Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital - Bethke

Collaborating for cutting-edge cancer care.

With comprehensive radiation oncology and medical oncology services, as well as Mass General thoracic cancer surgery consultations all under one umbrella, the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke achieves highly coordinated care for Concord-area residents.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s joint program with Emerson Hospital brings together experienced cancer specialists, leading-edge technology and the latest treatment options for Concord-area residents. Coordinated care with clinicians at Mass General’s main campus downtown offers patients access to more specialized services, should they need it.

At the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital – Bethke, patients will find:

    • Expert specialists including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and other clinicians 
    • Sophisticated diagnostic imaging such as a 64-slice CT scanner, MRI scanner, ultrasound, bone scans, digital mammography and PET/CT, to detect cancer at its earliest stages and to help determine treatment plan.  Many biopsy techniques don’t require surgery thanks to new image-guided techniques. Our experienced pathology staff plays an important role in diagnosing cancer by examining tissues, tumors and blood samples to define the extent of the cancer and how it may respond to various treatments.
    • Integrative therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, and Reiki, which can be effective in addressing nausea, pain and fatigue, and in bolstering the immune system. We encourage you to speak with your physician if you are interested in combining these or other complimentary therapies with your cancer treatment.
    • Genetic counseling, where genetic counselors and medical oncologists provide screening and referrals for genetic testing to help determine cancer risk
    • Access to large clinical trial programs in Boston, which can answer questions about new ways to find, diagnose, treat and prevent cancer, as well as manage its symptoms. Many of today’s treatments resulted from information learned in past research trials. 
    • Support services such as:
        o Social work, can help coordinate and integrate support services at any time from initial diagnosis through treatment and beyond. 
        o Pain management and physical, occupational and speech therapy during and after treatment, through the Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies.
        o Emerson Home Care, which can provide support in the home and care coordination if a hospice referral is desired.

Practitioners work collaboratively with medical and radiation oncology teams to provide care and support after active treatment through these and other survivorship programs.

Sailing Heals

Sailing Heals’ mission is to give individuals and the people who care for them a memorable and uplifting shared experience on the water, while allowing them to enjoy the respite from the realities of their diagnosis. There is no eligibility criteria — patients can be in treatment, post treatment, in remission, etc. Each patient is encouraged to bring a guest. Each sail will last about 2-3 hours, with lunch provided after. If the sea is choppy, or the patients unexpectedly feel queasy, the captains stay in the harbor and enjoy the view, share the coastal history, etc.

The “Escape for a spirit-lifting day at sea,” is simple. Please visit and click on the VIP Sailing Guest Registry button in the center of the home page. The sails are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Schwartz Center Rounds

Emerson Hospital hosts Schwartz Center Rounds. These are unique, multi-disciplinary sessions in which the emotional side of care giving is explored. A national program with sites across the country, Schwartz Center Rounds are supported by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate healthcare.
In a typical Rounds session, a panel of caregivers from multiple disciplines presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. Recent topics have included "Electronic Communication and the Patient-Caregiver Relationship", "When the Caregiver Becomes the Patient" and "Caring for the Patient Who Does Not Care." Participants then share their own thoughts and feelings related to the topic. 

Unlike grand rounds, these sessions are not about clinical problem-solving, but rather about exploring and processing the emotions that come up in the daily work of hospital staff. A comprehensive study of Schwartz Center Rounds has shown them to help caregivers connect better with patients emotionally; enhance their understanding of the effects of illness on patients and their families; improve communication among caregivers and decrease feelings of caregiver isolation and stress.
For more information about Schwartz Center Rounds, visit          


Quality Accreditations

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology at Emerson Hospital-Bethke is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). ACR accreditation means that the department has met rigorous standards for the qualifications of personnel, policies and procedures, equipment specifications, quality assurance activities, patient safety and ultimately the quality of patient care.

For more information on any of these services or to make a medical oncology appointment, call 978-287-3436. If you already have been referred for radiation oncology treatment and need to schedule a consultation with a radiation oncologist, call 978-287-3290.