ELIZABETH — The Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center has joined the Philadelphia-based Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network, officials from both institutions announced recently.
“The Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center is an outstanding addition to the Kimmel Cancer Center Network,” says Leonard Gomella, MD, Chair of the Department of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University and clinical director of the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network. “Trinitas has a proven commitment to a high quality multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.”
“We are pleased to become part of the Kimmel Cancer Center Network,” states Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary S. Horan, FACHE, adding, “Partnering with such a prestigious academic medical center and cancer care network allows us access to top-notch expertise and research that will directly benefit our patients.”
Those benefits to patients served by Trinitas are many, notes Barry Levinson, MD, Medical Director of the Cancer Center. “Through this affiliation, we’ll have access to all of Jefferson’s treatment studies and we will be able to choose to open those studies that best match our patient population. In addition, Trinitas will become a member of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) through Jefferson. We’ll have access to all of their studies as well,” he adds. Trinitas oncologists plan to open four new treatment trials this year, according to Dr. Levinson.
The interdisciplinary team of highly skilled professionals at Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center works with each patient to develop a comprehensive approach to care that encompasses the latest diagnostic and treatment options, medical technology, clinical trials and integrative therapy. Approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Trinitas was the first cancer center in New Jersey to offer patients the advanced Varian RapidArc radiation system, which significantly reduces radiation treatment time. Trinitas was also the first in the state to offer the new AccuBoost radiation treatment for breast cancer patients.
Trinitas’ cancer care team consists of all-board certified hematologists, surgeons, and medical and radiation oncologists, who work together with highly-skilled physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dosimetrists, physicists, radiation therapy technologists, and registered nurses. This team specializes in all aspects of cancer treatment, including prostate, breast, lung, colorectal, head and neck, gynecological, multiple myeloma, leukemia and other hematological disorders. Since 2007, Trinitas has participated in a Radiation Therapy Oncology Group research affiliation through the Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center.
The Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Network is a consortium of institutions dedicated to improving cancer care and increasing clinical research. It supports the cancer programs of its members through education, information, research, and cancer program development. Kimmel Cancer Center is an NCI-designated clinical cancer center and was ranked 20th in the 2012 U.S. News and World Report ranking of top cancer hospitals in the United States. The Kimmel Cancer Center is the cornerstone of the network, which operates the Jefferson Oncology Group (JOG). JOG is a cooperative program to enhance clinical and translational cancer research, including clinical trial development.
The Kimmel Cancer Center is a member of several national research groups, including the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP).
For more information about Trinitas Comprehensive Cancer Center, visit www.TrinitasCancerCenter.org.
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