MMC Offers Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment that Minimizes Radiation Dose to Heart and Lungs

Sang Sim, MDLong Branch, NJ – October 1, 2020 – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

For women undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer, studies have shown that receiving radiation to the breast while lying in the prone, or face down position offers many benefits while delivering the same quality outcomes as the traditional supine position, where women lay flat on their back for radiation treatment. At Monmouth Medical Center (MMC), our skilled radiation oncologists, physicists and therapists trained in this innovative technique are continuing our tradition of offering patients in our community the full range of the most-advanced cancer care treatment options, according to MMC radiation oncologist Sang Sim, M.D.

“This unique approach to treating breast cancer has the patient lying comfortably on her stomach atop a specially designed breast board that keeps the breast hanging away from the body,” Dr. Sim says. “The healthy breast is kept away from the treatment area, minimizing radiation exposure.”

“Our dedicated Radiation Oncologists provide these new technologies to offer women better options for breast cancer treatment, with less risk of side effects,” he adds.

The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center continues to break barriers in cancer care through its state-of-the-art Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology, which has earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology for the quality, safety and appropriateness of its radiation therapy. The hospital’s team of radiation oncologists trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York where they served as chief residents, and they offer a full spectrum of highly advanced technology in the delivery of high-precision radiotherapy that is dramatically helping cancer patients recover faster and with fewer side effects.

Additionally, Monmouth partners with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Together with RWJBarnabas Health, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey provides access to clinical trials not available elsewhere. Information regarding available clinical trials, including those for breast cancer, can be found at cinj.org/clinical-trials.

To learn more, or make an appointment with a breast cancer specialist at Monmouth Medical Center, call 844-CANCERNJ.

About Monmouth Medical Center:
Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures as well as bariatric and joint and spine surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies annually than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the fourth most in the state and was recently one of nine New Jersey hospitals recognized by Newsweek magazine as a top maternity hospital. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and the award-winning, nationally recognized RWJBarnabas heart centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has conferred Magnet® recognition for Monmouth Medical Center as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization. RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside patients, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

CONTACT: Kathy Horan
(732) 546-6317
Kathy.Horan@rwjbh.org