Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC)'s newly revised Transition Program is helping patients with cancer shift from active treatment to survivorship care. Through the program, children who are concluding active therapy now have a formal "transition visit" with their care team, during which patients and family members get a summary of their care, along with recommendations for moving forward. While Dana-Farber has long offered such treatment summaries and recommendations, the process of providing such information was often less structured.
During a typical transition visit, the patient's primary oncology team provides the patient with specific tips and resources, including: a complete summary of regimens and therapies that the patient received at DF/CHCC, a follow-up care plan outlining tests and visits that will be needed during the next several years, and a comprehensive collection of educational resources and information about survivorship care and potential late effects of the cancer. Each transition visit also involves meeting with a psychosocial care provider to address emotional or mental health concerns.
A new online application makes it a snap for patients to stay educated about the drugs they're taking—and report any problems in real time. The application, called Medwatcher, lets users track the latest safety updates from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on specific drugs of interest, as well as read relevant media stories about the drugs. Importantly, it also makes it easier to report adverse events.
"It's well-known that the current framework for finding bad drugs—the next Avandia, for example—is problematic," says John S. Brownstein, PhD, of Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), who helped develop the application. "The goal is to put information directly into the hands of patients and physicians who are on the go, so they can be educated and able to report events quickly."
Medwatcher has a database of more than 10,000 medications and will be adding new medications as they're approved for use. The information gathered through the app will be automatically submitted to the FDA and will be used to inform safety profiles of medications.
More information: healthmap.org/medwatcher
To better serve families living on the North Shore, Children's is expanding the pediatric health care services it has provided since 1995 by opening a new, state-of-the-art specialty care center in Peabody. The new 40,000 square-foot Boston Children's North is scheduled to open in January with clinicians providing care in a wide range of clinical specialties and services to meet the communities' needs.
What you can expect from Boston Children's North:
- the same specialists and exceptional care as in Boston
- more clinical specialties, including Radiology (MRI, Diagnostic, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy), Phlebotomy, EEG Lab, Physical and Occupational Therapy
- free parking without the Boston traffic and hassles
- faster appointments to some of our services
10 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960, opens January 24. Less than a mile south of the Northshore Mall and easily accessible from Route 128 (Exit 28).
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to
Schedule an appointment: 978-538-3600
More information: childrenshospital.org/peabody
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