Penn Medicine Princeton Health Cancer Center

The Penn Medicine Princeton Health Cancer Center at Princeton Medical Center (PMC) provides cutting-edge services and offers patients high quality clinical care and compassionate support in a modern, yet warm, setting. The center gives patients full access to the specialized clinical services, rehabilitative care, and support they need during treatment and recovery from cancer.

SaveOur multidisciplinary team includes exceptional board certified oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, and physicians in other specialties, as well as nurses, oncology nurse navigators, and others who contribute to a complete continuum of patient care. 

As part of Penn Medicine, our experts work with teams at the Abramson Cancer Center, a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education, to provide access to advanced diagnosis and treatment.


Advanced & Compassionate Multidisciplinary Care 

The Princeton Health Cancer Center is designed to provide outstanding care. 

From the very start, patients can expect personal attention from an exceptional, multidisciplinary team that is involved in every aspect of their care. The team includes board certified physicians, including medical and radiation oncologists; surgeons; radiologists and pathologists. The center is also home to nationally-recognized and certified oncology infusion nurses, dedicated nurse manager and certified oncology nurse navigators and oncology educators. The care team is further supported by a variety of experts in pharmacy, nutrition, financial counseling, social work and other areas that contribute to our personalized, compassionate approach to care.

Our program emphasizes providing the personalized care of a community hospital with the advances of a world-class teaching facility. We also provide a full continuum of support services. 

Every element of patient care, including patient services, amenities, and décor is designed to promote comfort and healing:

  • Weekly cancer conferences are held with a multidisciplinary team of physicians who review National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines, along with the radiology, pathology and treatment plans for cases presented. A separate Weekly Breast Conference is held to review NCCN guidelines, along with the radiology, pathology and treatment plans for breast cancer cases.These weekly conferences are designed to ensure the most appropriate, personalized care is provided to all cancer patients.
  • Patients have opportunities to participate in clinical research treatment and prevention trials. Click here to learn more about clinical trials. 
  • The JoAnn Heffernan Heisen Infusion Therapy Suite, which faces the serene Punia Family Healing Garden, offers chemotherapy patients 19 treatment stations with recliners that have individually controlled heat and built-in massage. The suite includes a private patient room. Click here to learn more about the Infusion Therapy Suite.

We emphasize providing care in a comfortable and comforting environment, giving patients and family members the encouragement they need, every step of the way. 

  • Experienced oncology nurse navigators are available to guide and support patients and families throughout treatment and into survivorship. Click here to learn more about Navigation Services
  • Exceptional patient satisfaction scores through Press Ganey, the healthcare industry’s leading performance measurement and improvement firm, continually rank the Cancer Center in the high 90th percentile.

Advanced Diagnostic & Treatment Tools

We provide top quality comprehensive care close to home, using many of the latest advances in technology and science. Our radiation oncologists also have an array of equipment that allows them to perform radioactive seed implants in selected patients with a variety of tumors, including prostate, breast, and gynecological cancers.

Visit the Radiation Treatment Techniques page to learn more. 

The center also offers direct access to state-of-the-art imaging and pathology services that help enhance treatment through fast and accurate diagnosis of disease. These services include endoscopic ultrasound, a procedure that enables physicians to see tumors and masses in the gastrointestinal tract and around the lungs, resulting in improved diagnosis and treatment.

The medical treatment that a patient receives is determined by the type, size, and location of the cancer tumor(s). In some cases, specific genetic changes in the tumor may also determine the best type of treatment. 

Our medical oncologists prescribe a variety of treatments, often in combination, to treat cancer, including:

  • Chemotherapy treatment, in which are drugs used to kill cancer cells.
  • Immunotherapy treatment, which helps the immune system fight cancer.
  • Targeted therapy, which targets changes in cancer cells that help them grow, divide and spread.
  • Hormone therapy, which slows or stops the growth of breast and prostate cancer.

If surgery is recommended as part of the treatment plan, our comprehensive surgical services include operating suites that are equipped with advanced technology to help promote patient safety and comfort. This includes:

  • The da Vinci Surgical System®, a revolutionary robotic technology, provides patients with options for minimally invasive surgical procedures resulting in significantly less pain, less scarring, shorter recovery time, faster return to normal daily activities, and, in many cases, better clinical outcomes.

Your Multidisciplinary Treatment Team

Coordinated care is provided for each patient by a multidisciplinary team that includes: 

  • Board certified physicians, including medical and radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and palliative care physicians.
  • Oncology Certified nurse navigators who help guide patients through diagnosis and treatment and into wellness. 
  • Nationally recognized and certified oncology and infusion nurses.
  • Pharmacists with board certification in oncology and pharmacotherapy, staffing an on-site cancer pharmacy.
  • A survivorship coordinator, who provides a cancer treatment summary and survivorship care plan to patients who complete treatment. 
  • Registered and certified radiology technicians and laboratory professionals.
  • A registered dietitian, board certified in oncology nutrition.
  • A licensed clinical social worker with specialty certification in oncology social work.
  • An oncology financial navigator.
  • Chaplains and volunteers.

*Our certified oncology nursing staff has received national recognition from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.

 

The center provides the latest advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies in one patient-centered location, together with comprehensive supportive services, which include:

A Full Continuum of Care

Princeton Health offers a full continuum of support for all of your health and wellness needs, including:


Support Services

Working alongside your treatment team is a comprehensive support care team to help you, your caregivers, and your family manage the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment. These services are complimentary for patients receiving their treatment at the Princeton Health Cancer Center.

Visit this page to learn more about Support Services. 

 


Outreach & Awareness

Princeton Health is an outreach partner of  the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Our outreach includes:

  • Complementary Medicine Programs 
  • Support groups
  • Free or low cost screenings
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Psychosocial support

 


Affiliations & Recognitions

Princeton Medical Center (PMC) is helping to define new standards in cancer care while supporting national efforts to find a cure. Combining advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies with a dedicated treatment team of cancer experts, PMC's cancer services have received national recognition, including:

  • Accreditation as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), which is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with cancer. CoC accreditation recognizes programs that provide comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient-centered care.
  • Full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons to improve quality of care and monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast. Less than one-quarter of acute care hospitals in the state of New Jersey have received this accreditation.
  • Designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Only five percent of breast imaging facilities nationwide have achieved this designation, a status granted to centers that have achieved high standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, equipment, quality control and quality assurance programs.
  • Full accreditation by the American College of Radiology, which is granted to programs that have met standards indicative of quality practice.

As part of Penn Medicine, our experts work with teams at the Abramson Cancer Center, a world leader in cancer research, patient care, and education, to provide access to advanced diagnosis and treatment.