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100 Volunteers in a Day to Finish the Fight

100 Volunteers in a Day to Finish the Fight

An amazing thing happened on Friday April 19th, the final day of enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) taking place in Bergen County in partnership with Hackensack University Medical Center and Holy Name Medical Center.  We invited employees and community members to be a part of history and change the course of cancer for future generations…and they answered, coming out in record numbers.

On Friday April 19th alone, in honor of the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday this year, Hackensack University Medical Center enrolled 100 volunteers to help finish the fight.  That’s in addition to the 94… Read More >

Important Updates in Women’s Cancers

Important Updates in Women’s Cancers

Last week, John Theurer Cancer Center hosted its first Women’s Oncology Conference for the Generalist and Gynecologist. Primary care physicians and OBGYN’s are often responsible for the initial diagnosis of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. Our goal was to update our colleagues as to some of the special considerations we take when evaluating and taking care of patients with women’s cancers.

More than 100 physicians and healthcare professionals joined us for this well-received event. Our program’s speakers included myself, my colleagues at John Theurer Cancer Center (Dr. Donna McNamara, Dr. Ami Vaidya, and Dr. Mary Jane Warden), and Dr. John Curtin,… Read More >

Supporting the Supporter - Caregivers’ Support Group

Supporting the Supporter - Caregivers’ Support Group

Each week, in the 8 Pavilion West Conference Room, we set aside a special hour for caregivers of cancer patients.  The group, entitled, SUPPORTING THE SUPPORTER, offers family and friends a regular opportunity to share their fears, frustrations and joys as they help their loved ones navigate an often overwhelming process. Those caring for cancer patients often experience as much or more psychological distress than the patients themselves (Carlson et al, 2000), and, with this knowledge, we realize how important it is to offer a support group specifically for caregivers.

While we know that providing care to someone in need can be a rewarding experience, we also know that it… Read More >

STUPID CANCER NORTH NJ (SCNNJ) HAPPY HOUR!

STUPID CANCER NORTH NJ (SCNNJ) HAPPY HOUR!

STUPID CANCER NORTH NJ (SCNNJ) HAPPY HOUR! September 27th (Thurs.), 7-9pm Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill, 352 West Passaic St, Rochelle Park, NJ

Get connected, meet your peers and join us in supporting young adults in their 20s and 30s affected by cancer at an official "Stupid Cancer Happy Hour", brought to you by your friends over at Stupid Cancer, the nation's largest support community for young adults affected by cancer.

Come out for a different kind of social mixer with no pressure, no judgments, no stigma and—best of all—no sitting around a circle sharing your feelings. Chill out, make friends and hang with folks who… Read More >

Aretha DiSalvo BSN, RN, OCN: Why I Got Into Nursing

Aretha DiSalvo BSN, RN, OCN: Why I Got Into Nursing

I was born in Brooklyn, NY and loved growing up in a city where I was very independent.  After I graduated from high school my family decided to relocate to the "country"...Bergen County, NJ, where we have been ever since.  I did not always know that I wanted to be a nurse but since my career as rock star/ballerina never took off I decided I should enroll at William Paterson College, a little unsure of what my future would hold.  I first tried psychology but I just didn't feel like it was the right fit for me. Then I gave communications a try; however, I wasn't sure what kind of job I would end up with.  I remember distinctly the day when the realization of… Read More >

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