Research has shown that some types of cancer are preventable, while others, if detected in early stages, are curable. Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center staff and physicians are committed to educating the public on cancer prevention and early detection through educational offerings and cancer screenings.
Your primary care physician is specifically trained to be your first point of entry into the healthcare system and will be your advocate in coordinating your ongoing healthcare. You and your primary care physician will work — as a team — to meet your medical, physical and emotional healthcare needs.
Your primary care physician provides comprehensive healthcare, routinely monitors your overall health and partners with you to make healthcare decisions. If changes to your medical condition indicate a cancer diagnosis or that you require the care of a specialist, your physician will make recommendations and coordinate your care. We encourage you to communicate regularly with your primary care physician.
Breast, Cervical, Prostate and Colorectal Cancer Screening: Through a grant from the Cancer Education Early Detection Program (CEED), free screening exams for breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer are available to individuals who are without adequate health insurance and who meet eligibility guidelines. The program is sponsored by Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center and funded through a grant awarded by the NJ State Department of Health. For Hunterdon County CEED information or to inquire if you may be eligible, please call (908) 237-5409.
Cancer Prevention Education: As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of the community, our expert clinicians are available to speak to your group, business, school, synagogue, church or organization on a variety of cancer related topics. This free service is designed to educate the community on early detection, prevention research studies, and cancer screening programs. Educational programs also detail how individuals can make lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing cancer, and can practice screening techniques and prevention. To arrange for a speaker to come to your meeting or event, please call (908) 237-6028.
Skin Cancer Screening: Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center offers annual skin cancer screenings and educational sessions. The program, usually held in May, offers screenings by a dermatologist who performs a skin exam to check individuals for early signs of skin cancer or suspicious moles. Anyone not under the care of a dermatologist, and those who have never been examined for skin cancer, are encouraged to attend. Educational sessions are offered to explain the risks of developing skin cancer and to give advice on prevention.
Some families have an inherited predisposition to certain cancers. Breast, colon, ovarian, uterine, pancreatic, prostate, and other cancers can be hereditary. Technological advances in genetics are revolutionizing the way medicine is practiced. Scientists are better understanding how hereditary factors (genes) can influence the risk for cancer.
The Family Risk Assessment Program (FRAP) at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a program designed to help individuals with a family history of certain cancers understand hereditary factors that can influence their risk of cancer. This multi–disciplinary cancer risk assessment and genetic counseling program is open to individuals who are at least 18 years old and have a family history, personal history, or high risk of cancer, and other individuals who are concerned about their risk of cancer.
The Family Risk Assessment Program includes:
- Education about risk factors and familial patterns associated with cancer
- A detailed evaluation of the family history
- A description of cancer screening tests and personalized cancer screening and risk management recommendations
- Instruction in self–examination
- Genetic counseling
- Genetic testing as appropriate
Is Family Risk Assessment Right for You?
You could benefit from cancer risk assessment if:
- You or a family member had cancer before the age of 50.
- You or a family member had cancer more than once.
- There is cancer in at least two generations of your family.
- The cancers in your family suggest a hereditary pattern.
Genetic testing is available for many cancer syndromes, but it is not for everyone. Through the FRAP program at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, participants learn if they are genetically “at risk” and if testing is appropriate or beneficial to them and/or their family members.
A specially trained genetic counselor and advanced practice nurse provide education about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing. They explain the test results, help participants to understand how those results might affect other family members, and discuss risk-reduction options for individuals found to be at increased risk for cancer.
For more information call (908) 788-2535.
Staying fit is especially important for cancer prevention as well as for patients undergoing cancer treatments and those who are recovering after treatment. The Hunterdon Health & Wellness Centers are two premier fitness facilities located in Whitehouse Station and Clinton, New Jersey in Hunterdon County. Members benefit from access to Hunterdon Healthcare staff for guidance in attaining their optimal health. Call to make or confirm an appointment.
Hunterdon Health & Wellness Centers (2 locations)
1783 Route 31N, Suite 103
Clinton, NJ 08809
Whitehouse Station Campus
537 Route 22 East
Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889
Central New Jersey Prostate Network: Empowerment Through Learning Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a member of the Central New Jersey Prostate Network. This is a collaborative between leading area healthcare and service organizations committed to providing education on prostate health issues to men who live in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, and Morris counties. The network brings the best professionals from each organization to provide in-depth and up-to-date education on topics of importance. The meetings also provide an opportunity for men to network around issues relevant to their health. We invite you to attend the quarterly meetings. Hosted by the participating institutions, meetings are rotated throughout the region. Call (908) 237-2337 for more information.
Myron E. Bednar, MDMedical Oncologist
Kenneth B. Blankstein, MDMedical Oncologist
Waqas Rehman, MDMedical Oncologist
Swee Jian Ngeow, MDMedical Oncologist
Megha Shah, MDMedical Oncologist
John Baumann, MDRadiation Oncologist
Andrew Greenberg, MDRadiation Oncologist
Todd Flannery, MDRadiation Oncologist
Edward M. Soffen, MDRadiation Oncologist
Catherine Gleason, MDBreast Surgery
Jennifer A. Montes, MDBreast Surgery
Additional Staff & Specialists
Barbara Tofani, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Samantha Geiger, RN
Nancy Satnowski, RN
Jessica Danik, RN, BSN, CBCN
Barbara Surhoff, PT
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