Opportunities continue to expand for New Jersey residents to receive high-quality cancer care without crossing any state boarders, including a growing number of hospital partnerships that involve nationally acclaimed treatment facilities.
Last week, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center cut a ribbon on a new facility in Monmouth County, its second site in the Garden State. The Middletown location will be the first MSK location to include surgical treatments outside its Manhattan base. Their original New Jersey location, in Basking Ridge, opened a decade ago.
In recent years, MSK was joined by the MD Anderson Cancer Center, based in Camden, which brought a wealth of research and cutting-edge treatment to South Jersey. And a number of hospital networks have added increasingly comprehensive cancer treatments to their roster of care.
Some 50,000 state residents are diagnosed with cancer each year, and 16,000 of these individuals die, experts said. New Jersey is 10th in the nation for cancer incidents.
Hospital-affiliated cancer care centers in New Jersey include:
1. AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center/AtlanticCare Cancer Care Institute
With locations in Cape May Court House and Egg Harbor Township, AtlantiCare provides a range of services — as well as transportation for some cancer patients.
2. Cooper Health System/MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
Cooper Cancer Center, based in Camden, serves South Jersey, Delaware, and the Philadelphia area, connecting patients with national experts, clinical trials, and specialized treatments.
3. Hackensack University Medical Center/John Theurer Cancer Center
With several locations in Bergen County, the John Theurer Cancer Center connects patients to clinical trials and personalized treatments.
4. Memorial Sloan Kettering
With its existing location in Basking Ridge, and the Middletown site opening soon, MSK uses multidisciplinary teams and combined therapies. The new facility will include inpatient and outpatient treatment, multiple screenings, specialized treatments, and space for support services.
5. Meridian Health/Meridian Cancer Centers
Based in Ocean County, with facilities in Bayshore and Jackson, [link:http://www.meridianhealth.com/service/cancer-care/|
Meridian Cancer Centers] use a multidisciplinary approach and nurse “navigators” to help patients coordinate their care and other support.
6. Rutgers Cancer Institute
Launched more than two decades ago, the Cancer Institute — the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive center — has grown and evolved. It works through its flagship hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in New Jersey, and a half-dozen partner facilities and community partnerships statewide. This fall, it launched a new program with University Hospital in Newark to expand care options in the state’s largest urban community.
7. RWJ/Barnabas Health/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Steeplechase Cancer Center
Based in the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset campus, Steeplechase includes the Sanofi U.S. Breast Care Program, a nationally accredited program, and other comprehensive care; it also functions as a research affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute.
8. Saint Peters University Hospital/Saint Peters University Hospital Cancer Center
The New Brunswick facility specializes in comprehensive cancer care for adults and children, including a dedicated oncology unit designed to accommodate overnight visits from families.
9. Shore Medical Center/Shore Medical Center Cancer Center
Established nearly three decades ago, Shore Medical Center Cancer Center, in Somers Point, south of Atlantic City, provides a vast range of cancer services for shore-area residents.
10. Trinitas Regional Medical Center/Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center
Based in Elizabeth, Trinitas provides a number of diagnostic and treatment services, including specialized radiology treatments and a new lung-cancer screening program, for those in Central Jersey and beyond.