Patient and Family Resource Centers

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, along with its satellite resource rooms, provides patients and family members with a comfortable environment to learn more about disease treatment and management. The center is staffed by nurses, volunteers, and medical educators who are ready to answer your questions and help with your inquiries and needs.

Blum Resource Center  

About the Blum Resource Center

volunteer and patient in the Blum Resource Center  

At the Blum Resource Center, you can find information on specific diseases ranging from common cancers to rare blood disorders. Resource pamphlets, teaching sheets, and books are offered in English and other languages, and provide detailed information on variety of topics including:

  • Bone marrow transplants
  • Cancer in the family; explaining cancer to children
  • Caregiver resources
  • Chemotherapy, radiation surgery, and targeted therapy
  • Clinical research and clinical trials
  • Financial resources
  • Grief
  • New diagnosis
  • Nutrition
  • Palliative care
  • Recommended cancer-related websites
  • Spirituality
  • Stress management and emotional health
  • Support services at Dana-Farber and beyond
  • Survivorship
  • Symptom management

The Blum Resource Center offers computer stations, copy and fax machines, charging stations, videos, CDs, a private consult room, and a Library Catalog lending library. Ongoing support groups, seminars, and lectures are conducted at the resource center, where Dana-Farber's Calendar of Events can be found.

Information on Adult Cancer Care

At the Blum Resource Center, we are dedicated to providing patients and families with access to information about their particular disease and the diagnoses and treatments we offer to address that disease.

At the center, we offer access to comprehensive information that includes:


Adult Support Programs and Services

art activity participants at the Blum Resource Center  

The Blum Resource Center offers a wide array of programs and services for patients and families before, during, and after their treatment at Dana-Farber. Our comprehensive services that include:

  • Family Connections Backpack Program: Family Connections is dedicated to supporting adult cancer patients who are parents and their children. The mission is to offer guidance, information, and resources to those who are dealing with cancer in their family, and to identify and respond to the needs of parents and children by supporting, supplementing, and empowering family coping. The Family Connections Backpack Program, located at the Blum Resource Center, offers age-appropriate backpacks filled with information and creative relaxation materials to help children though the difficult time of dealing with a parent who has cancer.

    In addition, our Caregiver Hope Program (at 617-632-3301) offers a complimentary bag filled with information/Dana-Farber resources and practical tips specifically for any caregiver.
  • Adult Survivorship Program: Dana-Farber's Adult Survivorship Program, a member of the LIVESTRONG Survivorship Center of Excellence Network, focuses on caring for, supporting, educating, and learning from adult patients in the years after their cancer treatment.
  • Creative Arts Program: Located in the Blum Resource Center, the Open Arts Studio is a walk-in space that provides materials for, and assistance with, independently exploring creative arts. The Open Arts Studio is open Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is staffed by volunteers. All materials and art instruction are provided free of charge.
  • Hand Woven Comfort Hats: The Blum Resource Center provides hand-woven hats that have been made just for patients, where patients are able to select a hat that is the perfect color, fit, and style for them. These hats provide both warmth and comfort, reminding patients that they are loved and cared for by many. Please note: If you would like to donate hats, scarves, or blankets, please make sure they are individually wrapped to conform with infection control standards.
  • Light One Little Candle: The Light One Little Candle Foundation at Dana-Farber makes lasting connections for families through literature. 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 comfort and joy through reading. The program also has a wish list on 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.
  • Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies: Integrative therapies (also known as complementary therapies) range from acupuncture and massage to nutritional guidance and music therapy. Patients treated at the Zakim Center credit its services with easing nausea, improving circulation, and reducing pain, stress, and anxiety associated with cancer treatment.
  • Blum Resource Van: The Blum Family Resource Center Van is now the home to Dana-Farber's Sun Safety Education and Skin Cancer Screening Program, which provides sun safety and skin cancer-related information and screening at no cost. Sun Safety events are run by health educators, who teach participants about sun-safe practices, according to an evidence-based curriculum. There is also a dermatologist present for skin cancer screenings at most events.

    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, beaches, private businesses and corporations, public events, and other special events throughout Massachusetts. For information about skin cancer screenings on the Blum Van, call 617-632-2614.
  • Information about Patient and Family Support: From adult social work, to insurance and financial assistance, to sexual health, to recreational resources — find out about our comprehensive support services for patients and their families.

Pediatric Resource Centers

The Betty Ann Blum and Marjorie Blum Pediatric Resource Room

pediatric patient in Blum Center  

Located on the third floor of the Dana building, the Blum Pediatric Resource Room — with resources for parents, and activities and iPads for children and teens — serves parents and families of children receiving care at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. For information and questions, please call 617-632-3900.

The Hale Center at Children's Hospital

At Children's Hospital, inpatient pediatric patients and their family members can visit the Hale Family Center for Families. Services include:

  • Accommodations: Patient Family Housing Program and ICU Sleep Spaces
  • Call center: Facilitates communication between community-based physicians and Boston Children's physicians
  • Activity space and library: Books on medical and developmental topics, as well as children's, teen and adult books, videos, and games
  • Clothing closet: Offers donated supplies for patients and families with a clinical referral
  • Computer/print/copy/fax/scan, video phone, and phone-charging station: Internet-accessible computers and phones for relaxation, work, and the creation of Care Pages
  • Family partnerships: Family Advisory Council, Family-to-Family Program, and Teen Advisory Committee
  • Lactation Support Program: Breastfeeding assessment, evaluation, education, and support
  • Parking Program: Parking assistance for income-eligible inpatient families
  • Pawprints Program: Visits from dogs, for a healthy, fun diversion from hospital routine
  • Playground: Rents basketballs to patient families and provides directions to playgrounds within Boston Children's walls and surroundings
  • Puerto Rico Program: Provides information and resources to patient families from Puerto Rico

Pawprints Program - pediatric patient with a dog  


Contact Us

Blum Patient and Family Resource Center
Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, 1st Floor
450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

617-632-5570 or 800-525-5068

Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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  • Lending Library

    • The Blum Resource Center has a lending library of many cancer-related reading materials, CDs, videos, and educational resources. Patients, families, and staff can search and reserve online from hundreds of titles, including personal stories related to cancer care, symptom management, yoga, nutrition, and talking to children about cancer.
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