The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its Network of Hospitals Join Forces to Raise Awareness of Prostate Cancer Statewide
New Brunswick, N.J. –In an effort to reach and educate more men about one of the more common types of cancer that affects them, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) and its Network of hospitals are teaming up to provide screenings and information across the state during the month of September, which is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Additional screening opportunities will extend into October. CINJ is a Center of Excellence at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men, other than skin cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. It is estimated that approximately 192,000 new cases of prostate cancer will occur in the United States this year, with the illness affecting more African-American men than those of Asian or Caucasian descent. In New Jersey alone, 6,000 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed, while 660 men will die from the disease this year. That is why CINJ and its partner and affiliate hospitals are joining forces to educate men and their families about this disease.
Molly Gabel, MD, deputy director of extramural affairs at CINJ and associate professor of radiation oncology at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says the CINJ Network has a unique opportunity to educate the greater community. "Through the collaborative efforts being undertaken in September, we know that more men will be better armed with information about their prostate health, and that the CINJ Network hospitals will have played a key role in helping to save many lives. This is just one example of how the CINJ Network is offering the most comprehensive cancer education and care to New Jerseyans," she said.
CINJ and its Flagship Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick will be hosting their annual prostate-screening event September 21, 22, and 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. each evening at CINJ (195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick). The joint event is in its eleventh year and has long attracted the support of local clergy and community leaders. A team of experts from the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at CINJ will be conducting the screenings, which will include a digital rectal exam and the prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test. The screening is open to all men 40 and older. Limited free parking will be available. While the screenings are free, an appointment is necessary and can be made by calling 732-247-2050.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (New Brunswick)
Tuesday, September 15 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (One Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick). Isaac Kim, MD, PhD, head of CINJ’s Urologic Oncology Program and associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School will team up with Mark Stein, MD, medical oncologist at CINJ and assistant professor of medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to discuss diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer during the Prostate Cancer Seminar. Karen Sherman from the American Cancer Society and Ellen Levine of The Wellness Community of Central New Jersey will outline a patient’s perspective of prostate cancer and how patients and families cope with this disease. The free program will also feature exhibits and refreshments. Registration is required by September 10 and can be done by calling 732-418-8110.
Other CINJ Network Prostate Cancer Awareness Events:
Atlantic Health’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital (Morristown)
Tuesday, September 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Malcolm Forbes Amphitheater at Morristown Memorial Hospital (95 Madison Ave., Morristown). Perry Sutaria, MD, will discuss erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer treatment during the Us Too Prostate Cancer Support Group Meeting hosted by the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital. For additional information, call 973-971-6100.
Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza (3 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown.) The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital will be hosting Community Health Day, which will feature prostate and other health screenings. To register, call 1-800-247-9580.
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Peter B. Doherty Men’s Cancer Center (third floor) at The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital (95 Madison Ave., Morristown). The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital will host “Fighting Prostate Cancer with Robotics: A 21st Century Solution to an Age Old Problem.” Participants will learn what to expect before and after robotic surgery, as well what support services are available during treatment. To register, call 1-800-247-9580.
Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m. at The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital (95 Madison Ave., Morristown). The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital is hosting “The Great PSA Debate,” which is a professional program appropriate for physicians, nurses and allied health professionals addressing the pros and cons for using PSA as a screening tool for prostate cancer. CME hours have been applied for (1.5 CME credits). Registration and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Presenters include James McKiernan, MD; Douglas Scherr, MD; and Arthur Israel, MD. A light dinner will be served. To register, call 1-800-247-9580.
CentraState Healthcare System (Freehold)
Monday, October 5 from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the CentraState Medical Offices at Monroe (Renaissance Crossings, 312 Applegarth Road, Monroe Township). CentraState is offering a lecture entitled “Prostate Problems and Cancer” given by Farzad Jamshidian, MD. The free event will cover detection and treatment of prostate problems and is designed to assist men and their families in making educated decisions regarding prevention, detection and treatment. Registration is requested at 732-308-0570.
Cooper University Hospital (Voorhees)
Monday, September 21 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Three Cooper Plaza, Suite 211 in Camden. The Cooper Cancer Institute will offer free prostate cancer screenings for uninsured persons who meet income guidelines through the Camden County Cancer Education and Early Detection (CEED) Program. Interested men must call Miriam Otero at 856-968-7324 to schedule an appointment.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Hamilton (Hamilton, Mercer County)
Tuesday, October 20 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness (3100 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton). The facility will host a free prostate and testicular cancer screening, which will include the PSA blood test. Registration is required by calling 609-584-5900.
Somerset Medical Center (Somerville)
Wednesday, September 9 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Somerset Family Practice (110 Rehill Avenue, Somerville). The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center is offering free prostate cancer screenings as part of a research study being conducted by the Prostate Cancer Education Council. Board-certified urologists from the Prostate Cancer Institute at The Steeplechase Cancer Center will provide digital rectal exams and blood tests to determine PSA, cholesterol, and testosterone levels. Men over age 40 and males over age 35, who are considered to be at high-risk for prostate cancer, are eligible to participate. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling Somerset Medical Center’s Community Health Department at 908-685-2814.
University Medical Center at Princeton (Princeton)
Wednesday, September 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Princeton Healthcare System Community Education & Outreach (731 Alexander Road, Princeton). This meeting of the Prostate Cancer Support Group, will feature a lecture by Connie Pfeiffer, PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, clinical pharmacist of oncology and internal medicine at University Medical Center at Princeton and clinical associate professor at the Ernesto Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Pfeiffer will discuss “An Update on Conventional and Alternative Therapies for Prevention and Treatment of Prostate Cancer.” The support group, which has been in existence since 1991, welcomes those with prostate cancer, their loved ones and family members. Meetings take place the fourth Wednesday of each month alternating between lectures by PHCS physicians and open discussion. No registration is required.
Thursday, September 24, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the University Medical Center at Princeton’s Clinic Medical Arts Building: Suite B. (253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton). The University Medical Center at Princeton will offer free prostate cancer screenings, regardless of insurance or ability to pay, for men age 50 and older and men 40 and over who are African American or have a family history of prostate cancer. The screening process includes a digital rectal exam by a board certified urologist, as well as the PSA blood test. Educational materials will be made available as well as light refreshments. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 888-897-8979.
About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is dedicated to improving the prevention, detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a center of excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. To support CINJ, please call the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation at 1-888-333-CINJ.
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, Cooper University Hospital*, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate