Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health Launch Home Infusion Program
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health have partnered with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to launch a collaborative pilot program which provides oncology care to eligible patients in the comfort of their own home - the first of its kind in the state. With the goal of preventing disruption of chemotherapy during the coronavirus pandemic and limiting exposure to hospital settings, the pilot program first began in September 2020. The pilot program, which currently treats patients with varied types of cancer, also leverages the use of telemedicine while enhancing overall patient experience. Read more
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
Approximately 15 percent of Americans are believed to have a pancreatic cyst, and unlike other cysts such as those on the ovaries, liver or kidneys, pancreatic cysts have the potential to progress to pancreatic cancer over time. Russell Langan, MD, surgical oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, chief of Surgical Oncology and Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, shares more information on monitoring pancreatic cysts and pancreatic cancer. Learn more
Oncology Nurse Perspective: the Important Role of Cancer Caregivers 
Caregivers are individuals who provide emotional and physical care and support for a person with cancer or other illnesses. Providing emotional support help with medical care and serving as the communicator between the patient and health care team can be challenging. Arlene D. Cruz, RN, BSN, OCN, nurse clinician at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, helps to examine the issues facing caregivers of patients with cancer and shares how oncology nurses and caregivers can work together and support each other throughout the cancer journey. Read more
Exploring Disparities in Lung Cancer
Compared with all other racial and ethnic groups in the United States, Black people are disproportionally more affected by lung cancer. Sharon R. Pine, PhD, a resident member of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, associate professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and member of the Cancer Health Equity Center of Excellence, discusses the barriers that Black people face, the research being done on racial health disparities and how action can be taken now. Learn more
As New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey together with RWJBarnabas Health, provides patients access to the most advanced treatment options including complex surgical procedures, sophisticated radiation therapy techniques, innovative clinical trials, immunotherapy, and precision medicine.