The Difference Friends Make
Whole-person healing means body, mind and spirit.
When we think about supporting cancer patients, research and a cure usually come to mind first. The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center understand that while medical treatment is essential for curing the disease, supportive care is what improves a patient’s daily life and makes every day a little easier and a little better.
Improving patients’ quality of life means alleviating symptoms of their illness and the side effects of treatment, such as pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety and stress. This is achieved through education and emotional support, and through wellness services such as massage, acupuncture, Reiki, yoga, music and art therapy. And a visit to the healing garden for quiet reflection can provide comfort and peace of mind.
That’s why the Friends are committed to funding innovative programs that ease the burden of cancer treatment. Through a myriad of free services, the Friends infuse hope and strength into the daily lives of cancer patients and their families.
Join the Friends
We rely on generous contributions from individual, corporate and foundation donors to fund our crucial supportive care programs. Your donation and participation in the Friends has a direct impact on the daily lives of cancer patients and their families. Please join us and make a difference in someone’s life.
For more information about how you can get involved and become a member of the Friends, contact us.
Programs Funded by the Friends
Through the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Friends are able to fund these and other important programs for cancer patients and their families:
The HOPES Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of patients, their families and friends through free wellness, education and support services. The program was established at Mass General Cancer Center in 1998 and these services have become an integral part of cancer care. Wellness services include music therapy, art therapy, ear acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, yoga, and qigong. These services are offered for free so that they are accessible to everyone who needs them.
The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room is at the heart of the Mass General Cancer Center community. The Resource Room’s experienced clinical staff helps connect patients and families with the array of Mass General services and programs. Whether listening to a patient’s story, assessing current needs, or helping find information, Resource Room’s staff i is there to support patients during their care. Through these brief clinical interventions, patients and families are better able to cope.
The Network for Patients & Families
The Network is a peer support program for patients, families and friends who are living with, through and beyond cancer. The Network offers support and builds a community of cancer survivors through information and member activities:
- Peer matching program
- Annual survivorship conference for survivors, families and friends
- Member support and education meetings
For more information about the Network, contact the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room at 617-724-1822.
The Financial Assistance Fund for Patients and Families
Oncology social workers see hundreds of patients each year who are facing financial challenges as a direct or indirect result of their cancer treatment. The Financial Assistance Fund for Patients and Families allows the oncology social work team to help both adult and pediatric patients and their families on a limited basis to cover incidental or unanticipated financial needs.
The Toy Box For Patients & Siblings
Each week, the Toy Box distributes more than 35 toys to pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. The toys are the children’s to keep and enjoy. They provide positive memories during a rough time.
Additional Programs Supported by the Friends
- Creation of educational booklets and videos in English, Spanish and other languages
- Contributions to The Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden, a rooftop sanctuary
- Provision of magazines, toys, music and refreshments for cancer patients
- Support of a newsletter written for patients and families by patients and families
- An annual award to an oncology nurse who is pursuing further education in cancer care