Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Merrimack Valley

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About Us

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Merrimack Valley provides the latest hematology and medical oncology care to patients in the Merrimack Valley. The center makes it possible to offer the expertise and experience of Dana-Farber, New England’s leading cancer center, while enabling patients to enjoy the comfort and convenience of staying close to home. 

Expert hematologist/oncologists, supported by Dana-Farber’s vast clinical resources, offer patients the latest and most advanced treatments for cancer and blood disorders, including access to Dana-Farber’s innovative clinical trials. In addition, a range of clinical and support services is available to patients and their families, reflecting Dana-Farber’s commitment to treating the “whole patient.” 

Our Services 

Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley delivers the latest medical oncology care, including chemotherapy, biologic, and targeted therapy. Our experienced team also provides care for benign hematologic disorders. Patients have local access to select Dana-Farber clinical trials exploring new cancer therapies. 

Hematology/oncology: Medical oncology and hematology care and infusion are provided by Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley. Infusion services include chemotherapy and immunotherapy, as well as additional medications and treatments (such as hydration). Patients will receive their infusion in private "bays." 

Genetic counseling: The genetic counseling program can help guide a personalized approach to treatment and identify a patient’s risk of developing other cancers. Our team can also help individuals with a family history of cancer to assess their cancer risk. 

Clinical trials: Patients will have access to many clinical trials through Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, a nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and one of the largest cancer research programs in the nation. We encourage patients to speak with their health care team about clinical trial opportunities. 

Nutrition counseling: Balanced nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment and survivorship. Our registered dietitian works with patients to design a healthful diet that can help rebuild a body’s cells and energy level and manage the side effects of treatment. 

Social work: Our social worker can help patients and families cope with the emotional aspects of their treatment, as well as with practical issues. We can help identify community resources such as support groups, transportation and financial assistance programs, and disability benefits. 

Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley also offers a number of online resources to help you address the range of issues you may face after treatment, including: 

  • Changes in the body after cancer treatment 
  • Emotional and physical symptom management 
  • Legal rights concerning health care and employment 
  • Finding support groups 
  • Maintaining, repairing, or enhancing personal relationships 
  • Pursuing appropriate follow-up care 

Financial services: Our financial counselor helps explain billing policies, determine eligibility for insurance or financial assistance, and contact insurance carriers and other providers on your behalf. 


Our Physician Team 

Our physician team at Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley provides hematology and oncology care: 

Laura C. Caprario, MD, MS
Catherine Iasiello, MD
Nasima Khatoon, MD
Marina Z. Khitrik-Palchuk, MD
Ankur Mehta, MD
Taylor Ortiz, MD, Medical Director
Pedro M. Sanz-Altamira, MD, PhD

Our Advanced Practice Professionals

Christina Hart Brown, MSN, ED, CEN, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner
Alyssa Chadderdon, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Suzanne DiPalma, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Nurse Practitioner
Susanne Huberty, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Nurse Practitioner
Kathleen Mitchell, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Nurse Practitioner
Maria Rachidi, PA-C, Physician Assistant

Refer a Patient to Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley 

Our team welcomes the opportunity to partner with you to care for your patients with cancer or a blood disorder. We work collaboratively with referring physicians to develop treatment plans and communicate about your patient’s status in a detailed and timely manner. 

To refer a patient to Dana-Farber - Merrimack Valley, call 978-620-2020


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