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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, March 2015
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Advancing the Understanding of Surgical Treatment Options for Genitourinary Cancers



Helping to advance scientific and clinical knowledge to combat cancers that affect the bladder, kidneys, urinary tract and male reproductive organs, physician scientists at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey presented their latest research in this area at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology and the Society of Urologic Oncology) last month. At focus were studies examining radical cystectomies and patients with uncontrolled diabetes and a look at how laparoscopic and robotic surgeries have evolved in adrenal cancers.Learn more

Grant Enables Further Exploration of Melanoma Metastasis



Thanks to a recent grant from the National Cancer Institute, melanoma metastasis will be further explored by investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. The work by James S. Goydos, MD, FACS, director of the Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Program at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Suzie Chen, PhD, Cancer Institute member and professor of chemical biology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, will examine a possible correlation between exosome production and biologic response in patients with melanoma.Learn more

Breast Cancer Surgeon Draws from Personal Experience in Advocating for Patients



Tara Balija, MD, will never forget taking her son to a Manhattan hospital 15 years ago and being told by the emergency department physician that she should never come back because she had no health insurance. "I was in shock," said Dr. Balija, a single mother of three who will complete a coveted yearlong breast surgery fellowship at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in June. First featured in Rutgers Today, the story describes Balija's journey in fighting for better patient outcomes.Learn more

Cancer Transition Series Offered



Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is offering a free, six-week series focused on various aspects of cancer survivorship including exercise, nutrition, emotional health and medical management. The Cancer Transitions - Moving Beyond Treatment™ program is for individuals who have completed active treatment one month to two years ago and have no evidence of disease. A spring series will be offered each Thursday, April 23 through May 28.Learn more

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