Diagnosis and Treatment
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset's state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff ensure accurate cancer diagnosis. Sophisticated imaging capabilities include computerized tomography (CT) scanning and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). If cancer is present, the center is well equipped to perform a variety of procedures, including:
- chemotherapy administration
- plasma apharesis
- radiation therapy
- administration of biotherapy medications
- pain management
- use of patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps
- complementary medicine
- palliative care
Through its membership in The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is involved in a large number of clinical trials, allowing patients to participate in innovative treatment and prevention research. In addition, the Sanofi US Breast Care Program offers traditional and digital mammography and stereotactic core mammotome biopsy capabilities.
Many factors must be taken into account to develop the best treatment for each patient. Patients and families are part of this process and review the plan with the patient's physician and other members of the Cancer Services Team.
Methods of treatment may include the following:
- Chemotherapy is a treatment option that is provided by nurses or physicians trained in its administration on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Patients are instructed about the drugs given, and every effort is made to minimize or alleviate possible side effects.
- Surgery is an option for some patients, depending on the type, size and location of the disease.
- Biotherapy may be administered as part of the treatment plan. Biotherapy medications impact the immune system and are a recent advancement in cancer therapy.
- Nutritional support therapy also may be part of the treatment program. This may include nutrition supplements, intravenous hyperalimentation fluids or diets high in protein and calories.
- Support services and education