Yoga for Cancer Patients and Survivors
Yoga for cancer patients and survivors will be held on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Oncology Rehabilitation Center. Space is limited. This class is free to anyone in active treatment. All others, $15 per class or four classes for $52. Please contact the Hunterdon Integrative Medicine Program at (908) 788-2572 to register.
Look Good… Feel Better:
This single session program helps women undergoing cancer treatment learn to manage the appearance changes that may occur. A licensed cosmetologist will teach hands-on makeup techniques, as well as skin and nail care. All participants receive an array of complimentary cosmetics and skin care products. The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association Foundation founded this program in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the National Cosmetology Association. It is offered alternating months and is hosted by Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Registration is required; please call 1-800-ACS-2345 for dates and times.
Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community is located in Bedminster, NJ and offers a wide variety of support, educational and mind/body programs for cancer patients and their supports. For more information on programs at the Cancer Support Community, please call (908) 658-5400 or visit their website at http://www.cancersupportcnj.org/.
Of all life’s events, a cancer diagnosis may be one of the most challenging. For many new patients, this is a journey into unfamiliar territory. Countless questions occur, unsolicited emotions arise, and many practical matters require attention.
Your healthcare team at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center includes a licensed clinical social worker who can offer you support and guidance as you cope with the stresses of a cancer diagnosis. Services may include: counseling, education, linkage to community resources, patient advocacy and assistance with employment or insurance concerns, professionally led support programs, instruction on relaxation techniques, and referrals for mind/body services such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga.
Q: Is there a fee for meeting with the social worker?
A: No. Meeting with the social worker is a free service.
Q: How long does a psychosocial assessment take?
A: The assessment usually takes about 30 minutes; however, it can take less time or more time depending on the needs of the patient.
Q: What resources are available to cancer patients?
A: Some possible resources include, but are not limited to, transportation, financial assistance, support groups, educational programs, personal counseling, wellness and fitness referrals, relaxation techniques, wigs and similar accessories, and referrals to other organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.
Q: What do these resources cost?
A: It depends. Some resources require a fee. For example, a private counselor may charge a particular amount of money per session. Other resources are free. For example, support groups are usually free for cancer patients.
The Community Resource Center at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is a free service available to patients, families and all members of the community who have an interest in learning more about cancer.
The Resource Center includes books, audio books, and relaxation and guided imagery CDs. You may browse through these materials conveniently located in the lobby of the cancer center, use them while receiving treatment in the chemo bay, or sign them out through the front desk.
Recognizing the importance of personal appearance and body image in the recovery process of women with cancer, the American Cancer Society, Patient & Family Service Department and Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center have developed and sponsored this program for you. Join us for information on how to select a wig, how to care for your wig and how to style scarves. Free new wigs, a wig kit, and seasonal hats are available to women who are in need and do not have insurance coverage. Pre-registration is required. Please call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345.
Partners In Healing is a group of cancer survivors who volunteer to provide peer support to patients currently undergoing cancer treatment. These men and women receive specialized training to enhance their communication and listening skills.
The objective of this volunteer program is to match a Partners In Healing volunteer with a patient who has a similar diagnosis or who is in similar circumstances. Volunteers visit with patients at Hunterdon Medical Center, outpatients at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, and provide support via telephone.
Patients may request a visit from a Partners In Healing volunteer through their physician, oncology social worker, nurse or any other staff at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.
Part of our full circle of care at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center includes the opportunity for patients to meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), who is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO). Having a dedicated oncology dietitian sets our nutrition program apart, due to the statistic that less than 1% of registered dietitians in the United States have earned this specialty “CSO” certification.
Our oncology population is at a greater risk for malnutrition and decreased immunity when compared to other patient populations. It is for this reason, that all of our patients are screened for key clinical characteristics that flag for malnutrition. Treatment modalities such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery may pose challenges to eating due to varying degrees of possible side effects. It is with pleasure that our dietitian works with our patients to provide nutritional interventions to minimize barriers to eating so that optimal nutritional status may be achieved.
Our dietitian welcomes questions regarding supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and herbal formulations, and is able to help patients navigate safe choices that will do no harm while on active treatment. Time and attention are also given to patients who have questions regarding drinkable calories.
Early and timely nutrition counseling affords our patients to better:
- Tolerate prescribed treatment
- Avoid complications
- Maintain functional status
- Heal from treatment
- Improve quality of life
Dedicated to the full circle of care for our patients, the dietitian also sees patients upon consult, who have completed their course of treatment and transition into survivorship. Optimal nutrition remains a lifetime goal for prevention of recurrent disease and overall health.
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center recently added Oncology Rehabilitation to their menu of services to care for the community. Many patients with a recent cancer diagnosis and those who have gone through or are going through treatment can benefit from oncology rehabilitation. Physical Therapy is here to help people with a cancer diagnosis cope with the early, late, or long-term physical effect of treatment. Using education, manual therapy, and exercise we strive to empower them to maintain and improve their quality of life during and following their treatments.
Oncology rehabilitation helps to alter the effects of treatment. It can improve endurance, strength and joint flexibility, and minimize cancer-related fatigue. It can also address issues such as pain, swelling, peripheral neuropathy and its effects on balance and mobility. Home exercise programs are developed and people are helped to return to their former exercise routine safely.
Patients can be seen before surgery, during and post-treatment to utilize the benefits of oncology rehabilitation. To learn more, call 908-237-6040.
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Hunterdon Medical Center offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic services for adults and children experiencing problems with articulation, language, and swallowing. To make an appointment with the Speech & Hearing Center or for more information regarding our services, call 908-788-6424.
Palliative Care is specialized care that focuses on the whole person. It recognizes that people living with an illness such as cancer need expert symptom management, as well as spiritual and emotional support.
The Palliative Care team works with your physician to relieve physical, emotional and spiritual suffering so you can enjoy the best possible quality of life while dealing with your illness.
The team includes:
- Doctors and Nurse Practitioners who have expertise in managing symptoms such as pain, nausea and shortness of breath.
- A chaplain with certified skills in addressing individual spiritual, religious and emotional needs.
- A social worker with specialized training in patient and family support through counseling, goal setting and linkages to community resources.
Palliative care assists with:
- Symptom management associated with chronic disease. Symptoms may include pain, nausea, depression, anxiety and shortness of breath.
- Address psychological, social and spiritual concerns associated with the physical effects of cancer treatment.
- Act as a patient advocate in assisting with understanding of their disease and choices for medical treatment.
- Collaborate with the medical and radiation oncologist to give each patient a complete comprehensive treatment plan.
- Assist with advanced planning in terms of Advanced Directives and Durable Health Care Proxy desires.
For patients in the hospital, a palliative care consult may be requested by the physician in charge. For outpatients, please call 908-237-7018 to set up an appointment.
As part of its commitment to providing the best in patient care, Hunterdon Medical Center has enhanced its Palliative Care and Pain Management Care programs to incorporate multiple integrative medicine, hospital-based services, including: Reiki therapy, hypnosis, relaxation techniques, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and touch, aromatherapy, exercise and wellness counseling, meditation and mindfulness training, and guided imagery and cognitive restructuring. Other volunteer programs like pet therapy and music and art therapy are available to benefit patient care and recovery as well.
Hunterdon Healthcare has launched an Integrative Medicine Program with two locations in Flemington and one in Lambertville. Services available in Flemington by appointment include acupuncture, massage therapy, nutrition counseling, herbal medicine consultations, and Reiki. Community acupuncture is available in Lambertville. For more information, please call 908-788-2572.
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
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Barbara Tofani, RN, MSN, NEA-BC
Samantha Geiger, RN
Nancy Satnowski, RN
Jessica Danik, RN, BSN, CBCN
Barbara Surhoff, PT
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