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Medical Oncology

Medical oncology care and outpatient infusion are provided by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on the third floor of the Cancer Center, where patients have check-ups and confer with their medical oncologist (doctor who specializes in cancer) and oncology nurse.medical oncologists

  • Care is managed by oncologists and nurse practitioners from Harbor Medical Associates, who have joined the Dana-Farber staff and also hold appointments at South Shore Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
  • Infusion services include chemotherapy, as well as additional medications and treatments (such as hydration).
  • Patients receive infusion in private or semi-private “bays.”  Sessions last between one and several hours and are generally given at one- to three-week intervals. Complimentary snacks are available, and lunch is offered to patients receiving treatment at mid-day.


Chemotherapy is a treatment that can help eliminate cancer cells or prevent them from multiplying in the body. Chemotherapy is generally administered by infusion, but might come in other forms, such as a pill (oral chemotherapy).


The medical oncology unit includes a pharmacy, where pharmacists prepare and dispense chemotherapy and other medications, and serve on our care team. To enhance patient safety, they use advanced technologies, such as a computerized ordering system and bar-coded medications.  Pharmacists are available to answer questions, but the pharmacy is unable to fill personal prescriptions.


A Harbor Medical Associates laboratory on the third floor analyzes blood and other samples, with rapid turnaround of results.

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