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The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState Offers Pancreatic Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

By |2022-06-20T12:07:01-04:00April 19th, 2022|

The Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState now offers pancreatic cancer screening for individuals whose family history puts them at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer screenings hold great promise in earlier diagnosis, at a stage when the cancer is more treatable. It is seldom detected early because there are very few symptoms associated with it until it has spread to other organs.

To be eligible for the screening, prospective patients must have two or more first-degree relatives, such as a parent, sibling, or child who had pancreatic cancer, or have one first-degree relative who had pancreatic cancer and have a known genetic mutation that may cause it, such as the BRCA gene.

“Early detection is important for any type of cancer, and now there is an option for pancreatic screenings for these high-risk individuals.” says Dr. Alexander Itskovich, Medical Director of the Statesir Cancer Center at CentraState. “Patients who don’t know their genetic backgrounds may be referred for genetic testing to determine if they would benefit from the screening.”

Those who are deemed eligible get a complete medical screening and a non-invasive scan to determine if cancer may be present.

Most health insurance providers cover genetic testing when ordered by a physician; prospective patients should check on their coverage to determine coverage. For more information call 732-308-4202 option 2.

ABOUT CENTRASTATE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

CentraState Healthcare System, a partner of Atlantic Health System, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit, community-based health system that provides comprehensive health services in the central New Jersey region. In addition to offering a full range of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options, CentraState serves as a valuable health partner focused on the latest ways to prevent disease, promote healthy behaviors, and help people of all ages live life well. Based in Freehold, CentraState is comprised of a 284-bed acute-care hospital, a vibrant health and wellness campus, three award-winning senior living communities, a charitable foundation, and four convenient satellite health pavilions. The system also offers a family medicine residency and geriatric fellowship training program in affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Among its many honors and accreditations, CentraState is one of less than two percent of hospitals nationwide to earn Magnet® designation for nursing excellence four times. To learn more, visit centrastate.com.

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