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Treating Esophageal Cancer without Surgery

By |2024-06-14T14:23:36-04:00May 31st, 2024|Categories: Cancer|Tags: |

Esophageal cancer is highly treatable when found at an early stage. At the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState, patients with early-stage esophageal cancer may be eligible for a state-of-the art, non-surgical treatment that allows for a quicker return to work, family, and daily activities. Board-certified thoracic surgeon Igor Brichkov, [...]

Expanding Thoracic Surgery Expertise

By |2024-06-21T12:35:38-04:00April 12th, 2024|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

Leading thoracic surgeon Igor Brichkov, MD, has joined CentraState Healthcare System, expanding access to the latest procedures for lung and esophageal cancers and benign conditions. Dr. Brichkov is board-certified in thoracic surgery and fellowship-trained in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. “New procedures are available to treat many thoracic conditions, and I’m [...]

Back on Pace After a Complex Tumor Surgery for Sarcoma

By |2024-06-24T13:33:32-04:00January 19th, 2024|Categories: Cancer, Health A-Z, Patient Stories|Tags: , , |

When Maria Rotella felt a lump on the back of her left thigh, she was concerned about a blood clot and went to urgent care. The initial diagnosis was a lipoma, a harmless, fatty tumor. The 83-year-old Perth Amboy resident didn’t think much about it for several months – [...]

Highly Specialized Liver Cancer Surgery Eases Recovery

By |2023-05-04T11:04:14-04:00May 1st, 2023|Categories: Cancer|Tags: |

CentraState is one of just a few healthcare systems in the state to remove liver cancer through minimally invasive surgery – and this specialized approach benefits patients of all ages. Just ask Ernest Tripetsky.Last year, the 86-year-old Manalapan resident – who had prior surgeries at CentraState for bladder cancer and [...]

Three Facts About Thyroid Nodules

By |2023-05-01T11:06:18-04:00May 1st, 2023|Categories: Cancer, Health A-Z|Tags: , |

What do Sofia Vergara, Rod Stewart, Joe Piscopo, Jennifer Grey, Daymond John and approximately 50 percent of American adults have in common? They’ve all had thyroid nodules. “Thanks to increased awareness and improved diagnostic imaging, we’re able to detect thyroid nodules more often,” explains Alexander Shifrin, MD, surgical director of [...]

A Complex, Lifesaving Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer

By |2023-01-06T12:14:53-05:00January 11th, 2023|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

Pancreatic cancer is often challenging to treat, because later detection can limit treatment options. But a complex surgical intervention called the Whipple procedure can be a very real lifeline for patients with certain types of pancreatic cancer – and these and other advanced cancer surgeries are being performed at [...]

High Risk Breast Cancer Program Facilitates Early Detection

By |2024-04-16T15:30:10-04:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: Cancer, Women’s Health|Tags: , , |

Are you at high risk for developing breast cancer? A mammogram at CentraState can help you find out. Clinicians at the Star and Barry Tobias Women’s Health Center and the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState are working to identify women at highest risk so they can prevent breast cancer [...]

Surviving Breast Cancer Swimmingly

By |2023-01-05T16:39:48-05:00January 9th, 2023|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , |

Nancy Pollio of Freehold first turned to swimming for solace in the wake of her husband’s passing in 2014. She joined the CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center and goes three to four times a week to swim, sweat, and lift. The center’s team and the friends she’s gained there [...]


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