Once only available in academic health centers, state-of-the-art cancer care is now available in your community at the Hallmark Health Cancer Center.
The Hallmark Health Cancer Center of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford is a comprehensive cancer program that provides a new level of care and resources to patients that rival those of many downtown medical centers, with great attention to personalize support, treatments and ease with which patients receive care. Hallmark Health 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 Hallmark Health Cancer Center offers a continuum of cancer care from prevention and early detection to diagnosis and treatment. Its multidisciplinary cancer care teams of primary care physicians, surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, hematologists, radiation oncologists, nurses, social workers and nutritionists work together to provide each patient with a focused and individualized care plan throughout all phases of diagnosis, support and treatment. Whether you have been newly diagnosed, are a new patient, or are currently receiving treatment, our breadth of patient care services focuses on treating the whole patient, not just the disease.
Stoneham, MA 02180
The Cancer 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.
48 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA 02180
The Center for Radiation Oncology was the first free-standing radiation oncology site in the state and is an integral part of the Hallmark Health Cancer 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.
Our hematologists are specialists who are dedicated to the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of blood diseases and disorders. There are many types of blood disorders including bleeding disorders, platelet disorders, bone marrow disorders, hemophilia and anemia. There are also several cancers of the blood including Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma.
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.
Our outpatient infusion center provides chemotherapy, blood transfusions, intravenous fluid and drug therapies, and therapeutic phlebotomies.
The infusion center is located on the third floor of our Cancer Center. It is staffed by nurses with specialized oncology and infusion therapy experience. They are able to provide needed infusion treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis and other genetic disorders, and work closely with your physician.
The infusion center is open Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Please call our Cancer Center at 781-224-5810 for more information.
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 centerpiece of this technology is the Center's Elekta Infinity™ linear accelerator. This advanced and highly sophisticated radiation treatment system has the ability to substantially reduce the time required for radiotherapy patients while giving our clinicians the ability to treat cancer target areas more precisely and aggresively than ever before. The Center is one of the few cancer facilities in the region that has this technology.
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 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, administering 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 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
Lymphedema is a chronic, abnormal accumulation of fluid in the arm, leg, breast, head or neck often related to cancer. Our physical therapists are highly trained, licensed and certified in lymphedema care with extensive experience working with oncology patients, cancer related fatigue and scar tissue adhesions.
To book an appointment, please call 781-224-5895.
Genetic Counseling and Testing
Medical Oncologists and staff from our Social Work Department perform genetic counseling and testing for breast and colon cancer.
Nutrition Counseling from a Registered Dietitian
Your team will include a nutritional counselor. The counselor is 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 Breast Health Center
The Breast Health Center at Hallmark Health offers patients access to the latest technological advances in prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease in a comforting and caring environment.
The Cancer 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 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 offices for physicians and support staff.
A highly accurate, rapid diagnosis is the critical first step in healing. For that reason, Hallmark Health 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 Center. Our address is: Montvale PET/CT, 41 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180. Appointments are available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 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.
Keeping Pace with the Latest Advances in Care
Hallmark Health 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'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 Cancer 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.
Call us at 781-224-5810 with your questions and concerns about our facilities, our philosophy, and our credentials.
The Cancer 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 reach a Social Services counselor, please call 781-224-5810.
Cancer Support Groups and Programs
The Cancer Center offers support groups and educational programs to help patients and their families cope with their cancer treatment and their side effects, and provide 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.
A general cancer support group meets at the Cancer Center. This group is open to men and women from the community. You do not have to be under treatment at our Center. This program is open to everyone. Registration is required.
Please call 781-224-5872 to register for a support group or for more information about a program or support group. You can also visit our 'Events Calendar'.
Meet Our Team
|Joseph Pennacchio, MD|
|Sudha Bolla, MD|
Carolyn Fallica, APRN OCN
Meghan Jewett, AGPCNP-BC
Krista Radford, FNP-BC