Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy

Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy



The Kennedy Health System is proud to be the only healthcare system in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties affiliated with the Penn Cancer Network. While the majority of cancer care can be provided appropriately and effectively at Kennedy, if more advanced care is needed, Penn specialists work cooperatively with Kennedy physicians, maintaining communications and collaboration throughout the patient's care. This integrated approach allows Kennedy and Penn to work together as a team to give each patient the best treatment experience possible - with the least inconvenience. In addition, the affiliation also provides enhanced community outreach, as well as collaborative educational opportunities for our doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

American College of Radiology accredited centerWhy Choose Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy

Facing a cancer diagnosis is never easy, and the thought of undergoing treatment can be frightening - but the actual experience doesn't need to be. Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy - an American College of Radiology accredited center, conveniently located at the Kennedy Cancer Center in Washington Township, NJ - uses advanced technology to treat cancer patients in a compassionate and caring manner. Highly-skilled and specially-trained medical professionals - University of Pennsylvania radiation oncologists, physicians, medical physicists, radiation therapists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers - work together to ensure the best possible outcomes and treatment experience. For every member of our Radiation Oncology team, each patient comes first.

Why Choose an American College of Radiology (ACR) Accredited Center?


An accredited facility and its personnel have voluntarily gone through a comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the American College of Radiology (ACR), a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists.  The accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiation oncologists and medical physicists.

Patients can be sure that a facility accredited by the American College of Radiology:

 

  • Has voluntarily gone through a vigorous review process to ensure that nationally accepted standards of care are met.
  • All personnel are well qualified through education and certification to administer radiation therapy treatments.
  • Equipment used is appropriate for the treatment, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

 

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation is a special kind of energy carried by waves or a stream of particles. At high dosages, it can be used to treat cancer and other illnesses, and this use of high-energy rays or particles is called Radiation Therapy. Radiation therapy is painless.

Penn Radiation Oncology at Kennedy uses advanced technology - including 3-D treatment planning and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) - to treat certain types of cancer. These technologies support our goal of delivering the necessary dose of radiation to the cancer site, while minimizing the exposure of normal tissue and other organs in the area.

External Beam Radiation Therapy is the most common form of radiation therapy. With this treatment, a special machine aims radiation directly at the part of the body where the cancer cells are located. The machine does not touch the body but rather rotates around it, sending radiation to the body from many different directions. External Beam Radiation is used as a local treatment - meaning the radiation is directed only to the specific part of the body where the cancer is located.

  • Most people get External Beam Therapy once a day, five days-a-week, with treatment lasting two to eight weeks, depending on the type of cancer, and the goal of treatment. The time between the first and last radiation session is called a course of treatment.
  • External radiation is sometimes given in smaller doses, twice-a-day (hyperfractionated radiation therapy).
  • External beam radiation therapy does not make you radioactive. You may safely be around other people, even infants and young children.

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 and Healing Stitchers - Knitting and Crocheting Club - 10/24/2014
Join fellow community knitters and/or crocheters on an ongoing basis. Share and learn new skills, while working on community projects that will benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients and their families. Please bring your own supplies and materials.

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HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 10/27/2014
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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