If your cancer treatment includes surgical procedures, your inpatient care will take place at Brigham and Women's Hospital, which is across the street from Dana-Farber. The two buildings are connected by a bridge that allows patients easy access to services at both institutions.
The Medical Oncology Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where inpatient care is provided, is located on the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and twelfth floors of the Tower.
Special air filter systems on the fourth, sixth, and seventh floors provide a safe environment for patients whose low white blood cell counts place them at higher risk of infection.
A team of medical oncology and palliative care physicians and nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dietitians, psychiatrists, and therapists are on hand to provide you with the very best care during your stay.
Admitting and registration
Prior to your scheduled admission, the medical oncology admissions facilitator will contact you regarding admitting and registration. If you have questions or concerns, please call the admissions facilitator at 617-732-7450.
Nutrition is especially important for patients with cancer. A diet technician will discuss meal options with you when you arrive, and a diet technician or dietitian will continue to visit you daily. Inpatient units provide a variety of snacks between meals and throughout the night to accommodate your needs. If you have questions about your diet or individual food needs, please call the dietitian on the floor to discuss them.
Family and friends are important to our patients. For that reason, you can arrange to have family and friends visit at times beyond the usual visiting hours of 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please speak with a member of the nursing staff to make arrangements.
Please note that fresh flowers and living plants are not allowed on any of the sixth floor medical oncology units. This is because of the special air filter systems installed there to help protect patients from infection. Also, to protect latex-sensitive patients and staff, latex balloons are not allowed.
You and your physician have access to outstanding cancer surgeons and intensive care staff who specialize in the care of cancer patients, as well as to today's most advanced clinical services for diagnosis and treatment. Additional services include:
- Nuclear medicine tests, which provide important information about the structure and function of organs in the body.
- State-of-the-art radiation oncology therapies, including external and internal radiation therapy; radiation therapy for bone marrow transplant; treatment and planning capability, high-precision, stereotactic radio-surgery for brain tumors; and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), the most technologically advanced external beam radiation therapy treatment method. Learn more about our radiation oncology services.
- Respiratory therapy, if needed, such as lung function testing or chest physical therapy. Respiratory therapists also provide inhalable medications or oxygen.
- Radiology services, including X rays, ultrasound, CT scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and inter-operative MRI. Learn more about our radiology services.
- Pain and palliative care services, provided by psychiatrists, anesthesiologists, and psychiatric nurses who can consult with you about your mental and emotional health. Our unique Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care program it specializes in the management of pain and other physical, emotional, social and spiritual concerns that patients and their families face as they cope with a serious illness. Please speak with your doctor, nurse, social worker, or chaplain if you feel that you might benefit from these services.