The Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program offers guidance to parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and are concerned about the impact their cancer diagnosis and treatment may have on their children. PACT staff clinicians work together with parents, drawing on their combined knowledge and experience to develop a plan that each parent can follow to support their child’s continued healthy development.
- PACT clinicians provide individual consultations with parents (the parent with cancer and/or a healthy parent or partner) for one to several sessions, as needed.
- Meetings can be scheduled Monday through Friday at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
- The initial meeting usually lasts about an hour. During this meeting, the PACT clinician asks questions to learn about the parent, other members of the family, their experiences with cancer, and specific concerns. The clinician will talk with the parents to learn about each child’s age, temperament, behavior, and any worries a child may have expressed.
- At the end of the consultation, the parent should feel better prepared to talk with his or her child, make plans to support the child’s coping, and feel better able to recognize signs that more help may be needed.
- Parents, together with the clinician, determine the need for follow-up visits.
- Parents can visit the MGH Cancer Resource Room for a weekly drop-in parent group without appointment. This group meets Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. and is staffed by a PACT clinician. (See the HOPES seminar schedule for more information.)