Jan 12, 2024 Transforming Cancer Research and Care

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A major investment will revolutionize cancer treatment and prevention in New Jersey and beyond.

Through groundbreaking research and innovative cancer care, RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have partnered to improve cancer diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Now RWJBH, the state’s largest academic health system, and Rutgers Cancer Institute, the state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, are making a transformative investment in cancer research and care to maximize their impact; expand access to personalized, compassionate patient care; and advance their joint mission to conquer cancer.

Building on an exceptional partnership, the organizations will unite with donors and community partners to invest in state-of-the-art facilities, translational research, sophisticated technologies and nationally recognized faculty, physicians and staff to ensure that individuals have access to the most advanced treatment options close to home.

“We are at an inflection point in cancer, and our joint investment of resources, expertise, time and compassion means we’ll continue to give our patients and their families the care and support they won’t find anywhere else,” says Steven Libutti, MD, FACS, Director of Rutgers Cancer Institute and Senior Vice President of Oncology Services at RWJBH. “Through the research and clinical power of the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, including our NCI Consortium Cancer Center partner, Princeton University, and the healthcare delivery power of the state’s largest academic health system, we will reimagine what a cancer diagnosis means and chart a new path for patients on their journeys to survivorship.”

Setting New Standards

The unprecedented venture will transform the face of cancer treatment and prevention in New Jersey and beyond by:

  • Building new facilities. Capital investment in an integrated network providing comprehensive cancer care is bringing new, state-of-the-art facilities close to home for patients across the region.
  • Recruiting and retaining world-class clinical and academic leaders who will expand research and train the next generation of clinicians.
  • Promoting groundbreaking advances and clinical trials. RWJBH and Rutgers Cancer Institute together lead cutting-edge cancer research that can be translated directly into patient care, delivering life-changing therapies and treatment. Expanded clinical research programs will allow more patients to participate in clinical trials and innovative therapies.
  • Extending access to care by keeping it local while also providing patients with access to a world-class network of physicians and ancillary services. This provides close-to-home access to advanced treatment options such as clinical trials, precision medicine, immunotherapies, complex surgical procedures and sophisticated radiation therapy techniques that are not widely available elsewhere.
  • Enhancing the patient experience by creating a seamless continuum of care—powered by a clinicalnavigation program and holistic wellness resources—to support patients both physically and emotionally through their entire journey from screening to diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship.

“Through our partnership, RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute are translating groundbreaking research into exceptional cancer care for communities across New Jersey,” says Mark E. Manigan, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health. “Together, we’re providing patients with access to a world-class network of physicians, clinical trials and ancillary services that are transforming the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in New Jersey and beyond.”

Join us as RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey change the face of cancer. Visit Transforming Cancer Together.

RWJBarnabas Health, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute—the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center—provides close-to-home access to the most advanced treatment options. Call 844-CANCERNJ or 844-226-2376 or visit cancer services.