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    Tracy Anne Balboni, MD, MPH

     
    Tracy Anne Balboni, MD, MPH
     
    Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

    Center/Program

    Radiation Oncology

    Office phone: 617-525-6687
    Fax: 617-394-2668
    Email: tbalboni@lroc.harvard.edu

    Preferred contact method: appointment phone

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    Research Departments

    Radiation Oncology

    Medical Oncology/Population Sciences

    Interests

    Spirituality and Medicine, Spine Oncology, Palliative Medicine

    Area of Research

    Spirituality and Medicine, Spine Oncology, and Palliative Medicine


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Dana Building 1101
    Boston, MA 02215

    Other Practice Locations


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Dana Building L2
    Boston, MA 02215

    Research

    Spirituality and Medicine, Spine Oncology, and Palliative Medicine

    My primary research interests are in palliative care, including the psychosocial aspects of advanced cancer and radiotherapy for palliation. Within the psychosocial aspects of advanced cancer, I have a particular focus on the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of cancer. This includes the impact of religion/spirituality on coping and end-of-life medical care and the impact of spiritual care in the medical setting on patient end-of-life outcomes. My research also includes improving radiotherapy for palliation, such as studying applications of new radiotherapy technologies to palliation, and involvement in clinical research in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Head and Neck Oncology Research Group.

    Select Publications

    • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A, Phelps AC, Gorman D, Zollfrank A, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA.  Why is Spiritual Care Infrequent at the End of Life?  Spiritual Care Perceptions among Patients, Nurses and Physicians and the Role of Training.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2013; Vol. 31(4): 461-467.  PMID: 23248245
    • Balboni TA, Balboni MJ, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright AA, Steinhauser K, VanderWeele TJ, Prigerson HG.  Provision of spiritual support to advanced cancer patients by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life.  JAMA Internal Medicine; 2013; Vol. 173(12): 1109-1117.  PMID: 23649656
    • Phelps AC, Lauderdale KE, Alcorn S, Dillinger J, Balboni MJ, Van Wert M, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA.  Addressing Spirituality within the Care of Patients at the End of Life: Perspectives of Advanced Cancer Patients, Oncologists, and Oncology Nurses.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2012; Vol. 30(20): 2538-2544. PMID: 22614979
    • Balboni TA, Paulk ME, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Loggers ET, Lewis EF, Block SD, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG.  Provision of Spiritual Care to Advanced Cancer Patients:  Associations with Medical Care and Quality of Life Near Death.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2010; Vol. 28 (3): 445-452.  PMID: 20008625, PMCID: PMC2815706
    • Balboni TA, Vanderwerker LC, Block SD, Paulk ME, Lathan CS, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG.  Religiousness and spiritual support among advanced cancer patients and associations with end-of-life treatment preferences and quality of life.  Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2007; Vol. 25(5): 555-560. [published with editorial]  PMID: 17290065, PMCID: PMC2515558
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