The Adult Palliative Care Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center helps adults with cancer live as well as possible while facing a serious or life-threatening illness.
Palliative care can be helpful through all stages of illness. Early on, it can help make medical treatments more tolerable; at later stages, it can reduce suffering, help you carry on with daily life, assist you in planning for future medical care, and provide support for living with a life-threatening illness.
Palliative care focuses on the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Our team of professionals aims to provide comfort, preserve your dignity, and help you achieve open communication with your family and caregivers.
Coping with Cancer Pain: A Handbook for Patients
By working with you, your oncology team, and providers in your community, we blend palliative care into your cancer therapy. We provide:
If your illness progresses despite the treatments you're receiving at Dana-Farber, you and your caregivers may address the idea of hospice.
This service can enhance the quality of the time you have left and enable you to manage your symptoms and address emotional and spiritual concerns. It can help you spend time with loved ones and live your final days with dignity. We are happy to provide information or a referral to hospice care.
The Adult Palliative Care Program is part of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care. Our teams help cancer patients and their families maintain the best quality of life during and after treatment. Our clinicians include physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, and a pharmacist who work closely with you and your healthcare team to provide integrated care and support your unique needs.
Learn more about the Adult Psychosocial Oncology Program
Our expert physicians, nurses, and pharmacist work together with social workers and chaplains to offer compassionate expertise to you, your family, and your oncology team. Our staff is experienced in helping patients and families manage distress in the face of serious illness and at life's end.
We also conduct research on palliative, psychosocial, and end-of-life issues, and provide training for healthcare professionals.
Janet L. Abrahm, MD,Chief, Division of Adult Palliative CareSusan Block, MD, Department Chair, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Rachelle Bernacki, MDDouglas E. Brandoff, MDLida Nabati, MDSanjeet Narang, MD (Anesthesia/Pain Specialist)Elizabeth Rickerson, MDKristen Schaefer, MDKathy J. Selvaggi, MD, MSJane deLima Thomas, MDDavid Thomas, MDIrene Yeh, MD, MPH
Katie Fitzgerald, RN, BSN, MSN, APRN-BCJennifer Kales MS, ACHPN, APRN, BC, ANPMaureen Lynch, MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCNLorie Trainor, MSN, APRN-BC
Linda Drury, PA-CAmy Fang, PA-CIan Nagus, PA-CAndrea Rines, PA-CKate Westerman, PA-C
Phil Higgins, LICSWAmanda Moment, LICSWArden O'Donnell, LCSW
Bridget Fowler, PharmDVictor Phantumvanit, PharmD
Jensy Stafford, MDAnya Lepp, MDKate Nelson, MD (Pediatric)Kevin Nguyen, MDEva Reitschuler-Cross, MDJacob Strand, MDBrooke Worster, MD
If you would like to learn more about our services, please talk with your oncologist or call us at 617-632-6464.
You can also request a print copy of our brochure Coping with Cancer Pain: A Handbook for Patients by calling the above number.
If you need to talk to someone about pediatric palliative care, please call the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at 617-632-5042.
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