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World-Leading Cancer Care Now on the South Shore

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
October 20, 2009
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, MA — (October 20, 2009) — The new Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital at 101 Columbian St. in Weymouth is now open and welcoming patients.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South Shore Hospital are collaborating to offer multidisciplinary, integrated cancer care in one convenient location, including access to many of the innovative treatments available at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in Boston.

“I like to tell people that our patients are just an elevator ride away from all of the services they need to fight their cancer,” said Frances Friend, executive director of the cancer center. “It is a very important new resource for families on the South Shore.”

The new Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital features medical oncology and radiation oncology services provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a multispecialty surgical oncology program provided by physicians from South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and diagnostic imaging services provided by South Shore Hospital and Harbor Medical Associates. South Shore Hospital’s Breast Care Center will relocate to the cancer center and will continue to provide a full range of comprehensive care for both benign and malignant breast conditions.

To help further promote healing and recovery for patients, the center also offers integrative and supportive therapies, including everything from yoga to Reiki to acupuncture treatments. In addition, the center includes a healing garden, a patient/family resource room, cafe´, and shop offering cancer care supplies, as well as free valet parking and a parking garage with a climate-controlled walkway that takes patients directly into the facility.

Please call (781) 624-5000 or visit www.dfbwcc.org/southshore for more information.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 820-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,500 people, supported by a team of 500 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE or visit www.southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

Brigham and Women's Hospital Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 777-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health care delivery network. In July of 2008, the hospital opened the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center, the most advanced center of its kind. BWH is committed to excellence in patient care with expertise in virtually every specialty of medicine and surgery.  The BWH medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in quality improvement and patient safety initiatives and its dedication to educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Biomedical Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, involving more than 860 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by more than $416 M in funding. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative. For more information about BWH, please visit www.brighamandwomens.org.

 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. Dana-Farber has long been ranked as the best cancer hospital in New England by U.S. News and World Report and is the top hospital recipient of research funding from the National Cancer Institute and The National Institutes of Health.



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