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If your cancer treatment includes inpatient hospitalization, your care will be led by our medical oncology hospitalists (also called attending physicians or attendings) will manage your hospital care.
Our hospitalists, who are medical oncologists dedicated solely to inpatient care, work in multidisciplinary teams with nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, and other medical specialists – and every team member is focused on your needs throughout your hospital stay.
Coordinating closely with your primary medical oncologist, your medical oncology hospitalist and team will manage day-to-day issues while you are hospitalized, such as any medical complications that may arise from cancer or cancer treatment.
You can have peace of mind knowing that your inpatient oncology team will make any decisions about your care goals and treatment plan in close collaboration with your primary medical oncologist.
Through the partnership of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), your inpatient oncology team has access to all of the resources of a world-class institution.
You and your physician have access to outstanding surgeons and intensive care staff who specialize in the care of cancer patients, as well as to today's most advanced clinical services for diagnosis and treatment.
Inpatient clinical services include:
Inpatient care services are provided by Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.
The two hospitals are connected by a bridge that allows patients easy access to services at both institutions.
Family and friends are important to our patients. For this reason, you can arrange to have family and friends visit at times beyond the usual visiting hours of 1:00 – 8:00 p.m. Please speak with a member of the nursing staff to make arrangements.
Please note that fresh flowers and living plants are not allowed on any of the medical oncology units. This is because of the special air filter systems installed there to help protect patients from infection. Also, to protect latex-sensitive patients and staff, latex balloons are not allowed.
On the day of your scheduled admission, please contact Bed Planning at 617-732-7472 to find out when to come in and where to go for your admission.
Nutrition is especially important for patients with cancer. A diet technician will discuss meal options with you when you arrive, and a diet technician or dietitian will continue to visit you daily. Inpatient units provide a variety of snacks between meals and throughout the night to accommodate your needs. If you have questions about your diet or individual food needs, please call the dietitian on the floor to discuss them.
Below are some helpful information resources to help you and your loved ones travel to, and navigate within, the hospital:
Maps and directions to Dana-Farber
Directions to BWH
Public Transportation to BWH
Parking at BWH
BWH campus map
BWH Patient Rooms and Room Amenities
Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital are constantly researching ways to optimize inpatient care, quality and safety, treatment outcomes, and the patient experience.
Some of the many current research studies and projects include:
Edwin Alyea, III, MD, Director, Oncology Hospital MedicineBrett Glotzbecker, MD, Medical Director, Inpatient Physician Assistant ProgramNancy Andrea, MDEddy Chen, MDAymen Elfiky, MD, MA, MPH, MScPrashant Nageshwar, MDRushdia Yusuf, MD
Depending on their needs, our patients have access to experts in every specialty area through our partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital. Find a Brigham and Women's Hospital physician.