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July 2016
The latest news on research, treatment, prevention and education from the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
Top Docs

Rutgers Cancer Institute Oncologists Named 'Top Docs' in 2016 Listing

Several physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named as a 'Top Doctor for Cancer Care' by Inside Jersey magazine. Each year, the magazine releases a list of the state's top physicians for cancer care in conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Based on peer surveys, attributes such as board certification, clinical skills, training, years in practice, and other criteria are reviewed and assessed by a physician-led research team.

Mehnert

Fighting Advanced Thyroid Cancer with Immunotherapy

As the chance of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has risen in recent years, Janice M. Mehnert, MD, director of the Phase I and Developmental Therapeutics Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and colleagues are exploring the impact of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab on advanced disease. Results of their work were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting last month.

Manne

Benefits of Couples' Therapy for Breast Cancer Patients Differ Based on Stress Level

Is a couples' support group or an enhanced couples' group therapy intervention with skill instruction more effective for helping women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer? Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Associate Director for Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Science Sharon Manne, PhD, who is also a professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and others shows each has its own benefits depending on the patient's stress level.

LITE program

Helping Pediatric Cancer Survivors Go 'Beyond the Cure'

An effort by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to educate pediatric cancer survivors about late effects from cancer treatment is receiving a boost from The National Children's Cancer Society in the form of a 'Beyond the Cure' educational survivorship conference grant. The award supported the recent Survivors' Family Education Night, an annual conference held by the LITE Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute, which this year featured interactive presentations on the importance of physical activity and good nutrition for teen and young adult cancer survivors.