Supportive Care for Radiation Oncology Patients at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Acupuncture treatments can to help reduce stress and relieve symptoms and side effects of cancer treatment.  Acupuncture, provided by a Licensed Acupuncturist, is offered to patients receiving radiation treatment and is free of charge.

Massage Therapy
Experience how massage can help decrease stress, anxiety and muscle tension. Chair massages sessions are offered to radiation oncology patients and family members to promote relaxation. Session are provided by a Licensed Massage Therapist

Nutrition workshops
Meet with the Cancer Center nutritionist and learn how eating well can make you feel better. Learn about the importance of various foods and wellness. Session are led by an Oncology Nutritionist.

Speech, language and Swallowing Pathology
Speech-language pathologists work collaboratively with our Radiation Oncologists treating patients with head and neck malignancies, to maximize the patient’s communication and oral and pharyngeal swallowing abilities to help them function at an optimal level.

Open Art Studio
Drop in art sessions to promote and encourage creativity using various art mediums may increase relaxation. Come express yourself. Sessions are led by Expressive Arts Therapists. Art Classes

Gentle Yoga
Open to all Radiation Oncology patients and family members, Gentle Yoga is an easy form of exercise that uses mild stretching and healthy breathing to promote relaxation, flexibility and wellness. No yoga experience is necessary.

Floral Therapy
Floral therapy provides an opportunity for patients to come together to relax and express themselves through the art of floral arrangement. These arrangements may be brought home, or given as a gift to another cancer patient.

Spiritual Well-being 
Informal sessions, led by the Oncology Chaplain, are offered to help patients renew and refresh their spirits.

Music Therapy
Experience music’s ability to increase coping skills and promote relaxation.
Sessions are led by Music Therapists. No musical ability is required.

Social Service
Attend monthly sessions on various topics to learn how to cope and balance personal and family needs as you go through treatment. Learn about other resources available to patients and families. Monthly sessions are led by a Licensed Social Worker

The Patient Navigator
The Patient Navigator is available to meet with newly diagnosed patients to assist with access issues, local housing, including the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge and Home Away From Home. Our Patient Navigator will introduce other available resources within the Cancer Center, MGH, outside facilities and within the community.

Oncology Resource Specialist
Our Social Service Oncology Resource Specialist is available to give you information about community transportation options if you need assistance getting to your appointments and to provide information about temporary lodging for patients who require local housing during their course of treatment.

Toy and Sibling Program for Pediatric Patients
Toy Friday is an anticipated day for all the children under treatment.  The toys are a reward for a “job well done” during that week.  Siblings are also acknowledged, and share in the fun of selecting a toy from the Treasure Cabinet each week.

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Located in the Yawkey Center on the 9th floor, this oncology boutique offers a selection of wigs, hats, and scarves, in addition to specialty products for patients with breast cancer, such as breast prostheses and mastectomy products. Staff is available to discuss topics such as managing hair loss, in a group setting or on a one – one basis.

Hopes Program
The Mass General Cancer Center HOPES program offers free wellness services, education and support workshops. Learn more about the HOPES program and view the HOPES calendar of events at here.

All sessions and services are free of charge.

Program offerings may vary at our Emerson Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and North Shore Danvers locations.

Contact Us

If you have further questions about supportive care programs in the Department of Radiation Oncology please send an email to: informationradonc@partners.org