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About our Services

MDA Oncology & Hematology provides care for blood disorders (hematology) and all stages of cancer treatment (oncology) by board-certified oncologists and hematologists. We offer the latest treatments for adults with all types of cancer. At The Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital a complete range of state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic services are available.

Experts in the fields of oncology, radiology and pathology share patient care to diagnose malignancies, stages of cancers and monitor treatments. MDA Oncology & Hematology Cancer Treatment Center has kept pace with the latest cancer care innovations through weekly Tumor Boards, an essential forum to provide multi-disciplinary consultative cancer care review services for patients.

MDA Oncology & Hematology Services

Pain Management

Our programs provide assistance for patients with cancer or a history of cancer through medical, integrative and procedural therapies. A collaborative approach is utilized between oncologists and the team to effectively diagnose and treat syndromes of cancer pain, allowing patients to heal faster and experience less discomfort. Prescriptions for medical marijuana can be provided for treating the pain and nausea associated with cancer treatment.

Hereditary Risk Assessment

The Hereditary Risk Assessment Program at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center can help assess your cancer risk through personalized consultations with a certified genetic counselor in a private and confidential setting. Designed specifically for individuals and families with histories of cancer, our certified genetic counselor will provide education about the genetics of cancer and assess the likelihood that the cancer(s) in your family are hereditary.

Research

Partnerships with industry and cooperative groups provide Overlook Medical Center with access to the latest clinical trials. Using ground-breaking studies to drive effective, new cancer treatments is the core principle of research at Atlantic Health System Cancer Care. This allows our patients to participate in these studies and receive the newest cancer treatments while helping to further cancer research. For more information contact the Oncology Research Department 908-522-6195.

Cancer Treatment

Cancer Care Options

If cancer treatment is necessary, you can take comfort in knowing our doctors are highly skilled in the latest medical techniques. We offer a variety of non-surgical cancer therapies to halt or reverse cancer growth while preserving healthy tissue. Cancer treatments are provided at our office by our wonderful specialty trained nurses.

MDA Oncology & Hematology at Overlook Medical Center has facilities where patients can receive chemotherapy treatments, blood tests, and treatment for blood cancers and disorders, such as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, in a comfortable setting.

Outpatient Infusion Center

The Infusion Center provides clinical support services to oncology and non-oncology adult patients. Our highly-trained staff certified in oncology nursing and chemotherapy administration, provides:

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy – given prior to a surgical procedure to shrink the tumor.
Adjuvant chemotherapy – given after surgery to destroy any remaining cancerous cells.
Targeted biological therapies.
Blood product administration.
Long-term antibiotic and other intravenous-related treatments.
Personalized education on what to expect during and after treatments.
Immunotherapy - boosts the body's natural defenses to fight cancer.

Medical Oncology

Caring for the Whole Patient

Medical oncology focuses on diagnosing your cancer, developing your treatment plan, and coordinating your overall care. Your medical oncologist is the quarterback of your cancer treatment team, responsible for:

Managing your cancer treatment plan and therapies
Monitoring and evaluating your progress
Collaborating with other medical professionals to determine your treatment options
Consulting with you about your treatment choices and treatment side effects you may experience
Providing medical guidance to help you make informed decisions
Connecting you and your family to support services that meet your educational, emotional, and financial needs
Physician assistants and nurse practitioners may work with your medical oncologist to assist in providing your cancer care

Cancer Care Team

Types of Cancer Treated

We treat a wide range of cancers at MDA Oncology & Hematology including,

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Tumor
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal Cancer
  • Gynecologic Cancers
  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma & Skin Cancer
  • Myeloma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sarcoma
  • Skin cancer
  • Stomach Cancer

Hematology

Blood Disorders and Diseases

Hematology is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders and diseases. A hematologist is a physician who has expertise in diseases of the blood and bone marrow, and treats vascular and clotting problems. Hematologists also treat conditions within the red and white blood cells, platelets, lymph nodes, blood vessels, bone marrow and the spleen. Blood conditions can be benign or malignant.

Pet Therapy

Types of Blood Disorders Treated

We treat a wide range of blood disorders at MDA Oncology & Hematology including,

Anemia - a deficiency of oxygen-rich red blood cells or when your red blood cells do not function properly.
Sickle cell disease - red blood cells are sticky and crescent-shaped instead of round, blocking blood flow.
Aplastic anemia - bone marrow does not create enough new blood cells.
Hemophilia - blood does not properly clot, causing internal bleeding, which damages organs, joints and tissues.
Thrombosis & Hemostasis – conditions related to the proteins that trigger bleeding and clotting.
HIV/AIDs - HIV is a virus that damages the immune system making it easier for you to become sick.
Leukemia - a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.
Lymphoma - a cancer that begins in your lymphocytes, the infection-fighting cells of the immune system.
Malaria - a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, causing fever, chills, and flu-like illness.

On-site Lab

MDA Oncology & Hematology On-site Lab

Blood work can be performed and analyzed by our on-site laboratory and staff. Laboratory tests check a sample of your blood, urine, or body tissues. The test samples are analyzed to see if your results fall within the normal range. What is normal differs from person to person. Many factors can affect test results.

These include

Your sex, age and race

What you eat and drink

Medicines you take

Your doctor may also compare your results to results from previous tests. Lab tests are often part of a routine checkup to look for changes in your health. They also help doctors diagnose medical conditions, plan or evaluate treatments, and monitor diseases.

Nutrition

Nutrition Services for Oncology and Hematology

We recognize that good nutrition is integral to promoting healing and feelings of well-being. A cancer diagnosis and its related treatment may make it difficult for you to maintain proper nutrition. In order to help you remain as healthy as possible, nutritional counseling services are available to assist you with your nutritional and general health needs.

Our nutrition services are provided to you free of charge. In order to maximize the health benefits of proper nutrition and a healthy diet, we encourage you to take advantage of this service. Our dietitian can help customize a nutritional plan specific to your individual needs. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions you would like to have addressed, please contact Oncology Nutritional Counseling at 908-522-5347.

Resources

American Institute for Cancer Research
www.aicr.org
Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Group
www.oncologynutrition.org

Clinical Trials

Cancer Clinical Trials

Our physicians are involved in regional and national research protocols for new cancer treatments. Patients may be offered to participate in clinical trials of the latest and most innovative cancer treatments.

Atlantic Health System Cancer Care has partnered with Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) of Phoenix, Arizona to improve patient access to the most innovative and sophisticated cancer therapies. Through this clinical collaboration, known as the Breakthrough Oncology Accelerator, we have opened multiple early and late-phase clinical trials, available right here in New Jersey.

New drug therapies, including immunotherapies — a treatment method that supercharges the body's own immune system to fight cancer — have revolutionized cancer treatment in the US. These emerging therapies will become first line treatments for many cancers including lung cancer, melanoma and leukemia over the next five years, extending and enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients.