Cancer Care: What to Expect

Treatment, Cancer and You

Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care offers the highest level of clinical expertise combined with the utmost compassion and respect for the individual needs and privacy of patients and their families. 

We understand how important it is for people with cancer to have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic services as well as expert, experienced care at every stage of treatment. That’s why we provide a collaborative, personalized approach to care, close to home.

Our multidisciplinary approach means you will have a team of caregivers working together to tailor your cancer treatment in the most effective way possible.

Winchester Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care is located at 620 Washington Street in Winchester. The center’s main phone number is 781-756-5000.

Our Caregivers

The Center for Cancer Care offers patients some of the area’s leading board-certified medical and radiation oncologists, as well as highly skilled radiologists, surgeons, pathologists, nurses (most of whom are oncology-certified nurses), therapists, dietitians, social workers, pharmacists, technologists, support staff and other professionals dedicated to treating cancer patients.

In addition, our oncology nurse navigator guides patients, their families and caregivers from pre-diagnosis through all phases of the cancer experience. The nurse navigator helps guide patients through the maze of necessary appointments and important steps that come with a cancer diagnosis. The goal is to give patients the best guidance at a stressful and often confusing time in their lives.

Our nurse navigator:
  • Removes barriers to the highest quality cancer care
  • Ensures timely delivery of services
  • Communicates results to practices
  • Builds partnerships between the cancer center’s services, medical providers, and patients and families

Find a doctor who specializes in cancer care.

Comprehensive Medical Care

Cancer treatments and therapies available at Winchester Hospital include:
  • American College of Radiology-accredited radiation oncology therapies, providing prostate brachytherapy, teletherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy, respiratory gating, electronic brachytherapy for intracavitary accelerated partial breast irradiation and endometrial cancers 
  • Chemotherapy and medical oncology
  • Clinical trials, in partnership with Trial Check, an online cancer clinical trial service to match patients with trials near their homes
  • Biotherapy (targeted antibody and small-molecule therapy) 
  • Gynecologic oncology 
  • Hematology 
  • Home care
  • Infusion therapy 
  • Molecular-targeted cancer therapies 
  • Therapeutic phlebotomy 
  • Physical and rehabilitative therapies
  • Wound Healing Center
  • Comprehensive support services including support groups, social work, pastoral services, home care, hospice care, cancer rehabilitation and much more.

Cancer Clinical Trials

Winchester Hospital is committed to the highest quality of patient care. In order to provide state-of-the-art treatment, we have aligned ourselves with Trial Check to address clinical research opportunities in the community for our patients.

The Trial Check service is used by the American Cancer Society and WebMD, two well-known patient education and advocacy organizations.  It is an unbiased cancer clinical trial service, matching trials near patients’ homes.

This online system includes all federally registered and government and industry sponsored clinical trials currently enrolling patients. Trial Check maps relevant cancer trials to patients’ homes by filing information such as type of cancer, zip code, prior treatment history and other criteria.

Click here to visit Trial Check. If there is a trial you are interested in or if you have any questions, please speak with your health care provider. 

Cancer Registry

Over the years, there have been many advances at Winchester Hospital in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer that have resulted in greater survival and improvements in the quality of life of people living with cancer. 

These advances are based on research, which uses the data collected by cancer registrars as part of the hospital’s cancer program.  Cancer registrars collect detailed information on demographics, diagnosis, treatment and survival. 

The data collected by the cancer registrar ensures that all state and federal laws for reporting of cancer incidences are met, by submitting the data to the Massachusetts State Cancer Registry and from there to the Center for Disease Control.

This data is then used by these state and national organizations for prevention initiatives and by researchers working to further advance the treatment of cancer. 

Read more about our recent efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and cancer prevention in the community through smoking cessation programming, and oral, head and neck cancer screenings.

For Lung Cancer Patients

For patients diagnosed with lung cancer, Winchester Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program provides a personal approach to treatment. Thoracic surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, social workers, nursing staff and dietitians participate in patient-focused collaboration to determine the best approach to treatment. The patient’s primary care provider is also part of the decision-making team.

Studies have shown a dramatic decrease in lung cancer deaths among high-risk patients who were screened yearly with low-dose CT scans of the chest. The Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program is offering these screenings to assist high-risk patients. To learn more, please call 781-756-5058.

Imaging Services

Winchester Hospital offers a wide array of leading-edge diagnostic imaging services close to home, led by a team of highly skilled general and specialty radiologists, nurses, technologists and support staff.

Home Care Services

At every stage of life and for every medical need, Winchester Home Care can help, with home care services for people facing challenges of later life stages, with new babies, with disabilities, fighting illnesses, and more.

Rehabilitation Services

Winchester Hospital offers a variety of rehabilitation services – including cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation as well as physical, occupational and speech therapy – to help you get back to your normal routine.