Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey University Hospital Resources
Serving the residents of Newark, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital’s goal is to improve outcomes for patients and their families impacted by cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital is home to a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who work together to provide patients with the most advanced Medical, Surgical, and Orthopedics oncology services available, including nutritional consults, as well as speech, physical and occupational therapy.
Social Work Services
Working as part of a multidisciplinary oncology team, a variety of services are offered that includes, but is not limited to: assisting patients through the continuum of the diagnosis treatment, survivorship, hospice and end of life planning therapeutic support, intervention linkage to resources, as well as addressing the psychosocial needs of all patients.
Tobacco Dependence Program
Free individual and group counseling are available for any cancer patient interested in quitting smoking. Certified tobacco treatment specialist will help with expertise, advice and guidance on how to quit smoking and tobacco use.
Pastoral Care services from various denominations are available for patients and their families 24 hours a day upon request. Arrangements can be made for a visit. In addition, Pastoral Care Volunteers make daily visits to patient areas. The Chapel, which is located in the main hospital, is open to patients and their families 24 hours a day. A schedule of religious services is made available in the chapel.
Pain Management Clinic employs an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life for those living with chronic pain. The team’s focus is on treating pain that has been resistant to conservative remedies using pharmacologic measures and interventional procedures.
Offers comfort, support and compassionate care for indicated symptoms during any stage of disease or illness process/progression. Palliative care can be offered concurrently with curative treatments.
A survivorship program coordinator leads a committee who develops programs and other services to meet the specific needs of cancer survivors.
Cancer Screening Services
University Hospital’s mobile mammography unit, offers mammogram services to employees throughout New Jersey at various corporate sites. In addition, through partnership with the New Jersey Medical School S.A.V.E. program, it offers free breast, cervical, prostate and colorectal cancer screening services to the uninsured in Essex County. ScreenNJ offers several screening tests for the early detection of colorectal cancer and lung cancer for current or former smokers.
Support groups provide a forum to discuss cancer-related issues that are impacting the lives of patients and their families. Groups provide a supportive atmosphere to share feelings, questions and concerns with other cancer patients and their families. All of the groups are professionally led by a qualified social work staff.
Licensed genetic counselors are available to provide cancer genetic counseling services. Providers identify patients who may benefit from genetic counseling, based on a personal and/or family history of cancer, and refer to genetic counseling for risk assessment and an in-depth discussion on genetic testing. The genetic counselors reviews medical and family history, orders appropriate genetic testing, and provides pre- and post-test counseling. They also coordinate testing for at-risk family members, and provide referrals to specialists as necessary.
Cancer Center Resource Center
University Hospital houses a patient resource and education center in the lobby of the Cancer Center. Patients and members of the community are provided with pamphlets, brochures and other educational material on various health related topics such as cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and more. Models of various organ systems are also provided as a visual aid and access to computers are made available for patient research needs. Patients have the freedom to also use the computers to access a portion of their health records online via MyChart, for review of lab results, medications, appointments dates and immunizations. In the education center, various health workshops and classes are also offered to patients and community members; topics include Fall Prevention, Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop and many more.