Patients will receive an initial nutritional assessment by one of the nurses. Additionally, a nutritionist will be available throughout the course of treatment if needed.
Social work services are available to all patients to assist with emotional issues, community services, and financial and transportation concerns.
Yoga and massage therapy are held weekly in the department. If required, access to outpatient physical therapy will be arranged as well.
For patients who reside in the Boston area, van rides are available by appointment. They are provided on a space available basis.
As a courtesy to patients, the Department of Radiation Oncology offers parking at no charge to all patients while they are undergoing radiation treatment within the department. To obtain a parking placard, patients can see the receptionist at the front desk after receiving their treatment schedule. Patients will be issued a parking placard that they can use through the last day of their radiation treatments.
The patient parking area is located in front of the Moakley Building, 830 Harrison Avenue, which allows easy access to our department through the main entrance of the building. A valet can direct the patient to the parking area. Valets will also park cars for handicapped patients or those needing assistance.
Patients must leave the placard in their car window, as this will identify them as one of the Department of Radiation Oncology’s patients. Once they have completed their treatments, the placard will expire. If necessary, BMC can also help arrange transportation. Patients with transportation requirements should inform the therapist, so the department can do its best to accommodate their needs.
Support groups at Boston Medical Center give patients and their families who are affected by similar diseases an opportunity to meet and discuss ways to cope with their illness. For more information, please visit Cancer Support Services.