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Cancer Prevention and Control Cancer

Cancer Prevention and Control Cancer is best fought by early diagnosis, timely control – or even outright prevention. At Hackensack University Medical Center, we have programs tailored to defeat disease as early as possible for our patients.

Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care

At the Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care at Hackensack University Medical Center, we believe all women should be treated with respect and dignity.

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Cancer Screenings at Hackensack Meridian Health

Reducing your risk of cancer by avoiding tobacco, maintaining a healthy weight, and using sunscreen are some of the best approaches you can take to protect yourself from cancer. The next best thing to prevention is early detection: finding cancer in its early, most treatable stages.

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The Challenges of Cancer

More than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, including over 48,000 in New Jersey. In addition, there are over 66 million informal caregivers in the United States. These numbers are expected to increase as the population ages. Advances in early detection and treatment have led to better outcomes, with more people surviving cancer than ever before.

However, there are still many challenges that need to be overcome to reduce the burden of cancer in New Jersey and in the United States. We need a greater understanding of ways to reduce or manage cancer risk, as well as new ways to help people get through treatment and have more successful recovery.

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. If you are at increased risk for lung cancer due to a history of smoking, you may be eligible for lung cancer screening.

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Confronting the Challenges

We are learning more about the ways lifestyle factors and genetics influence cancer risk. We need to learn ways to help people make and maintain healthy lifestyle changes. And we need to help them make informed decisions about treatments, tests, and test results, including tests assessing genetic risks. In addition, we understand that cancer impacts the patient as well as those in their support networks.

In a research partnership with investigators at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, researchers in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at John Theurer Cancer Center, part of Hackensack University Medical Center, are conducting studies addressing these challenges.

Our ongoing and recent studies investigate:

  • Factors influencing the quality of cancer survivorship and interventions to improve patients’ and caregivers’ physical and psychological health after cancer.
  • How to use technology to increase patients’ and caregivers’ access to training that can help them manage pain and anxiety.
  • The manner in which people understand, make decisions about, and respond to information from genomic sequencing to understand their health problems and risks.
  • Ways to help people engage in behaviors to protect themselves and their family members from cancer and other health problems.

Innovative Research Collaborations

HMH is contributing environmental health expertise to research collaborations with Georgetown University Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

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The Quit Center

Quitting smoking is challenging, but you don’t have to go it alone. The team of tobacco dependence treatment specialists in Hackensack University Medical Center’s Quit Center is here to help you break the habit.

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