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patient guideSurviving cancer begins with early detection and diagnosis, and continues during and after treatment. The Cancer Care Team at the Kennedy Cancer Center is here to provide guidance, information and the assistance you need to have the best possible quality of life, no matter where you are on the cancer journey.

Start here and learn the basic facts about cancer, symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. You will find answers to many of your questions about cancer here. 

Then browse the offerings at our Hope and Healing Center, which offers many healing and educational offerings.
Becoming smoke-free is one of the best things you can do to improve your health. By quitting smoking, you can improve your lung function and circulation and reduce your chance of developing certain cancers and heart disease, among many other benefits. It may help you add years to your life.New Jersey has several support options to help you quit smoking: • NJ Quitline: 1-866-NJ-STOPS or 1-866-657-8677 (TTY: 711). Design a program that fits your needs and get support from counselors. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except holidays) and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program supports 26 languages. For more information visit: www.njquitline.org. • NJ QuitNet: www.nj.quitnet.com. This is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week online resource with free peer support and trained counselors. The medicines listed below can help you quit smoking. Ask your doctor if any of these are right for you: Varenicline (Chantix) Bupropion (Zyban) Nicotine transdermal patches (Nicoderm) Nicotine intranasal spray (Nicotrol nasal spray) Nicotine inhaler (Nicotrol inhaler) Nicotine polacrilex gum (Nicorette) Nicotine polacrilex lozenge (Committ) If you or someone you know is a smoker, we encourage taking our lung cancer screening quiz to see if a lung cancer screening is appropriate.

 

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Cancer is a group of over 100 diseases that begin in cells, the body's basic unit of life. Normally, cells grow and divide to produce more cells only when the body needs them. However, sometimes this orderly process goes wrong. The genetic material (DNA) of a cell can become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. When this happens, cells do not die when they should and new cells form when the body does not need them. The extra cells may form a mass of tissue called a tumor. Tumors can be malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous).

 

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The most common type of cancer in the United States is non-melanoma skin cancer, with more than 2,000,000 new cases expected in the United States in 2011.

 

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Cancer that is detected in its earliest stages, when the tumor tends to be smaller and has not spread to other parts of the body, has the greatest likelihood of cure and long terms survival. For this reason, certain screening tests are recommended to detect specific cancers as early as possible.

 

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At the Kennedy Cancer Center, we use multiple approaches to ensure the first cancer diagnosis is the correct one. Physical Exam With a gentle, hands-on approach, our doctors look for any abnormalities which may indicate the presence of cancer. This includes changes in skin color, enlarged organs, and lumps. Laboratory Tests Using the latest state-of-art technology and new detection methods, our doctors may be able to identify the presence of cancer with a simple urine sample or blood draw. These laboratory tests may find unusual results, like a drastic increase in white blood cells, which can point to the existence of cancer in the body. Imaging Tests These noninvasive cancer diagnosis methods allow our doctors to examine the entire body without pain or discomfort. Using sophisticated medical scanning techniques, like Computerized Tomography (CT) scan, 3D Mammography scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Ultrasounds and X-Rays, we are able to pinpoint the exact location of abnormalities which may be cancerous. While imaging tests are necessary to identify abnormalities in the body, they alone can't differentiate cancerous cells from noncancerous cells. For the majority of cancers, the only way to make a definitive cancer diagnosis is to use a biopsy to collect cells for closer examination. Biopsy Definitive cancer diagnosis comes as a result of finding cancerous cells in a specific sampling of abnormal tissue after being thoroughly examined in the laboratory. There are multiple methods for collecting abnormal cells in a biopsy, and determining the correct method is dependent upon factors like the suspected type of cancer and its location. Some of the most common biopsy methods are: Bone Marrow Biopsy, Endoscopic Biopsy, Needle Biopsy, Core Needle Biopsy, Fine Needle Aspiration, Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy, and Image-Guided Biopsy. Once the biopsy sample is obtained, it is immediately examined by specialized physicians called Pathologists. Using a series of highly technical laboratory tests, the Pathologists locate and identify the presence of cancerous cells. Upon a correct diagnosis, our doctors present, explain and evaluate various treatment options with the patient and their family. The Fight Starts Here Schedule a Diagnostic Screening Today Call 856-218-5324 To learn more about Kennedy Cancer Center treatment options, click here.

 

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Medical Oncology Once an accurate diagnosis is made, cancer treatment options are evaluated and presented by a Medical Oncologist who acts as the main health care provider, coordinating care with our cancer treatment team. The Medical Oncologist may prescribe chemotherapy, share test results with your primary physician and request treatment from other medical specialists at the Kennedy Cancer Center in Southern Jersey. Radiation Oncology When radiation therapy treatment becomes an essential part of the overall cancer treatment plan, our Radiation Oncologists work hand-in-hand with the Medical Oncologist and radiation therapy team to develop a specialized treatment plan. The Radiation Oncologist monitors your progress constantly, adjusting treatments to ensure maximum effectiveness with minimal adverse reactions. Breast Surgical Oncology If breast cancer surgery is necessary for a successful treatment plan, the Breast Surgical Oncologists at the Kennedy Cancer Center will be integrated into the cancer treatment team. These highly specialized surgeons have vast experience in both breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) and breast removal surgery (mastectomy). Surgical treatment is incorporated as a part of the overall treatment plan, established and monitored by the cancer team of Medical Oncologists, primary physicians and other cancer specialists at Kennedy. Colorectal Surgery Cancers related to the rectum or colon, when detected and diagnosed early, have some of the most favorable treatment outcomes for cancer patients. When colorectal surgery becomes necessary, your treatment plan will include the Colorectal Surgeons at the Kennedy Cancer Center in South Jersey, who are specialized surgeons that work together with the rest of your cancer treatment team. Thoracic Surgery Focused on cancers of the chest (Lung, Esophageal, Mesothelioma, etc.), the highly trained Thoracic Surgeons at the Kennedy Cancer Center in South Jersey provide surgical treatment for a number of common cancers. Under the supervisory care of the Medical Oncologist, these surgeons help provide one of the core components of a successful cancer treatment plan. The Fight Starts Here Schedule an Appointment With One of Our Specialized Physicians Call 856-218-5324 To learn more about post-treatment care at the Center for Hope & Healing, please click here.

 

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The most common forms of cancer treatment are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Sometimes, these treatments are used alone to treat cancer, but more often they are used in combination, either in sequence or at the same time. For example, chemotherapy is used as the only cancer treatment. But more often, you will get chemotherapy along with surgery, radiation therapy, or biological therapy.

 

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Below are a list of websites sponsored by reliable sources that offer education, support and other services for cancer patients. You are encouraged to visit these sites to obtain additional information and learn more about the valuable services they offer. Brain Tumors · American Brain Tumor Association · National Brain Tumor Foundation Breast Cancer · Breast Cancer Organization · Living Beyond Breast Cancer · Susan G. Komen Foundation · Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization Clinical Trials · Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups Colorectal Cancer · Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation · Colon Cancer Alliance · Colorectal Careline · United Ostomy Association General Cancer Information · American Cancer Society · Cancer Care · Cancer Hope Network · Cancer Survival Toolbox · CURE (Cancer Updates, Research and Education) · Fertile Hope · Lotsa Helping Hands · National Cancer Institute · OncoLink · SHARE · Cancer Support Community Gyn Cancers · Gynecologic Cancer Foundation · National Cervical Cancer Coalition · Ovarian Cancer National Alliance · Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Kidney Cancer · Kidney Cancer Association Leukemia & Lymphoma · Leukemia & Lymphoma Society · Lymphoma Foundation of America · Lymphoma Research Foundation Lung Cancer · Lung Cancer Alliance · Lung Cancer Online · Mesothelioma Center · Mesothelioma Help Myeloma · International Myeloma Foundation · Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Pain · American Chronic Pain Association · American Pain Association Pancreatic Cancer · Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCan) Sarcoma · Northwest Sarcoma Foundation · Sarcoma Foundation of America Skin Cancer · Melanoma Research Foundation Survivorship · Lance Armstrong Foundation · National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship · People Living with Cancer Thyroid Cancer · Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association Young Adults I'm Too Young for This

 

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Key Patient Contacts

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.
Susan Saporito, RN, BSN, OCN 
856-218-5324 


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

Lung Cancer Screening Program Coordinators
Lisa Mick, RN and Brenda Gorman
856-218-5324

Cancer Center Accreditations

Commission on Cancer, ACR, NAPBC, Screening Center of Excellence

Upcoming Classes

Hope & Healing Stitchers - Knitting & Crocheting Club - Tuesdays 09-06-16 thru 12-13-16 - 01/04/2016
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 - Fridays 09-02-16 thru 12-16-16 - 09/02/2016
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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