The Adult Palliative Care Program, part of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, 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 health care providers may consider the idea of hospice. This service can help you live as well as possible for as long as possible, manage your symptoms at home, and spend precious time with your loved ones. 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.
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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.
James Tulsky, MD, Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Janet L. Abrahm, MDRachelle Bernacki, MDDouglas E. Brandoff, MDAndrea C. Enzinger, MDJohn David Halporn, MDJoshua Lakin, MDKathleen Lee, MDLida Nabati, MDElizabeth Rickerson, MDJustin Sanders, MD, MScKristen Schaefer, MDJane deLima Thomas, MDJames Tulsky, MD, Department ChairIrene Yeh, MD, MPHMelissa Wachterman, MDHaipeng Zhang, DO
Tracy Daly, NPMaureen Lynch, MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCNBarbara Reville, DNP, NP, Nursing Director, Palliative Care NursingDebra Skoniecki, MS, ANP, ACHPN
Deborah Whalen, RN, BSN, OCN, CHPN
Linda Drury, PA-CAmy Fang, PA-CCourtney Moller, PA-CIan Nagus, PA-CKate Westerman, PA-C
Jessica Goldhirsch, MPH, MSWAmanda Moment, LICSWLauren Schairer, LCSW
Bridget Fowler Scullion, PharmDVictor Phantumvanit, PharmD
Keri Brenner, MDMolly E. Collins, MDAlden Doerner Rinaldi, MDAndrew Lawton, MDJordana Meyerson, MDErin Stevens, DOMark Stoltenberg, MD
Labridgette CombsJennifer Dowd
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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