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Multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists and pharmacists
It started with a sore throat that would not go away. When the pain persisted, Darren Danico, of Malden, a healthy man in his early 40’s visited a medical center in Boston and learned the severe discomfort was caused by B cell lymphoma, a cancerous mass growing in his neck. Darren wanted a second opinion so he travelled across town to Dana Farber Cancer Institute who confirmed the diagnosis.
“I was shocked. I’ve always been a fighter and my first thought was I will beat this,” Danico firmly recalls. “I was all set to go into Boston to start my treatments when I saw an ad for Hallmark Health System’s Hematology and Oncology Center that was just up the road. I thought if I liked it, it would save me a lot of time and frustration commuting into Boston. I met with Rebecca Eisenberg, MD who confirmed the diagnosis and I felt a strong rapport with her. She listened and answered all of my questions. From the moment I entered that Center I had a strong feeling that this was the place where I would get better.”
Hallmark Health System’s Hematology and Oncology Center offers comprehensive diagnostic treatment and support programs for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. The modern Center houses a dedicated team of highly-qualified, board-certified oncologists and hematologists who use the latest and most advanced cancer treatments available. They follow a unified approach to cancer care where teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists and medical technologists work together to guide each patient through the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These teams are unsurpassed in their depth of experience and their level of compassionate care.
“I admit the treatment was rough and I’m a pretty tough guy. If I flinched they would stop. All of the nurses and staff are very welcoming and attentive to the patient. One of the oncology nurses, Darlene Hancock, RN, even called me on a Sunday to see how I was doing when I was going through a particularly rough time,” Danico said.
Thanks to the advanced care he received, Danico beat the cancer and it is in remission. He has started a new career in the insurance industry, lost some weight and has a new attitude toward life that puts a premium on family, friends and pursuing a satisfying career. His wife, Susan, senses his new spirit. “I am so grateful to Hallmark Health System and Dr. Eisenberg for the great care they gave my husband. They saved his life.”
Once only available in academic health centers, state-of-the-art cancer care is now available in your community at the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center. The Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center is a comprehensive cancer program providing patients with a range of state-of-the-art services delivered with compassionate care. The Hematology and Oncology Center is comprised of the CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology and the Hematology Oncology Center. Hallmark Health System is proud to provide patients local access to renowned oncologists and the latest cancer treatment and support options.
Cancer is a complex disease that brings extraordinary challenges to patients and their families. New diagnostic techniques discover cancers earlier for a better chance of cure, and treatments are now more effective than ever.
The mission of the HHS Hematology and Oncology Center is to provide state-of-the-art comprehensive and compassionate care to all of our patients in a community setting. We strive to meet the physical and emotional needs of our patients and their families.
Stoneham, MA 02180
The Hematology and Oncology Center offers comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support programs for individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.
Our dedicated team is built around highly-qualified, board-certified oncologists and hematologists. We have a unified approach to cancer care, with teams of doctors, as well as nurse practitioners, social workers, pharmacists and medical technologists who work together to guide each patient through diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These teams have a depth and breadth of experience that is unsurpassed.
While some cancer patients receive several types of treatments including radiation therapy, chemotherapy, biotherapy and/or surgery, no two patients are alike. That is why our Center takes the team approach to create a customized, individual care plan for each patient. Our medical oncologists work closely with surgeons, primary care physicians and radiation oncologists to make sure that each patient receives the best care possible. We take particular pride in the compassion and dedication of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff.
CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology
48 Montvale Ave.
Stoneham, MA 02180
The CHEM Center was the first free-standing radiation oncology site in the state and is an integral part of the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center. About 50 percent of all cancer patients receive radiation therapy to treat their disease.
The radiation oncology team is led by board-certified radiation oncologists who are nationally recognized in their field. These physicians are assisted by a team of professionals including physicists, nurses and therapists who will work closely with all your physicians to assure that you receive the best treatment possible.
We offer a full range of the most up to date diagnostic studies and therapeutic treatments available today.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs or chemicals to treat an illness or disease. Many drugs are used to treat cancer, and not all cancers are treated with the same drugs or in the same way. Research has helped determine the most effective drugs for different kinds of cancers. You may receive one drug or a combination of drugs.
Chemotherapy treatments are administered either as an inpatient or an outpatient. Patients receiving chemotherapy meet with an oncology nurse who discusses the process of treatment and what might be expected. Our specially trained oncology nurses administer chemotherapy and collaborate with your physician and pharmacy to minimize and control side effects of the treatment.
Radiation Oncology is the use of high energy x-rays to treat disease, primarily cancer, either by destroying cancer cells or by making them unable to grow and divide.
In external beam radiation therapy, a machine called a linear accelerator is used to produce a beam of x-rays that is precisely directed to the tumor or the part of the body being treated. The CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology has two linear accelerators.
Our Center offers the latest in state-of-the-art conformal radiation oncology techniques, including Intensity Modulate Radiation Therapy (IMRT), an advanced computer controlled method of treating certain tumors with millimeter precision. The CHEM Center also utilizes the latest in treatment guidance, called Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). IGRT allows the precise targeting of the treatment beam on a daily basis for structures like the prostate. The use of IGRT in combination with IMRT for treatment of the prostate permits the Radiation Oncologist to significantly reduce the risk of complications while maintaining confidence in the therapeutically effective dose delivery.
In addition to serving as an important role in diagnosing cancer, in many cases, surgery is also a highly effective treatment. Hallmark Health surgeons combine years of experience with the latest advances in surgical techniques to aggressively and successfully treat many cancer types. Our surgeons collaborate with a multidisciplinary oncology team comprised of veteran pathologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists to plan the least invasive surgery required to address the cancer while preserving as much normal function as possible
Our oncology nurses are specially trained to care for cancer patients and their families. They work with your doctor to manage your care by monitoring your physical and emotional health, giving your treatment, teaching you and your family how to prevent complications, decrease side effects, providing emotional support and comfort. Each patient's customized treatment plan is coordinated by an experienced oncology nurse to ensure that the patient is always aware of and involved in the treatment choices, process and progress.
Biotherapy is a type of treatment that works with your immune system. It can help fight cancer or help control side effects from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
Biotherapy and chemotherapy are both treatments that fight cancer. Biotherapy helps your immune system fight cancer. Chemotherapy attacks the cancer cells directly. Researchers are not sure how biotherapy helps your immune system fight cancer. But they feel that it may stop or slow the growth of cancer cells; make it easier for your immune system to destroy, or get rid of cancer cells; and keep cancer from spreading to other parts of your body.
The team understands the many aspects of illness as it enters its more serious stages. This includes physical, psychosocial, spiritual and emotional care and support for patients and their families. The goal is to provide the best possible quality of life and comfort with everyday activities.
Physical Therapy and Lymphedema Services
Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center
41 Montvale Avenue Stoneham
To book an appointment, please call 781-224-5895.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
The Social Work staff along with our medical oncologists at the Hematology and Oncology Center provide genetic counseling and testing for breast and colon cancer.
Nutrition Counseling from a Registered Dietitian
Your team will also include nutritional counseling. They are there to help each patient achieve and maintain desirable body weight as well as to prevent nutritional imbalances and deficiencies in diet. Special considerations are given to patient and family education.
The Hematology and Oncology Center is devoted exclusively to the treatment and care of patients and encourages participation of the patient's support system. Decorated to create a warm and comforting atmosphere for patients and families, the Hematology and Oncology Center provides patients a place to feel comfortable and enjoy the friendship and encouragement of other patients. The area includes examination rooms; family conference room; private chemotherapy treatment bays and rooms; a patient and community resource room; and offices for physicians and support staff.
A highly accurate, rapid diagnosis is the critical first step in healing. For that reason, Hallmark Health System offers a full range of diagnostic imaging.
Diagnostic capabilities include PET/CT scanning, MRI, ultrasound, digital mammography, nuclear medicine (including sentinel node procedures) and gastrointestinal procedures to detect cancer or precancerous conditions, tumors, or to assess the spread of the disease.
PET/CT is conveniently located in the same building as the Hematology/Oncology Center. Our address is: Montvale PET/CT, Stoneham Outpatient Campus, 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham, MA, 02180. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call (866) 245-5995 to schedule an appointment. The combination of PET/CT scans in one image gives doctors the ability to precisely pinpoint where and how active a tumor might be. PET/CT enhances your physician's ability to develop a treatment plan that fits both the cancer and the patient.
If something abnormal is found on the mammogram, a biopsy may be required. A biopsy is the only way to know if cancer is present. The hospitals at Hallmark Health System perform several types of biopsies depending on the position and size of a suspicious lump: stereotactic biopsy; surgical biopsy; core needle biopsy; fine needle aspirations; as well as sentinel-node biopsies.
Keeping Pace with the Latest Advances in Care
Hallmark Health System offers the most up-to-date cancer care through its affiliations and close work with the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American College of Surgeons (ACOS), and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). These cooperative relationships provide ongoing education programs, and access to research protocols so we can continue to deliver the most up-to-date treatments and support for our patients.
Additionally, Hallmark Health System's Cancer Care Program has received a three-year approval with commendation from the Commission on Cancer (COC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACOS). The program received this honor following an on-site evaluation that resulted in a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program. The criteria fulfilled by the Cancer Care Program includes:
- The program's ability to treat a minimum of 650 new patients per year
- Being able to offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment services on site or by referral
- The ability to participate in clinical research
- Having a number of board-certified medical professionals on staff
The Privilege of Caring
With its many services, and its dedicated physicians, nurses and support staff, the Hallmark Health System Hematology and Oncology Center stands for personalized, comprehensive, high quality medical care.
We strive to provide specialized care in a convenient community setting, and we deliver that care in a warm, compassionate way - both for patients and their families.
We consider it a privilege to care, to help and to heal.
We invite you to learn more about the Hallmark System Health Hematology and Oncology Center.
Call us with your questions and concerns - about our facilities, our philosophy, and our credentials. Please call us at 781-224-5810.
Social Services-Cancer Support Groups
The Hematology and Oncology Center has on staff social workers (MS/LICSW) who provide psychosocial assessment and clinical intervention to patients and their families regarding their cancer diagnosis. Our on site social workers are available for individual counseling.
Available at the request of the patient, family or healthcare staff, social work clinicians' work closely with physicians to develop a plan that would benefit the needs of the individual. Through support and knowledge we hope to give our patients greater confidence for living fuller lives. The social work staff also provides genetic counseling and testing for breast and colon cancers.
To view upcoming support groups please visit our 'Event Calendar'.
Cancer Support and Education
The Hematology and Oncology Center offers support groups and educational programs to help patients and their families cope with their cancer treatment and their side effects. The Hematology and Oncology Center provides periodic programs sponsored by the American Cancer Society including:
Look Good…Feel Better - this free non-medical, national public service program helps women in various stages of treatment offset appearance-related changes and side effects.
I Can Cope - is an educational program for people facing cancer - either personally, or as a friend or family caregiver. I Can Cope offers reliable information, peer support, and practical coping skills patients can use immediately.
Please call (781) 224-5810 for more information about counseling or meeting times/locations for our support groups.
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Eileen Terzioglu, NP,
Sandra Kelly, NP
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