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About the Collaborative

The Carl & Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center is proud to be a member of the Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center Collaborative (DF/BCC), providing our staff and patients access to the latest and most effective, evidence-based best practices and standards in cancer treatment and research. One of the nation’s “Best Hospitals for Cancer” (according to U.S. News & World Report), DF/BCC further enhances the quality, value and efficiency of medical oncology and radiation oncology services at Stamford Health.

In 2016, Stamford Health joined the collaborative which includes a select group of hospitals that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by meeting a wide range of cancer care standards and best practices. Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center and other specialists conducted an extensive and rigorous review of the Bennett Cancer Center’s outpatient adult medical and radiation oncology practices and procedures, including:

  • Patient safety protocols
  • Nursing and pharmacy practices
  • Chemotherapy administration
  • Information systems

As of the fall 2020, Stamford Health and Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center have pioneered a deeper relationship

The expanded relationship includes a mutual commitment to offering the very best in cancer care in a healing environment without having to travel. As a patient, you can expect the following:

  • Access to more resources than ever before 
  • Access to leading DF/BCC expert physicians for second opinions and consultations 
  • Expanded options for treatment based on the latest research available through the collaborative 
  • Additional clinical trials available to you, if you qualify 

Does this mean I’ll need to be sent to Boston to receive additional treatment?

No, this does not mean that you will need to travel to Boston. It does mean that you can receive second opinions from world- renowned experts at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center through the collaborative cancer conferences that the BCC oncologists participate in with their colleagues in Boston.

Also, your oncologist may work with a physician at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center to obtain a second opinion virtually. However, if there are very promising studies or treatments only available there and not available locally, then we may recommend going to Boston. If this is the case, we will ensure you are seen in a timely manner.

How do I find out if I, personally, can benefit from this collaborative?

You can ask your oncologist about a second opinion. Because of the collaboration, we have much easier and faster access to the leaders in the field to ensure that we have considered all treatment options.

If I need cancer treatment, how do I directly benefit from this collaborative?

Sometimes in complicated cases, it can be confusing and time consuming to see different oncologists. We can present cases to the experts at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center either at the collaborative cancer case conferences or through direct communication with individual physicians. The experts will collaborate to recommend one treatment plan, which can help you feel more confident in the care you will receive, giving you peace of mind.

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