Screening Guidelines for Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men.  While the disease is prevalent across the country, the screening guidelines are not.  Prostate cancer screenings have always been somewhat controversial because the tests often alert physicians to the presence of cancer, but there is no precise way to determine, definitively, whether the cancer

Breast Cancer Patient Testimonial: Mary Beth’s Story

Many cancer screenings, like mammograms and colonoscopies, stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic, but cancer did not. Several studies on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer care in the United States found decreases in cancer screenings, resulting in some early cancers going undetected. Thankfully, Mary Beth Grassi kept her routine mammogram screening and now

UV Safety Month

July is National Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The purpose of the month is to raise awareness of the dangers of UV radiation and spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation that comes from the sun

National Brain Tumor Awareness Month

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  Driven by advancement in research, surgical techniques, genetic discoveries, and much more, it has never been a better time to take action on brain tumors. The National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), an organization whose mission is to unrelentingly invest in, mobilize, and unite our community to discover a

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Care

March is National Nutrition Month.  A nutrition education and information campaign, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, that focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We all know that good nutrition is important for good health.  This statement is even truer for cancer

Cancer Screen Week 2020

 Cancer Screen WeekRegular screening can help find certain cancers early when they are most likely to be treated successfully. This Cancer Screen Week (Dec 7-11), help us raise awareness and learn more of the potentially lifesaving benefits of cancer screening. For more information visit CancerScreenWeek.org.

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September in the United States by health experts and advocates, and individuals concerned with men’s prostate health.  Designating a month for the disease serves the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of prostate health and screenings, educating about risk factors and symptoms, and advocating for

Seacoast Cancer Groups Join Forces to Reach Cancer Patients During COVID-19

On Belay, My Breast Cancer Support, Yoga in Action, Betty J Borry Breast Cancer Retreats, and the North of Boston Cancer Resource are joining to stay connected with local cancer patients during these difficult times. Cancer patients and survivors have compromised immune systems, putting them at high risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing what important

Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Cancer Center Commemorates a Decade of Care Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, announced that one of their cancer care centers, Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital, recently celebrated ten years of treating cancer patients in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and the surrounding communities. Located on

Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital Reaccredited by the American College of Radiology

Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital recently completed and passed their reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the

Coping with Cancer during the Holidays

As the classic holiday song goes, it is the most wonderful time of the year. But do you know what else the happiest season of all brings? Stress. This year is no exception, especially with the added threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is no secret that across the country, more people than ever are struggling

Cancer Care is a Team Effort

When it comes to fighting cancer, it takes a team of people.  Treatment at our center means that you are not alone in the fight. Cancer treatments are rapidly advancing and having a research focused team of radiation oncologists enables us to bring you the most up-to-date approaches to fighting your specific cancer. In cancer

UV Rays and Skin Cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month.  The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Radiation is the emission of energy from any source, and there are many types of radiation. 

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

Head and neck cancer is a term used to describe a number of different cancerous tumors that develop in or around the throat, larynx, nose, sinuses, and mouth.  These cancers typically begin in the squamous cells that line the moist surfaces inside the mouth, nose, and throat.According to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA),

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is officially designated as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  It is a month where colorectal cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates throughout the country join together to spread colon cancer awareness by wearing blue, holding fundraising and education events, talking to friends and family about screenings, and much more. Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer

Preventing Cancer

February is National Cancer Prevention Month.  If your New Year’s resolution to get healthy is already losing steam, now is a perfect time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk. Research has shown that more than half

National Radon Action Month

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year.  In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools, and other buildings for radon.Radon is an invisible, odorless, tasteless radioactive

Happy Holidays from Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital!

Happy holidays from the staff at Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital.  We wish you and your family a very joyous holiday season and a healthy and happy 2018! Photo caption: Back Row:  Ana (RTT), Catie (Dosimetrist), Senita (RTT), Natalie (RN), Lynn (RTT) Front Row:  Kara (RTT), Kayla (RN), Claire (M.D.), Tammy (Site Administrator),

Alliance Radiation Oncology At Anna Jaques Hospital Approved To Participate In The Veterans Choice Program

Alliance Oncology, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, a leading national provider of outsourced healthcare services, announced today that one of their joint-ventured radiation therapy centers, Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital, has been approved to participate in the VA Choice Program, which offers U.S. military veterans access to evidence-based cancer treatment options outside

Treating Pancreatic Cancer with Radiation Therapy

November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month and according to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN), pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and is the only one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers with a five-year relative survival rate in the single digits, at just six percent. 

Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June is National Cancer Survivor Month, a time to celebrate and recognize cancer survivors, inspire those recently diagnosed, and, most importantly, to celebrate life. During the month, cancer survivors and supporters in communities around the world unite to celebrate life and raise awareness of the challenges faced by cancer survivors. It is a time for

Claire Y. Fung, M.D. Receives Top Doctor Honor

Dr. Claire Y. Fung, Radiation Oncologist at Alliance Radiation Oncology at Anna Jaques Hospital, was recently named a 2017 Top Doctor by Northshore magazine, the premier upscale lifestyle publication for the North Shore of Massachusetts.  The annual list of top doctors was announced in the March issue of the publication. The list of the best

Head & Neck Cancer Screenings

Head and neck cancer screenings, hosted by Colden & Seymour Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy, will be held the first week of April on the dates below: April 3 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – 62 Brown Street, Suite 301, Haverhill April 4 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – One Wallace Bashaw Jr.

Compliance with Radiation Schedules Improves Survival in Head and Neck Cancer

A study, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, reports that patients with head and neck cancer who comply with their scheduled radiation treatments have significantly improved outcomes compared to those who miss two or more of their appointments within the prescribed time period.  Radiation therapy is often an integral component of

Early Diagnosis: These Five Cancer Screenings Are Recommended

One of the ways you can reduce your risk for cancer is by getting screening tests that can help find cancer at an early stage, before symptoms appear. When abnormal tissue or cancer is found early, it may be easier to treat or cure.  By the time symptoms appear, the cancer may have grown and

Treating the World’s Most Common Cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the only international organization devoted solely to education, prevention, early detection, and prompt treatment of the world’s most common cancer, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.  Skin cancer occurs when there are abnormalities in the cells that make up the skin. 

Colon Cancer Rising in People Under 50

According to a recent study, although overall colon cancer rates are declining, the rates among Americans under 50 have jumped more than 11 percent in the past decade.   “Our findings suggest that health care providers should be more vigilant about detecting symptoms in younger patients and also should consider lowering the threshold for colonoscopy

Study Says Lung Cancer Survival Increases Sharply If Caught Early

According to a recent study in England, increased screening to identify and monitor people at high risk for lung cancer could increase their chance for five-year survival by nearly three-quarters.  Researchers at the University of Liverpool suggest leaders in Britain set up a national screening program to catch more lung cancer earlier, with the hope

Dr. Fung Receives Award from YWCA of Greater Newburyport

Claire Fung M.D. was recently honored with the Constance M. Grasso Award by the YWCA of Greater Newburyport.  Dr. Fung was presented with the award at the YWCA of Greater Newburyport’s annual meeting on April 26 at the Amesbury Senior Center in Amesbury, Massachusetts.  The YWCA of Greater Newburyport is a part of an international

Brain Tumors

May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month.  According to the National Brain Tumor Society, who is committed to improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors, more than 69,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor this year.  A brain tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue in the brain or

Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

April is National Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Month and April 10 – 16, 2016 is National Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week.   According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery), each year, more than 55,000 Americans will develop cancer of the head and neck (most of which is preventable)

Cancer Death Rate Continues to Drop

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, so it is good news when the American Cancer Society, a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, announces that the cancer death rate is dropping.  According to the American Cancer Society’s latest annual report, published

Do These Three Things to Help Prevent Cancer

If your New Year’s resolution to get fit and healthy is already losing steam, February, which is National Cancer Prevention Month, is a great time to give yourself a second chance.  Renew your efforts to make healthier choices by learning what you can do to help reduce your cancer risk.  The Centers for Disease Control

Treating Cervical Cancer with Radiation Therapy

Over 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States every year.  That is 33 women a day.  Unlike some other cancers, cervical cancer is not considered to be passed down through family genes.  It is caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV).  When a female is infected with these types of

Anna Jaques Cancer Center Opens Thoracic Clinic

Anna Jaques Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently collaborated together to open the Thoracic Clinic at Anna Jaques Cancer Center, affiliated with BIDMC.  The clinic delivers the advanced care you’d expect from a major Boston medical center, with a convenient, personalized approach right here in your community.  Thoracic diseases are those that affect

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  The event started back in 1995 as Lung Cancer Awareness Day.  As the lung cancer community and the lung cancer movement grew, the awareness activities increased and the day matured into Lung Cancer Awareness Month.  During the month, people throughout the country come together to support the lung

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized nationwide during the month of October.  It is an annual health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.  The national campaign also offers information and support to those affected

Alliance Oncology Receives Avatar Patient Experience Awards

Nashville, TN – May 20, 2014 – Avatar Solutions, a leading provider of Patient Satisfaction Surveys, recently announced its 2013 awards. Highlighting its consistent dedication to providing a high-quality patient experience, Alliance Oncology is being awarded the following honors: Exceeding Patient Expectations Five Star Service – Loyalty and Endorsement – Outpatient Avatar Solutions’ awards are

Meet Dr. Fung

Dr. Claire Fung, Radiation Oncologist at Commonwealth Newburyport Cancer Center, graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School. She completed her Radiation Oncology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Fung is board certified in radiation oncology and a recipient of numerous awards, including being named one of the Best Doctors in America for seven consecutive years.