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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.
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Monday, September 22 2014 19:04