient and Family Resource Room.

Blum Family Resource Center Van

The Blum Prostate Cancer Education and Screening Program provides prostate cancer education and screening at no cost to the patient. Prostate cancer screening events are staffed with an educator, a phlebotomist, and a doctor, and provide the full range of screening services in accordance with an informed decision-making model. The program also offers patient navigation and follows patients with abnormal results through resolution as necessary.

The 39-foot, custom-designed van is outfitted with a classroom that can accommodate up to 15 people, an area with two computer stations for Internet access, and a fully equipped exam room. The van visits health fairs, golf tournaments, marathons/walks, and other special events throughout Massachusetts and neighboring states. We also offer prostate health and prostate cancer education without the van.

The Blum Community Prostate Cancer Education and Screening Program is a great resource for community organizations, the faith-based community, community health centers, and other organizations that have a health and wellness agenda and want to provide services to the public in an effort to eliminate healthcare disparities.

To schedule the van, schedule an education session without the van, or arrange patient navigation services, contact Mark Kennedy at 617-632-6694 (toll-free 866-791-0386) or email mark_kennedy@dfci.harvard.edu 

Find more educational resources about prostate cancer from the Prostate Health Education Network.

For information about skin cancer screenings on the Blum Van, call 617-632-2614 or email Blum_Van@dfci.harvard.edu 

Light One Little Candle

The Light One Little Candle Foundation at Dana-Farber makes lasting connections for families through literature.

Cancer patients at Dana-Farber can find new children's books for their own children to keep. Each book contains a unique bookplate for patients to write special notes to their children.

The Light One Little Candle Foundation was created by Joelle Pauporte, a young mother, doctor, and breast cancer patient. It was her wish that even during difficult times, other parents with cancer could find the same comfort and joy she experienced with her daughter through reading.

If you would like to be a part of our plan to help comfort the children of cancer patients with a treasured book, you may send any new children's book, in English or another language, to:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Attn: Jessica Ferland
450 Brookline Ave., DA1B30
Boston, MA 02215

The program also has a wish list on Amazon.com to help you make book donations.

For help in choosing books on the wish list or for any other information about the program, please contact Jessica Ferland at 617-632-4235.

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