The Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program

PACT Program

The Marjorie E. Korff PACT Program offers guidance to parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Cancer Center and are concerned about the impact their cancer diagnosis and treatment may have on their children.

To schedule an appointment, call our private voicemail line directly at 617-724-7272 and leave a message with your name, phone number, and good times to reach you. A PACT clinician will call you to arrange a time for a consultation. You may also ask your doctor, nurse, or social worker to request a consultation with PACT for you.


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. The clinicians provide individual consultations with parents (the parent with cancer and/or a healthy parent or partner) for one to several sessions, as needed.

What to expect from your first meeting
The initial meeting usually lasts about an hour. During this meeting, the PACT clinician will ask questions to learn about you, the other members of your family, your experience with cancer, and your specific concerns. The clinician will talk with you to learn about your child’s age, temperament, behavior, and any worries your child may have expressed.

At the end of the consultation, you will be better prepared to talk with your child, make plans to support your child’s coping, and to recognize signs that more help is needed. Parents determine the need for follow-up visits.

Resources for Parents
A Dozen Lessons Learned