Cancer can take a dramatic physical toll on patients’ bodies, but the mental and emotional demands of serious illness can be just as difficult. Our support programs can help patients and their families cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room
Yawkey Center, 8th floor, Suite 8C
The caring staff of the Blum Cancer Resource Room provides cancer patients and their families with information and resources for living with cancer, and can help connect you to all of the Cancer Center resources. Drop in to a comfortable place where there is reliable, current information on cancer types, treatments and topics such as managing side effects and tips on nutrition. Browse the lending library or let the staff help you find reliable web information or journal articles. You can also relax with a puzzle or check your e-mail, or enjoy a cup of coffee.
If you call to request information about a certain topic, we will mail it to your home or fax it to you. Requested materials can also be delivered to inpatient floors and to radiation oncology treatment areas.
The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program
Toll Free: 866-724-6737
The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program offers free wellness services, such as acupuncture and yoga, for patients with cancer and their loved ones. The programs can help you feel better throughout your cancer experience. Through a wide range of services, you can learn tips for coping with symptoms and stress. These services are designed to enhance quality of life and help manage a broad range of physical and emotional symptoms. Cancer patients and their families use these methods as tools in which they may maintain health and wellness throughout and beyond treatment.
The Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program
This program provides individual support for cancer patients who have children in their lives. Working hand-in-hand with
parents, PACT’s child psychiatrists and child psychologists offer age-specific guidance for helping children cope with a parent’s cancer.
Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden
The Healing Garden is a year-round respite for Cancer Center patients, families and friends. This rooftop garden allows patients, families and visitors to enter into a landscaped setting for rest and solace. An enclosed, glazed pavilion provides shelter from the elements. Created as a serene respite for cancer patients and their families, the garden has extraordinary views of the Boston skyline and the Charles River Basin, generous seating, gentle water courses, and plentiful greenery year-round. The garden is accessible from the eighth floor in the Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care.
The Network for Patients and Families
This peer support program matches patients and family members with volunteers who are experienced in living with a similar type of cancer.
The Survivorship Program provides a wide range of specialists to help patients with the many different challenges and stages of cancer survivorship. Patients meet one-on-one with a clinician to address their concerns and receive a personalized treatment summary.
Support is available to persons of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation.
Groups led by oncology social workers provide patients, their family members and their friends the chance to share information, gain support and learn how others cope with cancer. Support workshops provide you with a comfortable place to share how you feel and learn how others cope with cancer. Topics include:
- Talking to your children about cancer
- Finding faith and hope
- Moving forward after cancer treatment
The Social Service Department at Massachusetts General Hospital offers many types of support groups, including groups for certain types of cancer, siblings of children with life threatening illnesses, and programs for parents of children with cancer.
Education workshops share the information that can help ease your fear and anxiety. They also let families and friends learn more about what their loved ones are going through. Topics include:
- Radiation therapy
- Clinical trials
- Blood counts
- Exercising during treatment
Palliative Care Program (Outpatient Services)
Our palliative care specialists focus on improving the quality of life of people facing serious illness. From the time of diagnosis, we provide expert management of pain and other symptoms; guidance with difficult treatment choices; and emotional and spiritual support for you and your family. Talk with your doctor or nurse for a referral.
The oncology boutique carries a wide variety of specialized products and services, including wigs, hats, breast prostheses, mastectomy products and lymphedema sleeves. Patients can learn more about skin care and managing hair loss. Our specially trained staff will provide you with personalized advice and assistance, and will teach you ways to minimize and manage the changes in appearance resulting from cancer treatment. They will work with you to create a plan that will help you look and feel your best throughout and following treatment. The boutique is located in the Yawkey Center on the 9th floor. Ask the staff about the frequent shopping card, which offers additional savings at this boutique, along with other Mass General stores.
Our approach to patient care unites cancer specialists across the hospital to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient, ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Contact the Cancer Center to schedule an appointment with one of our cancer specialists