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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells by directing a high-energy beam to the cancer site with minimal harm to healthy cells. One of the most common treatments for cancer, radiation therapy is targeted and minimally invasive compared to surgery or chemotherapy. Often, radiation treatment is given concurrently or in combination with other forms of cancer treatment to maximize positive results.

Radiation does not affect cancer cells right away—it takes days or weeks of treatment before cancer cells deteriorate. Radiation continues to affect cancer cells after treatments are complete, and are given daily Monday-Friday for a period of time prescribed by your radiation oncologist.

If you are scheduled to receive radiation treatment at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, please consider the following:

• Your visit may last from 1-3 hours
• If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call 413-582-2107 to reschedule
• You are encouraged to bring a family member or a friend with you to your appointment

Please bring to your appointment:

• A legible list of current medications and their doses
• A completed Patient Health Assessment form (enclosed in your information packet)
• All insurance cards (if your insurance requires a referral, please contact your PCP with this appointment information)
• Please check with your insurance company regarding any co-pays your visit will require

For written directions to the Radiation Oncology Department at Cooley Dickinson Hospital or for more information about our providers, parking, financial assistance and a list of frequently asked questions about the treatment, you can download a printable PDF here.

Wonderful People Doing Wonderful Work

In Feb. 2014, I was diagnosed with throat cancer. With that scary conclusion, the most important relationships of my life were formed and my connection with Cooley Dickinson began. The words “thank you” just don’t seem enough to express the gratitude I feel for everyone that helped me, and my wife, through my cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. These people are truly my angels. I want to let everyone know how precious these people are to me, my wife, and this community!”
– William (Bill) Hazlett, Gill, Mass.

Pictured with some members of his care team,  Bill Hazlet, center, with Dhara MacDermed, MD, radiation oncologist; Lynn Jarry, coordinator, Barrett Newsome, DO, medical oncologist; Michelle Rogaliski, RN; Stacey Madden, clinical dietitian; and Kate Fraser, RN.

Mass General Cancer Center at Cooley Dickinson Hospital

CONTACT Medical Oncology Department: 413-582-2900; Radiation Oncology Department: 413-582-2107

OFFICE HOURS Medical Oncology Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM; Radiation Oncology Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM

Location & Directions Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street
Northampton, MA 01061
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