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Cancer Caregiving in New Jersey

Supporting cancer patients & their loved ones

In cancer care, it is just as important to address the emotional needs of the patients and loved ones as it to treat the disease itself. A serious disease like this can shake someone’s worldview, and it can be easy to fall into depression. Remaining positive during these times is important. Stress makes it harder for the body to relax and heal, and more than that, it makes it harder to get through the day in general. Trying to talk yourself into staying positive is not easy—it’s a joint effort that can go much farther when you have a strong support system.

At RWJBarnabas Health, we provide training for cancer caregiving and provide our patients with the support they need. Whether you have been diagnosed with cancer or are trying to help a loved one, this is not a journey you need to make alone.

Who are cancer caregivers and what do they do?

In many cases, caregivers are not medical professionals; they are close friends or family of the patient who serve as their partner through treatment. We help people who want to be caregivers learn more about what the responsibilities entail and how they can help their loved one. This can be a challenging and emotionally demanding role, but one that can make a huge difference in the life of the patient.

Some of the responsibilities of a cancer caregiver may include:

  • Providing medication
  • Managing side effects
  • Keeping track of the patient’s condition and difficulties
  • Helping patients schedule and arrive at their doctor appointments
  • Making sure the patient has access to the doctor-recommended diet
  • Making sure the patient receives enough rest
  • Generally taking care of details and chores so patients can focus on healing

A benefit of having a close loved one take on this role is that they can continue the caregiving at the patient’s own home, allowing them to receive compassionate care in a comfortable setting from a familiar, trusted face.

We are here to help

Being a caregiver is not easy. It requires a lot from you, both physically and emotionally. Remember, just like you are there for your loved one, we are here for you. Our cancer care team does this work on a daily basis. We know how stressful and overwhelming this can be, and we are here to help you through it. If you need help caring for your loved one, or just need someone to talk to, the compassionate team at RWJBarnabas Health is ready to stand by your side.

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Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-2465
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at RWJUH
200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
Hamilton, NJ 08690
(609) 586-7900
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Livingston
200 South Orange Avenue
Suite 102
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7020
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7700
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Medical Specialty Services at Bayonne
16 East 29th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
(973) 926-7280
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Howell
4013 Route 9
Suite 2S
Howell, NJ 07731
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Lakewood
600 River Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 923-7700
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The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Colts Neck
310 Route 34 South
Second Floor
Colts Neck, NJ 07722
(732) 923-7700
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Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center
377 Jersey Avenue
Ground Floor, Medical Office Building
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(877) 393-5374
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Westfield
560 Springfield Ave
Westfield, NJ 07090
(973) 322-7020
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Center for Breast Health and Disease Management - Metuchen
173 Essex Ave
Metuchen, NJ 08840
(732) 494-0415
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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
125 Paterson Street.
Clinical Academic Building (CAB)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-6200
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Eric B. Chandler Health Center at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
277 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-6700
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Eric B. Chandler Health Center Church St. Annex
123 Church Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 235-2052
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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group at Monroe
800 Bunn Drive
Suite 303
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 655-5178
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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group
18 Centre Drive
Clinical Academic Building (CAB)
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(609) 655-5178
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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Hamilton
2575 Klockner Road
Hamilton Township, NJ 08691
(609) 631-6960
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Monmouth Medical Center Outpatient Infusion Center
100 State Route 36 West
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
(732) 923-6575
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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The Family Health Center (FHC) at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
166 Lyons Avenue
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7300
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Community Medical Center Women's Imaging Center - Toms River
368 Lakehurst Rd
1st Floor
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8146
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RWJUH Lab Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
195 Little Albany Street
First Floor
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 937-8588
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The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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