DERRY — Parkland Medical Center in Derry and Salem has launched a new gynecologic oncology program through a partnership with Lahey Gynecologic Oncology in Burlington, Mass.
Marsha Clements, Parkland’s director of oncology, said the hospital has been partnering with Lahey for over a decade, referring cancer patients to Burlington for consultations and surgeries, but as of Dec. 10, it is now offering those services in Derry.
“So, now that we have that service they can get all that care in the same spot,” Clements said.
Before, patients had to drive for 30 minutes or more depending on where they live, which also presented a hardship on family members who attend consultations and treatments with the patients.
“I think it’s easier for the families in the support system,” Clements said.
Dr. Valena Wright of Lahey Gynecologic Oncology will be in Derry twice a month in the new arrangement, and is able to perform surgical interventions at Parkland’s facility.
“A lot of the specialty surgeries need to be referred out,” Clements said.
By the end of February, two other physicians from Lahey will be set up regularly at Parkland’s Salem offices. Between the three physicians, Parkland expects to have weekly coverage.
Clements said they are really excited to have Wright working out of Derry. She said a lot of OBGYNs in the state refer to her practice.
In a statement, Wright said she is pleased to begin offering these services to members of the Derry and Salem communities closer to home.
“Specializing in gynecologic oncology, I am dedicated to developing, evaluating and implementing treatment plans for each woman’s needs,” Wright said.
Conditions treated through the new service include cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, HPV and cervical dysplasia, ovarian cancer, peritoneal cancer, recurring gynecologic cancers, uterine cancer, vaginal cancer and vulvar cancer