Our Treatment Team

The Care Team at Kennedy



Kennedy Cancer TeamIf you or someone close to you is facing a diagnosis of cancer, it’s important to focus all of your time and energy on beating the disease. With the comprehensive care available through the Kennedy Health System, you have the opportunity to concentrate on your health. That’s because from diagnosis through treatment, you can count on the latest advancements in technology and a highly skilled team of cancer specialists to provide seamless and effective care.

If more advanced care is needed, as the only member of the Penn Cancer Network in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties, Kennedy physicians work cooperatively with Penn specialists, maintaining communications and collaboration throughout your care. This integrated approach allows Kennedy and Penn to work as a team to give each patient the best treatment experience possible -- with the least inconvenience. We’re fighting cancer with Penn Medicine on our side!

Our team of physicians include surgeons whose efforts are directed toward removing the tumor, medical oncologists and radiation oncologists who specialize in the treatment of cancer by providing treatments that can complement surgery or be used alone. In addition, radiologists and pathologists provide pivotal information to accurately diagnose the cancer and support the selection of the most effective treatment approach. While most patients never meet these physicians, their contributions to your care is significant.

A team of dedicated health care professionals with specialized expertise in cancer collaborate with our physicians and directly participate in your care. Among others, these include oncology certified nurses, registered radiation therapists, and an oncology social worker.

Breast Cancer

The Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center, under the medical direction of Eduardo Careaga, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, meets the needs of each patient in a prompt and courteous manner. Each patient receives compassionate and personalized care. The Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of breast cancer. We use state-of-the-art technology, from screening and early detection programs, risk assessment and education, to the latest in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Services include minimally invasive breast biopsy, breast MRI, sentinel lymph node biopsy, breast conservation surgery, breast reconstruction, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.
 
Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women.  Tumors of the colon and rectum are most often growths that arise from the inner wall of the large intestine.  Many years of research indicate the overwhelming majority of these tumors were initially benign (non-cancerous) polyps that became cancerous over time.  When caught in the early stages before the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the survival rates for cancers of the colon and rectum are very high.
The Kennedy Cancer Center offers colo-rectal robotic surgery as a treatment option for patients where applicable.
 
Prostate Cancer

At current rates, one in every six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some time in their life. When prostate cancer is caught at an early stage, there are many more treatment options available to patients. Since, however, it is often a rather slow growing cancer, patients and family members can be affected for years by prostate cancer and its treatment.

The good news is thanks to major advances in the management of prostate cancer, the cure rate is very high when the disease is diagnosed and treated at an early stage. In addition, more sophisticated and targeted treatment approaches are decreasing the side effects of prostate cancer treatment.
 
 

Key Patient Contacts

Louise M. Baca RN MSN - Cancer Center Administrator
856-218-5321

Eric Gonzalez, RN, OCN - Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.
856-218-5324

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C - Social Worker
Patient support and information.
856-218-5322

Cancer Center Accreditations

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Upcoming Classes

HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 11/03/2014
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.

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Mindfulness and Meditation - 11/03/2014
With meditation at its core, mindfulness is a way to create a greater sense of peace and compassion for ourselves and our circumstances. Reduce stress on the body and mind. Learn the skills to live in the present and nurture yourself.

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