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Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center offers your child a team of pediatric specialists and nurses who focus solely on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric cancers. Our specialists are actively involved in pediatric cancer research and use the latest clinical techniques to improve outcomes and quality of life for our patients.
Our caregivers understand that a cancer diagnosis affects an entire family, and that it affects each family in different ways.
From your very first visit, you'll find our team is committed to supporting all of your family's physical and psychosocial needs. To provide continuity throughout care, your child will be assigned a primary team of health care professionals led by a pediatric oncologist (cancer specialist) or hematologist (blood disease specialist) who is a senior staff physician. Other caregivers you will regularly see include a pediatric oncology fellow (a physician) or a nurse practitioner, an inpatient nurse, an outpatient nurse and a psychosocial clinician.
In addition to doctors and nurses, many other members of our team will support your family. Clinic facilitators, a resource specialist, Child Life specialists and other knowledgeable staff are available to help your family handle any practical concerns you may encounter, from finding housing to getting support about financial matters.
If your child stays overnight on one of Children's dedicated units, the room will have bedside accommodations for one parent. Each unit also has family support space and a child activity room.
Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic is also built with your entire family in mind. The reception area provides separate waiting areas for young children and teens. Inside the clinic, private consultation rooms provide comfortable waiting areas during initial visits and second opinions.
When it comes to caring for a child with cancer, it's important that the care team is made up of pediatric specialists. That's why our specialists are specifically trained in diagnosing and treating childhood cancers.
More than 100 doctors are on our Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center team, including some of the world's best pediatric surgeons, pathologists and imaging specialists from Boston Children's Hospital.
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