The Cancer Hospital of New Jersey
The Cancer Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University provides a full range of cancer treatment options including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation and chemoembolization. Your specific treatment will take into account the type of cancer you have, the stage of disease, and, most importantly, your goals for treatment. Once these have been determined, your medical team will develop your treatment plan. It may include one or more of the treatments listed below.
Surgery is a common treatment for many stages of cancer and may be used as the only form of treatment or in combination with other treatment forms such as radiation and chemotherapy. Your medical team will discuss with you the types of treatment that will be best for managing your specific disease.
At the Cancer Hospital of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, surgical expertise is a cornerstone of care. From the latest in minimally invasive procedures including prostatectomy and nephrectomy using the da Vinci robot to minimally invasive lung surgery using video cameras, the surgeons at RWJUH set the standard for excellence in surgical management of patients with cancer.
Radiation Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) provides patients with a wide range of services that include external beam radiotherapy (IMRT, IGRT and 3D conformal), radiosurgery, brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitory, HDR and LDR) and TomoTherapy. Proton Beam Radiation will be implemented in the near future.
Chemotherapy is a general term for any of a class of chemical agents used to stop cancer cells from growing. Chemotherapy is considered a systemic treatment, which means it works throughout the body to attack cancer at many different sites. A chemotherapy regimen (a treatment plan and schedule for the drugs to be given) usually includes chemotherapy drugs and additional drugs to combat the side effects of the chemotherapy. Managing and preventing side effects such as anemia, nausea, and infection are important goals of your therapy. At the Cancer Hospital of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, we will monitor your response to the treatment and provide therapies aimed at improving your chemotherapy experience by preventing unpleasant symptoms.
Chemotherapy can be delivered in many different ways: through a vein, in a pill or liquid form, or directly into a body cavity. How your chemotherapy is administered will depend on many factors including the area being treated, how the drug is prepared, and whether there is clinical evidence to support the medications used.
Bone Marrow Transplant
Bone marrow transplant is a procedure that collects healthy bone marrow from a donor (allogeneic transplant), or the patient (autologous transplant), and implants it into the diseased tissue of the patient. It may be performed on patients whose bone marrow is not working properly due to diseases including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome and certain types of solid tumor cancers such as breast cancer.
Chemoembolization is a method of treating tumors of the liver. This treatment is provided for primary liver cancers as well as cancers that have metastasized (spread) to the liver from other areas. This treatment involves directly injecting chemotherapy into the blood vessels that feed the tumor to stop their blood supply and shrink the tumor itself. This procedure is performed in the Interventional Radiology Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.