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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.
We are dedicated to treating the whole person. The physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of patients and their families are all vital to achieving positive cancer care outcomes. We offer a wide variety of education and support resources to help patients and their families cope with the challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Program offers a range of support resources around the Cancer Center. The program has an ongoing mission to make support services, as well as respite and community-building areas, more accessible to patients and families throughout the Cancer Center. Phone: 617-724-1822
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. Phone: 617-726-4178
Oncology social workers are licensed mental health professionals who provide support for issues that affect you and your family during cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Each disease center has its own social workers with expertise in your specific disease.
The Oncology Resource Specialist (a member of the Oncology Social Work team) can answer questions about transportation options for cancer patients and local lodging for patients and their families during treatment. We offer a variety of cancer support groups, but if needed the resource specialist can investigate if there are any offered closer to your home. View a list of accommodations. Contact the Oncology Resource Specialist at: (tel) 617-724-0295.
Chaplaincy Phone: 617-726-2220 Support is available to persons of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation.
Education Workshops Phone: 617-724-1822 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:
Environmental Music Program The Mass General Environmental Music Program brings live, high-quality music to public spaces in the hospital to create a calming and soothing environment for patients, families, and staff.
Illuminations ProgramPhone: 617-650-1143 Illuminations is a rotating art exhibit housed throughout the Mass General Cancer Center and many of its affiliate locations.The exhibit is intended to offer enlightenment and encouragement to patients, families, staff, and friends of the Cancer Center as they receive care, provide care, or accompany loved ones.
Images BoutiquePhone: 617-726-3211 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.
The Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) ProgramPhone: 617-724-7272 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.
Lifestyle Medicine Clinic Phone: 617-724-4000 The Lifestyle Medicine Program provides personalized one-on-one consultations for any patient with cancer or a history of cancer who wants to improve their physical fitness, nutrition, quality of life or cancer prognosis.
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.
Palliative Care Program (Outpatient Services)Phone: 617-724-4000Our 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.
Support GroupsPhone: 617-724-1822 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:
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.
Survivorship ProgramPhone: 617-726-4920Mass General has world class clinical programs aimed at overcoming challenges related to quality of life, cardiopulmonary fitness, neurologic complications of cancer therapy, sexual health, and many other issues that impact cancer survivors. Our survivorship program is helping to coordinate these activities across Mass General and ensure that all patients who can benefit have access to these services.
Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing GardenThe 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.
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