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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Hosts 16th Annual Cancer Survivor Luncheon


Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Hosts 16th Annual Cancer Survivor Luncheon One of NJ’s Longest Living Cancer Patients Addresses More than 400 Survivors Cohen Cancer Center was the First Hospital Based Cancer Center in NJ

2013 Cancer Survivor Luncheon

NEWARK, New Jersey- July 8, 2013- More than 400 cancer survivors and their family members from Newark, Essex County and the region, recently celebrated life at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s 16th annual Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life luncheon. The theme for this year was “Seize the Moment.”

Every June, NBIMC’s Frederick B. Cohen, MD Comprehensive Cancer & Blood Disorders Center celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day by hosting the luncheon and to highlight four major points: 1) To celebrate the survivor, 2) To inspire the newly diagnosed, 3) To support caregivers and 4) To educate and conduct outreach to the greater community.

“The Survivor Luncheon is held to celebrate life and to give our patients an opportunity to spend time with their physicians and fellow patients, outside of the hospital environment,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. “The luncheon also gives us an opportunity to thank Cohen Center patients for entrusting their care and their health to us at The Beth.”

Joining in the celebration was 89 year old Esther Kaufogiens, a 50 year cancer survivor. Mrs. Kaufogiens said, “Being a survivor means I raised my children and enjoy every day to the fullest, never giving up.” Mrs. Kaufogiens, a two-time cancer survivor and the mother of two, will turn 90 next month. She said a positive attitude and continued support from her family and the great medical care she has received over the last 50 years are two of the primary reasons why she continues to live and enjoy life today. She said, “I had confidence in my excellent surgeon who worked at Beth Israel Medical Center. I received excellent and compassionate care,” especially from Dr. Fred Cohen, who was the first physician to treat me 50 years ago and today from Dr. Maya Shah.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is home to the first hospital based cancer center. Dr. Fred Cohen opened the center 50 years ago. Today, Dr. Cohen’s daughter, Dr. Alice J. Cohen directs the Cohen Cancer Center. Mrs. Kaufogiens said, “The Cohen Cancer Center is a wonderful cancer center that continues to help many patients.”

Dr. Alice J. Cohen said, “At the Cohen Center, our goal is early diagnosis and treatment. We see thousands of cancer patients every year; including 150 new breasts and 150 new lung cancer cases every year – our goal is to continue to provide outreach and education on breast health and overall healthy living and to reduce the incidence of cancer.” Dr. Cohen thanked Diann Boyd, RN, BSN, OCN, Clinical Nurse Manager and Aida Chiles, Luncheon Chairperson and Administrative Coordinator, both for the Cohen Center for their work with clinical care and keeping survivors and their families engaged on the road to the best health possible.”

Immediately following Mrs. Kaufogiens presentation, as in past years, the lights in the ballroom of more than 400 people were dimmed and cancer survivors for 1 to 5 to 10 years – all the way up to 50 year survivor, Mrs. Kaufogiens, gathered in the center of the ballroom where their candle of life was lit to celebrate their life.

About NBIMC - Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is fifth in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Saint Barnabas Health Care System affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

About CHoNJ - Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Barnabas Health, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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