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Adult Psychosocial Oncology

  • Psychosocial Oncology at Dana-Farber
    Ilana Braun, MD, is chief of Dana-Farber's Department of Adult Psychosocial Oncology. She talks about the importance of mental health support for individuals going through cancer treatment.

  • The caregivers in our Psychosocial Oncology Program, part of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, will work with you to define your concerns and develop an individual treatment plan aimed at helping you cope with emotional stress through all phases of the cancer experience, including:

    • Anxiety and sadness
    • Depression
    • Family coping
    • Relationship issues
    • Personal, spiritual, and existential issues
    • Changes in thinking and behavior

    We work closely with your oncologist, nurses, and other members of your care team to ensure that the care you receive is both comprehensive and coordinated.

    We also work with the Palliative Care team, which helps patients manage pain and other physical, emotional, and spiritual distress during serious illnesses, as well as at the end of life. Additionally, our experts provide personalized support to young adults (ages 18-39) being treated for cancer through our Young Adult Program, as well as support for bereaved families.

    Psychosocial services for patients undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplants

    We offer specialized psychosocial services to patients undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplant (with stems cells from a donor). The psychosocial service team is available before, during, and after transplant to support patients' social and emotional needs. The team works closely with stem cell transplant physicians and nurses to ensure that all aspects of care are coordinated throughout the course of treatment.

    Psychosocial oncology and palliative care

    The Psychosocial Oncology 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 Palliative Care Program.

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