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Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Phone: (617) 632-3591
Fax: (617) 632-4247


tbalboni@lroc.harvard.edu

Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Physician, Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Research Abstract

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.

Publications

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  • Epstein-Peterson ZD, Sullivan A, Krishnan M, Chen JT, Ferrone M, Ready J, Baldini EH, Balboni T. Postoperative radiation therapy for osseous metastasis: Outcomes and predictors of local failure. 2015. PubMed
  • Rodin D, Balboni M, Mitchell C, Smith PT, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. Whose role? Oncology practitioners' perceptions of their role in providing spiritual care to advanced cancer patients. Support Care Cancer 2015. PubMed
  • Powell RA, Emanuel L, Handzo G, Lantos J, Dunn LB, Idler EL, Wilkie DJ, Massey K, Summerfelt WT, Barnes MJ, Quest TE, Kestenbaum A, Steinhauser K, Fitchett G, Zollfrank A, Olsen AK, Balboni TA, Sommer D. Transcending differences to study the transcendent: an exploratory study of researchers' and chaplains' reflections on interdisciplinary spiritual care research collaboration. BMC Palliat Care 2015; 14:12. PubMed
  • Garrido MM, Balboni TA, Maciejewski PK, Bao Y, Prigerson HG. Quality of Life and Cost of Care at the End of Life: The Role of Advance Directives. J Pain Symptom Manage 2015. PubMed
  • Epstein-Peterson ZD, Sullivan AJ, Enzinger AC, Trevino KM, Zollfrank AA, Balboni MJ, VanderWeele TJ, Balboni TA. Examining Forms of Spiritual Care Provided in the Advanced Cancer Setting. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2014. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Enzinger AC, Epstein-Peterson ZD, Tseng YD, Mitchell C, Niska J, Zollfrank A, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Nurse and Physician Barriers to Spiritual Care Provision at the End of Life. J Pain Symptom Manage 2014. PubMed
  • Tseng YD, Krishnan MS, Sullivan AJ, Jones JA, Chow E, Balboni TA. How radiation oncologists evaluate and incorporate life expectancy estimates into the treatment of palliative cancer patients: a survey-based study. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2013; 87:471-8. PubMed
  • Krishnan MS, Epstein-Peterson Z, Chen YH, Tseng YD, Wright AA, Temel JS, Catalano P, Balboni TA. Predicting life expectancy in patients with metastatic cancer receiving palliative radiotherapy: The TEACHH model. Cancer 2013. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Balboni M, Enzinger AC, Gallivan K, Paulk ME, Wright A, Steinhauser K, VanderWeele TJ, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual support to patients with advanced cancer by religious communities and associations with medical care at the end of life. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173:1109-17. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Sullivan A, Amobi A, Phelps AC, Gorman DP, 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. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:461-7. PubMed
  • Phelps AC, Lauderdale KE, Alcorn S, Dillinger J, Balboni MT, Van Wert M, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. Addressing spirituality within the care of patients at the end of life: perspectives of patients with advanced cancer, oncologists, and oncology nurses. J Clin Oncol 2012; 30:2538-44. PubMed
  • Maciejewski PK, Phelps AC, Kacel EL, Balboni TA, Balboni M, Wright AA, Pirl W, Prigerson HG. Religious coping and behavioral disengagement: opposing influences on advance care planning and receipt of intensive care near death. 2011. PubMed
  • Balboni MJ, Babar A, Dillinger J, Phelps AC, George E, Block SD, Kachnic L, Hunt J, Peteet J, Prigerson HG, Vanderweele TJ, Balboni TA. "It Depends": Viewpoints of Patients, Physicians, and Nurses on Patient-Practitioner Prayer in the Setting of Advanced Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage 2011. PubMed
  • Sher DJ, Balboni TA, Haddad RI, Norris CM, Posner MR, Wirth LJ, Goguen LA, Annino D, Tishler RB. Efficacy and Toxicity of Chemoradiotherapy Using Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy for Unknown Primary of Head and Neck. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010. PubMed
  • Schoenfeld JD, Sher DJ, Norris CM, Haddad RI, Posner MR, Balboni TA, Tishler RB. Salivary Gland Tumors Treated With Adjuvant Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy With or Without Concurrent Chemotherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010. PubMed
  • Sher DJ, Haddad RI, Norris CM, Posner MR, Wirth LJ, Goguen LA, Annino D, Balboni T, Allen A, Tishler RB. Efficacy and toxicity of reirradiation using intensity-modulated radiotherapy for recurrent or second primary head and neck cancer. Cancer 2010; 116:4761-8. PubMed
  • Wright AA, Keating NL, Balboni TA, Matulonis UA, Block SD, Prigerson HG. Place of death: correlations with quality of life of patients with cancer and predictors of bereaved caregivers' mental health. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:4457-64. PubMed
  • Wright AA, Mack JW, Kritek PA, Balboni TA, Massaro AF, Matulonis UA, Block SD, Prigerson HG. Influence of patients' preferences and treatment site on cancer patients' end-of-life care. Cancer 2010; 116:4656-63. PubMed
  • Mak KS, Lee LK, Mak RH, Wang S, Pile-Spellman J, Abrahm JL, Prigerson HG, Balboni TA. Incidence and Treatment Patterns in Hospitalizations for Malignant Spinal Cord Compression in the United States, 1998-2006. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2010. PubMed
  • Parr JD, Zhang B, Nilsson ME, Wright A, Balboni T, Duthie E, Paulk E, Prigerson HG. The influence of age on the likelihood of receiving end-of-life care consistent with patient treatment preferences. J Palliat Med 2010; 13:719-26. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Balboni MJ, Prigerson HG. Reply to H.W.M. van Laarhoven et al. J Clin Oncol 2010. PubMed
  • Alcorn SR, Balboni MJ, Prigerson HG, Reynolds A, Phelps AC, Wright AA, Block SD, Peteet JR, Kachnic LA, Balboni TA. "If God wanted me yesterday, I wouldn't be here today": religious and spiritual themes in patients' experiences of advanced cancer. J Palliat Med 2010; 13:581-8. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Paulk ME, Balboni MJ, Phelps AC, Loggers ET, Wright AA, Block SD, Lewis EF, Peteet JR, Prigerson HG. Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:445-52. PubMed
  • Loggers ET, Maciejewski PK, Paulk E, Desanto-Madeya S, Nilsson M, Viswanath K, Wright AA, Balboni TA, Temel J, Stieglitz H, Block S, Prigerson HG. Racial Differences in Predictors of Intensive End-of-Life Care in Advanced Cancer Patients. J Clin Oncol 2009; 27:5559-64. PubMed
  • Haddad RI, Tishler RB, Norris C, Goguen L, Balboni TA, Costello R, Wirth L, Lorch J, Andreozzi B, Annino D, Posner MR. Phase I study of C-TPF in patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. J Clin Oncol 2009; 27:4448-53. PubMed
  • Phelps AC,Maciejewski PK,Nilsson M,Balboni TA,Wright AA,Paulk ME,Trice E,Schrag D,Peteet JR,Block SD,Prigerson HG. Religious coping and use of intensive life-prolonging care near death in patients with advanced cancer. JAMA 2009; 301:1140-7. PubMed
  • Wright AA,Zhang B,Ray A,Mack JW,Trice E,Balboni T,Mitchell SL,Jackson VA,Block SD,Maciejewski PK,Prigerson HG. Associations between end-of-life discussions, patient mental health, medical care near death, and caregiver bereavement adjustment. JAMA 2008; 300:1665-73. PubMed
  • Smith AK,McCarthy EP,Paulk E,Balboni TA,Maciejewski PK,Block SD,Prigerson HG. Racial and ethnic differences in advance care planning among patients with cancer: impact of terminal illness acknowledgment, religiousness, and treatment preferences. J Clin Oncol 2008; 26:4131-7. PubMed
  • Mack JW, Nilsson M, Balboni T, Friedlander RJ, Block SD, Trice E, Prigerson HG. Peace, Equanimity, and Acceptance in the cancer experience (PEACE): validation of a scale to assess acceptance and struggle with terminal illness. Cancer 2008; 112:2509-17. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Chen MH, Harris JR, Recht A, Stevenson MA, D'Amico AV. Academic career selection and retention in radiation oncology: the joint center for radiation therapy experience. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2007; 68:183-6. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Gaccione P, Gobezie R, Mamon HJ. Shielding of the hip prosthesis during radiation therapy for heterotopic ossification is associated with increased failure of prophylaxis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2007; 67:1499-505. PubMed
  • 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. J Clin Oncol 2007; 25:555-60. PubMed
  • Balboni TA, Gobezie R, Mamon HJ. Heterotopic ossification: Pathophysiology, clinical features, and the role of radiotherapy for prophylaxis. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2006; 65:1289-99. PubMed
  • Tseng YD, Krishnan MS, Jones JA, Sullivan AJ, Gorman D, Taylor A, Pacold M, Kalinowski B, Mamon HJ, Abrahm J, Balboni TA. Supportive and palliative radiation oncology service: impact of a dedicated service on palliative cancer care. 2014; 4:247-53. PubMed
  • Balboni T. Resident resource corner. It was Sunday. 2005; 59:84-5. PubMed
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