Treating Your Cancer
At CentraState, we believe that when it comes to cancer treatment, your best option is having every option. That’s why The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState offers the most advanced cancer treatments available. Treatments include robotic and video-assisted surgery, targeted radiation therapy, and groundbreaking clinical trials. We were also the first hospital in the New York/New Jersey area to offer proton therapy—a highly targeted form of radiation that uses charged proton particles to attack tumors.
Of course, any technology is only as good as the experts that use it. Our cancer specialists are leaders in their respective fields and passionate about the medicine they practice.
Your cancer treatment team
At The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, you will have access to cancer specialists who have trained at the most prestigious schools and medical centers—bringing a level of expertise to CentraState typically found only at major metropolitan teaching hospitals. Working collaboratively, our multidisciplinary cancer team (medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other specialists) provides the most advanced treatment options, clinical trials, and the support and understanding that can truly make a difference in a patient’s cancer journey.
Your treatment plan
Your oncologist and other specialists will review and analyze all of your lab and radiology reports. Next, they will go over their findings with you and discuss treatment options. You will be made aware of all the factors surrounding each treatment, such as expected effectiveness, treatment delivery methods, side effects, recovery time, and, in the case of radiation or chemotherapy—frequency of visits and how long each treatment session lasts.
Together, you and your team will decide a course of action that is right for you. The team will then create a comprehensive treatment plan that includes not only the most advanced therapies, but also the integrative care and support you need to stay physically and emotionally strong throughout treatments.
Team approach to treatment
The cancer team meets during formal tumor board meetings. During the meeting, they discuss your individual case, monitor your progress, and, if needed, collaboratively make adjustments to your treatment plan. These multidisciplinary meetings are an important part of our integrated, patient-centered approach to care. They ensure you are receiving the input and perspective of experts from multiple disciplines, the most effective treatments, and the best possible outcomes.
Active Surveillance or Watchful Waiting
For some cancers that develop slowly, or in circumstances where a patient’s age and medical history play a role, active surveillance or watchful waiting may be an option.
Active surveillance means delaying a course of treatment for your cancer, while having your physician monitor and track any changes your cancer may be making. The benefit of watchful waiting is that there are no intrusive treatments involved, however there could be a risk of the cancer spreading, so this option should be carefully evaluated and discussed with your doctor.
The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState offers leading-edge surgical cancer treatments provided by experienced oncology surgeons. These specialists and subspecialists are highly trained in advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotic surgery and video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS).
We also offer same-day surgery using minimally invasive surgical techniques for breast biopsies, pain management procedures, and reconstructive plastic surgery.
CentraState’s daVinci Robotic Surgical System
If you’re facing surgery for prostate, colon, kidney, or bladder cancer, your doctor may determine that you might be a candidate for robotic surgery. It allows surgeons to make tiny minimally invasive incisions—resulting in less blood loss, less pain and scarring, decreased risk of infection, fewer complications, and a faster recovery.
Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
For patients with lung cancer, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) may be an option for you. VATS is a significant advancement in the minimally invasive treatment of lung cancer. Two of CentraState’s thoracic surgeons (experts on surgery in the chest cavity) were among the first in the world to develop and perform this procedure and have completed over 7,500 video-assisted surgeries. VATS can be used to take biopsies, remove tumors, or, in some cases, to remove the lobe of the lung affected by cancer. The surgery involves making four very small incisions to insert a tiny video camera called a thorascope and miniature surgical instruments. With VATS versus traditional surgery, there is no rib injury, no rib spreading, a shorter operating time, mild to moderate pain, lower incidence of complications, and a faster recovery.
The Karen Olbis Radiation Oncology Center offers the most advanced treatment technology available and a team of cancer experts who are leaders in the field. The radiation oncologists on staff at CentraState have trained at some of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions.
Working collaboratively with a team of multidisciplinary cancer experts, our radiation oncologists provide groundbreaking radiation treatment options and the support and understanding that can truly make a difference in a patient’s cancer journey.
External Beam Radiation (EBRT)
A special machine (linear accelerator) delivers high doses of targeted radiation to the cancer. Using leading-edge technology, physicians can conform multiple radiation beams to the exact shape of the tumor—avoiding healthy tissues and organs.
Internal Radiation (Brachytherapy)
Radiation Seed Implantation
Low-dose radioactive seeds or pellets (the size of a grain of rice) are permanently implanted inside the area to be treated using ultrasound guidance. The number of seeds and where they are placed is determined by a computer-generated treatment plan tailored for each patient.
The seeds remain in place permanently, and become biologically inert after a period of months. This technique allows a high-dose of radiation to be delivered to the tumor with limited damage to surrounding tissues—minimizing side effects. This form of radiation is used frequently for the treatment of prostate cancer.
High-Dose Rate (HDR)
A highly radioactive source is laced through a catheter and temporarily placed directly within the tumor or area to be treated for pre-determined amounts of time. The treatment is usually completed within 15 minutes. By varying the time and location of the source, the dose is sculpted to the target area. For skin cancer, the source is fed through a mold or cup that externally covers the area to be treated.
ProCure Treatment Centers and Princeton Radiation Oncology, in collaboration with CentraState, brought the first proton therapy center to the New Jersey/New York region. Proton therapy allows eligible cancer patients to benefit from the most precise and advanced form of radiation therapy available today.
Proton therapy for cancer is a highly targeted form of radiation using high energy proton particles to attack tumors, usually those found in head and neck, brain, prostate, lung, gastrointestinal and pediatric cancers. These are all cancers that require the most precise form of radiation in order to avoid damage to surrounding tissues. This is especially important for children with cancer when it is vital to avoid excess radiation to healthy cells that are still maturing and growing.
The talented team of radiation oncologists from Princeton Radiation Oncology not only staff the ProCure Treatment Center, many of them also staff CentraState’s Karen Olbis Radiation Oncology Center. As leaders in their field, these physicians have trained at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country—bringing not only an unsurpassed level of expertise to their patients, but also the kind of care and compassion that can truly make a difference in a patient’s cancer journey.
The Jean Mehr Infusion Center
If your doctor has determined that chemotherapy is the appropriate course of treatment for your cancer, you can be assured that every effort is made to make you comfortable in CentraState’s Jean Mehr Infusion Therapy Center. In this patient friendly, comfortable space, you may also receive other treatments related to cancer treatment such as hydration, immunotherapy, or hormonal therapy – enabling you to go to just one outpatient center for your ongoing treatments. Our goal is to help you experience the comfort of community-based cancer care close to home.
Hormone therapy helps prevent cancer cells from getting the hormones they need to grow. At CentraState’s Statesir Cancer Center, hormone therapy may also be used in combination with other cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
Your doctors, nurses and cancer navigators will work closely with you to monitor side effects and make sure you are able to tolerate the hormone therapy. They can also provide you with tips to cope with side effects.
Biological therapy—also referred to as immunotherapy, biotherapy, or biological response modifier therapy—uses or repairs the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It may also be used to reduce side effects caused by some cancer treatments.
Immunotherapy, an innovative cancer treatment available at CentraState, creates biological response modifiers (BRMs) in a laboratory that replicate the BRMs that occur naturally in each person. The goal is to help the body’s immune defenses fight against cancer cells.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer, clinical trials may be an option. If you qualify, your doctor might suggest you consider becoming part of a clinical trial that supports research into a particular kind of medical treatment for cancer.
Learn more about specific Cancer Clinical Trials at CentraState Medical Center
Inpatient Medical Oncology Services
CentraState’s Medical Oncology Unit offers patients and families comfort, education and the highest quality of cancer care. This support is provided by a dedicated, knowledgeable, compassionate staff, including registered nurses who are credentialed in chemotherapy, nationally certified in oncology nursing, hospice and palliative care.