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    Janet L. Abrahm, MD

    Janet L. Abrahm, MD

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    Institute Physician

    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


    Palliative Care (Adult)

    Office phone: 617-632-6464
    Fax: 617-632-6180
    Email: janet_abrahm@dfci.harvard.edu

    Preferred contact method: appointment phone

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    Research Department

    Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care


    Palliative medicine, Symptom management, End-of-life care

    Area of Research

    Pain and Palliative Care

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Shields-Warren 420
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. Abrahm received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco in 1973, completed internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and served as a chief resident at Moffitt Hospital (of UCSF). After completing a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, she joined the faculty in 1980 and worked there until December 2000. She joined DFCI in 2001 as director of the Pain and Palliative Care Program.


    Pain and Palliative Care

    I am a co-investigator on a project exploring the interface of palliative care and oncology. The investigation will study the impact of biweekly palliative care assessment on the quality of life, the completion of advance directives, and the referral to hospice of patients with mesothelioma. It is part of a larger study, led by Dr. Alice Kornblith, of the quality of life of cancer patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

    In addition, I am the codirector of our accredited fellowship in palliative care and the course director for "Practical Aspects of Palliative Care: Integrating Palliative Care into Clinical Practice," a Harvard continuing medical education course. I conduct inpatient palliative care teaching rounds, lectures, and seminars; serve on the Board of HealthCare Dimensions Hospice, and participate in faculty development courses in palliative care. I also helped develop and operationalize the Intensive Palliative Care Unit at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    Select Publications

    • Abrahm JL, Dias L, Fowler B. Pain management and antiemetic therapy in hematologic disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr, Shattil SJ, Furie B, Cohen HJ, Silberstein LE, McGlave P, editors. Hematology: basic principles and practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2005. p. 1623-37.
    • Abrahm JL. Caring for patients at the end of life. In: Abeloff MD, Armitage JO, Niederhuber JE, Kastan MB, McKenna WG, editors. Clinical oncology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2004. p. 847-59.
    • Abrahm JL. Symptom management. In: Furie B, Cassileth PA, Atkins MB, Mayer RJ, editors. Clinical hematology and oncology: presentation, diagnosis, and treatment. Philadelphia: Churchill-Livingstone 2003; p. 1240-60.
    • Ross EL, Abrahm J. Preparation of the patient for palliative procedures. Surg Clin North Am 2005;85:191-207.
    • Abrahm JL. Waiting for the platelet count to rise: negotiating care at the end of life. Cancer Invest 2003;21:772-81.
    • Abrahm JL. Assessment and treatment of patients with malignant spinal cord compression. J Support Oncol 2004;2:377-91.
    • Schuman ZD, Lynch M, Abrahm JL. Implementing institutional change: an institutional case study of palliative sedation. J Palliat Med 2005;8:666-75.
    • Abrahm JL. A physician's guide to pain and symptom management in cancer patients. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2005.
    • Abrahm JL. Specialized care of the terminally ill. In: DeVita VT, Hellman S, Rosenberg SA, editors. Cancer: principles and practice of oncology. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2005. p. 2702-18.
    • Abrahm JL, Sourkes B. Palliative care. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr, Shattil SJ, Furie B, Cohen HJ, Silberstein LE, McGlave P, editors. Hematology: basic principles and practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2005. p. 1639-45.


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