Cancer Treatment and Services in South Jersey
Cancer begins when cells in the body start to grow abnormally, invade adjacent tissues and sometimes spread to other areas of the body. These are malignant properties of cancer and are different than benign tumors, which do not spread or “metastasize.” Oncology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer.
There are more than 100 types of cancer, affecting different parts of the body. Various types of cancer can behave differently and have their own causes, symptoms and methods of treatment. Prostate cancer and lung cancer, for example, are different, spreading at varying rates and responding to distinctive treatments.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly half of all men and a little over one third of all women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime.
Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program
Virtua collaborates with Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia to provide preventative, diagnostic and treatment services through the Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program. The program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer — and received the Commission’s Outstanding Achievement Award for a cancer program.
The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program consists of an Oncology Panel of doctors that has been recognized by the Fox Chase Cancer Center and must meet Fox Chase's high standards. The Oncology Panel is board certified, practice medicine in a prescribed way, participate in quality assurance audits and attend continuing education programs.
The Virtua Fox Chase Cancer Program's highly integrated team of oncology specialists is dedicated to providing individualized, state-of-the-art treatment – and personalized supportive care – to patients with many types of cancer.
Individualized Cancer Treatment Services
Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan, incorporating the most advanced diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as:
- Minimally invasive biopsies and surgical treatments
- Digital mammography
- Medical oncology – including state-of-the-art chemotherapy agents and techniques
- Biologic therapy (immunotherapy) such as monoclonal antibodies, vaccines and gene therapy
- International, national and regional clinical trials for almost every type of cancer
The program delivers the following cancer clinical services:
In addition, cancer specialists attend multidisciplinary cancer conferences. Surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, cancer genetic specialists, nurse navigators, clinical oncology social workers, research staff, and oncology nurses specializing in cancer care attend these multidisciplinary meetings, which are forums to discuss treatment options and planning for newly diagnosed cancer patients.