The Hallmark Health System CHEM Center for Radiation Oncology recently began treating patients with its new Elekta Infinity™, a highly sophisticated radiation treatment system for cancer that substantially reduces the time required for radiotherapy, while giving clinicians the ability to treat targets more aggressively than ever before.

Elekta Infinity incorporates Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), an innovative way to deliver radiation treatments that is a significant improvement over conventional approaches. With this technology, the target area is continuously irradiated while the source of the beam rotates around the patient. To minimize unnecessary exposure to radiation, Elekta Infinity also incorporates ultra-low dose capabilities through active leakage reduction to ensure minimal dose to critical structures and incorporates real-time assurance that the intended dose is delivered as precisely as planned.

The Center was recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer. A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

At the Center, conveniently located on Montvale Avenue in Stoneham, patients are offered the perfect blend of clinical expertise coupled with compassionate, personalized care to help them beat cancer and return to healthy living. The Center has been caring for area patients for more than 20 years and was the first freestanding radiation oncology site in Massachusetts. The Center’s multi-disciplinary team is made up of physicists, nurses, dosimetrists and radiation therapists and is led by Medical Director Paul McKeough, MD, who is a board-certified in radiation oncology and a fellow of the American College of Radiology. The Center uses the most up-to-date equipment and techniques available in radiation oncology, which even rivals what is offered at some of the teaching hospitals in Boston.

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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 Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; 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 and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

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