Our program offers a unique breadth and scope of multi-disciplinary treatment and care for AYA patients while at the heart of our program is the importance of addressing the psychological and social problems in the lives of patients in order to provide good quality health care and promote better health. Through our clinical care, research initiatives, and education and community outreach, we expect to advance understanding of the diverse and unique needs of AYA cancer patients, and in turn influence best practice in treatment for young adults with cancer and for future generations.
The Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients. The program was founded in 1997 by child psychiatrist, Dr. Paula K. Rauch, to address the concerns that parents with cancer have about helping their children cope during the parent’s treatment, and with an understanding that some parents would not survive to see their children become adults. Built on the belief that parents are experts on the strengths and needs of their own children, this free service is available to all patients at the Cancer Center. Child psychiatrists or child psychologists meet privately with parents to understand what makes their children and family situation unique and work hand in hand with them to provide guidance. These experienced staff members can explain what parents might expect from their children, when to feel comfortable that a child is handling the situation, and when to intervene.
Hot for Hope has been fortunate to receive support from Novartis Oncology via grants. Novartis has also displayed their support through providing hundreds of books and stuffed animals for the Hot for Hope care packages.