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Hackensack Oncological Affiliation


CentraState Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center

Two Leading Cancer Hospitals. One Powerful Combination.

The Cancer Center at CentaState Medical Center and the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center have joined forces. This affiliation unites a leader in community-based cancer care with a nationally recognized cancer center, bringing together top cancer experts, groundbreaking treatments and research, and innovative wellness and survivorship programs that will greatly enhance the lives of our patients and their families. It marks a significant next step for cancer care in New Jersey—providing local access to expanded cancer services and treatment options, and improving the outcome and experience for every cancer patient.  

Enhanced expertise, expanded services—more options.

Expanded pathology services

Pathology plays a critical role in the cancer treatment process. Cancer surgical pathologists provide a specific and comprehensive diagnosis to enable the cancer team to develop an optimal plan of treatment, and, to the extent possible, estimate prognosis. There are hundreds of varieties of tumors, each with a characteristic biology. Tumors also have a course of development and progression that is unique to each patient. Pathologists have to be able to identify and characterize a tumor at any state along that course to allow the most appropriate classification for research, prognosis, and treatment.

CentraState recently named board-certified pathologist and Hackensack Pathology Group physician, Dr. Paul Simon, as medical director of CentraState’s pathology department.  

The Hackensack Pathology Group has 14 board-certified anatomical and clinical pathologists, most with certifications and advanced training in several sub-specialties, including breast, gynecologic and dermatologic pathology. 

To enhance communication, CentraState and HackensackUMC recently installed a telepathology link. This allows pathologists from both hospitals to consult on cases in real time.

Expanded role of primary care

CentraState has created a cancer program in which primary care physicians are an essential part of the cancer team. They help patients and their families in several ways: informing them of the diagnosis, discussing treatment options, providing emotional support and guidance, and teaming with cancer specialists to manage cancer complications and treatment side effects. Primary care physicians also provide ongoing survivorship support through well visits, preventive care, screenings, and health education.

Understanding the important role the primary care physician plays in helping a patient navigate his or her cancer journey, both medical centers are working together to further integrate primary care into cancer services.

When cancer specialists and primary care physicians collaborate, patients experience holistic, comprehensive care. This results in the best possible clinical outcomes, and the best possible quality of life.

Learn more about other cancer services coming soon.

Contact Us

To learn more about the CentraState/Hackensack affiliation or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, call 855-411-CANCER.

If you or a family member have been diagnosed with cancer and are overwhelmed and not sure where to begin, contact CentraState’s Cancer Navigator at 855-411-CANCER. She can help you to sort through your options and provide guidance, resources and support.

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