Important Visitor and Access Changes at the Cancer Center

South Shore Health today announced important changes to the visitor policy and entrance procedures at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital.

Effective Monday, March 23:

  • Visitors are not allowed to accompany adult patients, with very limited exceptions.
  • All people entering the Cancer Center will be screened for symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, sore throat, body aches, or rash.
  • Patients who have symptoms of a cold of flu should call their provider before arrival.


Our goal is to ensure that patients who are in treatment are able to keep their scheduled appointments if it's safe to do so. We have no plans to postpone appointments for patients who are actively being treated for cancer or related conditions.

We know that loved ones are a vital part of the healing process, and encourage you to use your smartphone to stay in touch with your loved ones during your visit whenever possible.

Changes to how you access the Cancer Center

In order to provide a higher level of screening for patients, we are implementing a one-door public entrance.

Upon arrival, please proceed to the first-floor entrance of the Cancer Center, where you will receive a screening for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness. The second-floor entrance will be restricted to Cancer Center care providers and employees.

These changes were made in collaboration with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.