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Our services are available to patients at any phase of a life-threatening condition, including right after diagnosis or during active treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. Services are also available to those living with a serious chronic illness or dealing with advanced stages of disease. In addition to helping with pain and symptom management, we help patients and families define their goals for care and make treatment choices. All services are coordinated with the other medical specialists delivering care.
The Palliative Care Program welcomes patients and family members who are facing a serious or life-threatening illness, regardless of diagnosis or ability to pay. Services are provided to inpatients and outpatients. If required, we can provide referrals for hospice care.
Our focus is on managing symptoms so that patients can enjoy their friends, families, and activities for as long as possible. Among the unique approaches we use to keep patients comfortable, active and alert are:
Palliative care teams include specialists from a variety of medical areas to help patients and their families with the emotional, physical, social, psychological and spiritual repercussions of late-stage or life-threatening disease. The teams are made up of specially trained physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains who provide care and support that enhances quality of life in the hospital, the patient's home, or in other settings such as a rehabilitation center. Services vary depending on patient and family preferences, but may include:
Services vary depending on patient and family preferences.
As part of the largest hospital-based research program in the United States, the Cancer Center is involved in hundreds of projects aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Among these projects are clinical studies to improve quality of life for cancer patients through palliative care. Recent and current initiatives include:
The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.
Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit displayed in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The program aims to enlighten and encourage patients and their loved ones by enhancing our environment of care.
Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.
A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center
As the MGH celebrates the 20th anniversary of Palliative Care, Vicki Jackson, MD, chief of the Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine Division, talks about the emotion of this milestone, the excitement of embarking on the division’s future projects and the challenges the unit has overcome.
Fourth Annual Robert Leffert, MD, Memorial Lecture available for streaming online.
Vicki Jackson, MD, MPH, was recently featured on WGBH Boston's "You're Not Alone" news special.
Changing the understanding of Palliative Care, a patient's story
MGH Hotline 1.28.11 The loss of a child is one of the most devastating experiences a person can endure.
Division of Palliative Care
For more information on the Memorial Service held every spring and autumn, please contact Margaret Spinale at 617-724-9197.
To schedule an outpatient appointment, please contact Jacqueline Lebron.Phone: 617-724-4000Location: Yawkey Building, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
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