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New New Jersey hospital dedicated to cancer care opens

Posted on: 10/29/2002

New New Jersey hospital dedicated to cancer care opens

The Associated Press
10/29/02 3:21 PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- The first New Jersey hospital dedicated solely to cancer care will bring residents state-of-the-art inpatient cancer treatment and diagnostic services, health officials say.

Tuesday's opening of The Cancer Hospital of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is the latest improvement in cancer care for the state's residents. Many once traveled to neighboring states for treatment at elite centers such as New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The new cancer center, a seven-story addition to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, will be the flagship treatment hospital for the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, which is connected by a skywalk.

"New Jerseyans and their families trying to meet the challenge of cancer can now stay close to home," Harvey Holzberg, president and chief executive officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, said in a prepared statement. "This facility, with its cutting-edge technology and thoughtful amenities, is the perfect marriage of high tech and personal touch."

The new hospital has 92 patient beds -- more than double the number in the RWJUH cancer unit it is replacing -- and has advanced treatment and diagnostic technology, including a new radiation oncology department.

That department offers stereotactic radiosurgery, a high-dose radiation treatment done in one session; intensity modulated radiation therapy, which uses computer images to direct large, precise radiation doses to tumors while protecting surrounding tissue; and CT simulation, body-scanning technology that produces three-dimensional images used to map tumor sites and plan treatments.

The three patient floors include hotel-style rooms with VCRs, CD players, refrigerators and family sleeping accommodations, plus a family lounge with computers.

Patients can benefit from experimental drugs and treatment techniques being pioneered at the institute, which last month was named the country's 39th comprehensive cancer center. The designation recognizes its strength in laboratory research, translating research into potential patient treatments and providing cancer prevention and education programs.

"The Cancer Hospital of New Jersey meets a need to expand inpatient cancer services and brain cancer care to the highest level in New Jersey," said the cancer institute's director, Dr. William Hait.


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