March 4, 2011- At Hallmark Health System the patient always comes first. The local healthcare organization is continually looking for ways to improve patients’ experience and achieve excellence each and every day.

With that goal in mind, Hallmark Health System recently opened a lymphedema clinic at the Hallmark Health Cancer Center in Stoneham. The clinic will be staffed by a certified lymphedema specialist that will provide lymphedema treatment and physical therapy to patients that need it.

Lymphedema refers to the swelling of various body parts including the arms, legs and face. It is a common side effect among patients that have had their lymph nodes removed due to cancer.

Hallmark Health’s certified lymphedema specialist will work one-on-one with patients to treat their lymphedema through compression bandaging, manual lymphatic drainage and exercise. They will also address fatigue and other side effects that result from cancer treatment.

The new clinic will provide patients with yet another advanced level of service as well as make scheduling appointments easier and more convenient for patients. With all of their appointments under one roof patients can focus on what’s important, completing treatment and getting back on their feet.

The Hallmark Health Cancer Center has been honored by highly distinguished organizations such as the American College of Surgeons (ACOS), which recognized the Center for high quality programs. It received approval with commendations following a site visit where ACOS examined cancer registry data, attended a tumor board meeting, toured the Center and reviewed more than 50 patient records. The approval allows the Center to continue its designation as a “Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program.”

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Cancer Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice, Malden; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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