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March 2017
The latest news on research, treatment, prevention and education from the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
Thomas Jang, MD, MPH

Finding New Methods to Help Testicular Cancer Patients with Surgical Recovery

A drug given to reduce the side effects of post-surgery pain medications resulting in a reduced length of hospital stay for patients who have undergone major gastrointestinal or bladder cancer procedures is found to have similar benefit for some patients undergoing surgery for testicular cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey urologic oncologist Thomas Jang, MD, MPH, who is also an assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explored the impact of alvimopan in those patients who underwent the procedure known as retroperitoneal lymph node dissection.

Top Docs

'Tops' in Women's Health

Several physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute have earned recognition as a 'Top Doctor for Women's Health' by Inside Jersey magazine. Under the direction of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., peer nominations were assessed by a physician-led research team. Attributes considered include board certification, medical education, training, hospital appointments and more. Thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals from across the state were asked to take part in the nomination process, resulting in the selection of the doctors for this year's honor.

Banta and Kriegel

Caring for the Caregiver

During cancer treatment, the main focus tends to be on the patient. However, a cancer diagnosis affects the entire family, including caregivers, whose needs often can be overlooked. During this Social Work Month, members of Rutgers Cancer Institute Social Work Department share some insight and tips on how caregivers can keep their bodies and minds healthy in order to provide the best support for the patient.

Cancer Support Community

Partnering to Enhance Patient Support Services

Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have partnered to expand access to psychosocial support services for patients and families served at Rutgers Cancer Institute's New Brunswick location. The aim of this enhanced relationship is to grow the breadth of patient support services available onsite at Rutgers Cancer Institute.

Kim M. Hirshfield, MD, PhD

Navigating a Career Path to Help those with Breast Cancer

Rutgers Cancer Institute medical oncologist Kim M. Hirshfield, MD, PhD, who is a member of the institute's Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center, devotes her time to treating breast cancer patients and studying the biological intricacies of the many types of this disease. But Dr. Hirshfield, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and former Susan G. Komen fellow, almost bypassed the oncology field completely.