Medical science has made such great strides in recent years in the early detection, isolation and treatment of various cancers that most can now be treated with significant effectiveness, and some are curable. Yet despite these advances, few if any disease diagnoses can have more of a paralyzing effect on a person and his or her family.
At Lawrence General Hospital, from the moment a malignancy is identified, the battle lines are drawn. In the minds of the medical team, all subsequent activity comes down to a single question:
What can we do to return this person to a state of good health?
Approved as a Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the Cancer Program at Lawrence General Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of cancer care through a disciplined, dedicated, totality of care approach. Participating in the program are skilled teams of cancer nurses, therapists, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, lab technicians and physicians, including oncologists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, ear nose and throat specialists and others, drawing on such advanced treatment modalities as chemotherapy, chemoembolization, interventional radiology and radio frequency embolization. Physicians from Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care physician practices provide medical oncology and hematology care at Lawrence General.
The Lawrence General approach to cancer care is four-phased – prevention, screening and diagnosing, treatment (or staging) and management.
Prevention seeks to sensitize people to those things that can increase their likelihood of developing the disease like smoking and obesity.
Screening and diagnosing emphasizes such techniques as colonoscopy, mammograms (the Mammography Program at Lawrence General is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health), PSAs, biopsies, blood studies, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) and genetic testing for patients with a significant personal or family history with certain kinds of cancers like colorectal, uterine, breast, ovary and Lynch Syndrome.
Treatment may include chemotherapy or other forms of system therapy like monoclonal antibodies and biphosphonates and infusions administered in an outpatient setting. Lawrence General also involves those patients who qualify in a clinical research trials program for the most common solid tumors and hematological (blood) malignancies – a capability that is very unusual for a community hospital.
Management is that stage of cancer care that includes the patient in the process. The registered dietician will, for example, review the importance of maintaining a balanced diet that's rich in protein, whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and essential fatty acids and recommends appropriate liquid supplements and multivitamins as part of a comprehensive diet plan.
For more information, contact Thora Healy, Cancer Registry Coordinator,
at 978-683-4000, Ext. 8114 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.