Medical Oncology Clinical Activities

The Department of Medical Oncology spans two main clinical areas:

The department's clinical activities deliver the highest standard of patient care from 19 disease-oriented clinical divisions and programs, each of which focuses on a specific type or sub-type of malignancy. Our clinical divisions encompass multidisciplinary clinics and active clinical research programs — with approximately 288,000 outpatient visits and 160,000 visits for chemotherapy infusions each year.


The department's clinical divisions are directed by nationally-recognized leaders in their fields. These include:

Hematologic Malignancies

Solid Tumor Oncology

Interdisciplinary Centers and Programs

Outpatient Care

Yawkey Center for Cancer Care

We deliver advanced, compassionate outpatient clinical care at several locations, including at our state-of-the-art Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in Boston's Longwood Medical Area, which was designed with patient input to facilitate patient flow and optimize patient care.

The Yawkey Center connects to other Dana-Farber buildings and to our clinical partners, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) — providing patients with seamless coordination of care.

The Yawkey Center's advanced design fosters collaboration between clinicians and researchers. Bridges connect treatment areas to related research labs. 

To accommodate expanding demand, we also opened Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Chestnut Hill, a substantial new outpatient clinic in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Inpatient Care

Medical oncologists within the department provide inpatient care to cancer patients hospitalized at BWH and the Dana-Farber inpatient hospital. Trained oncologists in our Hospitalist Medicine division focus their clinical efforts entirely on specialized inpatient care.

For hospitalized patients, our clinical centers coordinate highly specialized care from surgeons, radiation oncologists, and other providers, and also incorporate palliative caresurvivorshippathology, and imaging into everyday care.

Satellite Locations

The department operates or oversees multiple cancer programs in the region, extending the geographic area in which we can provide care of the highest quality and level of innovation. Our community sites include:

Clinical Programs and Initiatives

Our department's recent clinical care initiatives include:

  • Development of an Acute Care Clinic to provide same-day outpatient evaluation and symptom management for Longwood-based adult patient
  • Detailed algorithms for the treatment or referral of specific toxic manifestations, including immunotherapy
  • New inpatient specialized-care service for patients with suspected or proven immunotherapy-related toxicity
  • Establishment of the Cancer Diagnostic Service for rapid workup and diagnosis of undiagnosed patients suspected of having cancer

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