When: Monday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology, 40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry
How: Tours will be given and visitors will have the chance to meet the care team and learn about the full range of services that will be offered. Refreshments and a celebratory gift for attendees will be available.
LONDONDERRY — When patients visit the new Dana-Farber and New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology facility on Buttrick Road, they may feel comforted by their surroundings even as they embark on a very scary journey after a cancer diagnosis.
This is because every design aspect of the clinic has had patient input from three cancer survivors, including Donna Bramante InDelicato of Windham.
InDelicato has been a patient of the Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology collaborative since she faced a second battle with breast cancer in 2002.
"I asked my oncologist — Dr. (Frederick) Briccetti — how I could be involved in the new clinic," InDelicato said.
"He told me that the design team, Cube 3, was looking for patient input."
Bill Schaller, director of media relations at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, said that the hospital has a patient family advisory council and that the Boston clinic received patient input on design as well.
InDelicato and the two other patients have been meeting every two weeks since late spring to try out furniture, pick out colors and fabrics, and talk about space issues for chemotherapy treatments and other aspects of cancer care.
"Every decision was driven by patients' considerations," InDelicato said.
"The meetings were fun and a matter of pride knowing that the choices would affect cancer patients for a long time to come."
"We started with the layout and it was very patient-centered," InDelicato said. "There are certain things only a patient would know the need for."