Licensed clinical social workers can offer counseling to patients and families as they face the impact of illness on life, work and relationships. Available by request or by referral from a doctor or nurse, a social worker can help address any concerns about diagnosis, treatment or care.
Support groups can help patients and families cope with a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and find comfort and companionship from other patients.
Dana-Farber’s Family Connections program offers resources to help the families of patients with cancer prepare for the challenges ahead. Guidance, information and inspiration from other families are available by calling 617-632-4235 or visiting Family Connections.
CaringBridge, a nonprofit organization, provides the opportunity for patients to set up a free, personalized, confidential website to share information with family and friends. For information, visit Caring Bridge.
One-to-One: Connecting with Someone Who’s Been There
Patients and family members may appreciate a telephone conversation with someone who has had a similar cancer experience. Through this Dana-Farber program, trained volunteers can help ease concerns, provide information, and offer reassurance and hope. For more information, call 617-632-4020 or visit One-to-One.
Cancer Survivorship: Managing Your Follow-Up Care
Completing cancer treatment is a major milestone. While active treatment is behind you, there may be physical or emotional challenges that you face as a result of your cancer treatment. The survivorship program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital will soon be available to help you navigate these issues. We can help you develop a plan to manage your ongoing care with your primary care and oncology care teams.
This care plan will:
- Summarize the treatments you received during your cancer treatment
- Identify potential late effects, their symptoms, and treatment
- Recommend future cancer screenings and prevention options
- Suggest lifestyle guidelines and genetic counseling if appropriate
The survivorship program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital will be available to patients late summer 2010. In the interim, please visit For Adult Cancer Survivors for a host of resources to help you manage your health after cancer. For more information please call 781-624-3778.
Support groups can provide guidance and companionship about surviving cancer or facing bereavement. In addition, the Perini Family Survivors’ Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston addresses the long-term physical and emotional needs of cancer survivors.