Tufts Medical Center To Stop Treating Pediatric Cancer Patients In July

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Tufts Medical Center, Inc. President and CEO Michael Tarnoff wrote in an open letter on Friday that the closing of the hospital's in-patient service for children will also result in the stop of intensive treatment of child cancer patients July 1, as many patients need overnight stays that the hospital will no longer have.

In the letter addressed to Stephen Davis, the Director of the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification Department of Public Health, Tarnoff said that while TMC understands the concern and inconvenience created for some families, they do not believe there will be a "significant impact." Hospital officials said that comparable services can be found at other institutions like Boston Children's Hospital.

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TMC said that Boston Children's Hospital, located in the Longwood Medical Area, will be taking over care for child patients that will be impacted by the change.

According to TMC, the hospital sent multiple email notices on separate occasions to pediatric patients about the closure, to nearly 27,000 patient addresses.

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