Free Event for Patients, Caregivers and Medical Community Proves
There is HOPE for Patients with Liver Cancer
YES! Beat Liver Tumors, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of patients diagnosed with primary or metastatic liver tumors, will co-sponsor a patient and caregiver event in conjunction with Saint Barnabas Medical Center at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27 at the Barnabas Health Corporate Office, located at 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, N.J. The program is designed to offer options, resources, support and hope for those whose cancer has metastasized.
This program represents one of numerous community and educational activities sponsored by The Saint Barnabas Cancer Centers, which offers a unique approach to cancer care. In addition to offering the region's most advanced cancer-fighting technology, its board-certified oncologists and subspecialists have extensive training and credentials from prestigious facilities across the country, bringing to Saint Barnabas the best our country has to offer for the clinical research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Psychosocial support and community educational programs are among the most extensive in the state.
Through the upcoming patient and caregiver event, YES! advocates are working with cancer specialists from the Saint Barnabas Cancer Program to raise awareness for liver and other tumor treatment options in Northern New Jersey.
"Every year more than 200,000 Americans are diagnosed with liver tumors, and many are told, as I was, to get their affairs in order," said Suzanne Lindley, co-founder and executive director of YES! and a 16-year cancer survivor. "We want to let patients and physicians know there are treatment options available – liver tumors, and other tumors that have spread, are no longer a death sentence."
This educational series, offered at medical centers across the country, is designed to provide patients and caregivers the opportunity to hear Lindley's empowering story that there is hope despite a devastating diagnosis. Joining Lindley, from Saint Barnabas Medical Center, are medical oncologist Delia Radovich, M.D.; radiation oncologist Raquel Wagman, M.D.; surgical oncologist Ronald Chamberlain, M.D. and interventional radiologist Neil McCarthy, M.D.
The presenters and panelists will discuss emerging therapies being offered in their multidisciplinary approach to care, such as Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) using yttrium-90 microspheres that directly target liver tumors while sparing healthy liver tissue.
"This event will give patients in our area a great opportunity to hear Suzanne's inspirational survival story and learn more about treatment options for cancer that has spread," said Dr. McCarthy. "At Saint Barnabas Medical Center, we are using some of the latest therapies available to treat metastasized tumors, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to share this information with patients, their families and the community."
For more information on the free event, or to register, please call Angela McCabe, LCSW, OSW-C., at 973-322-2671. Please leave your name, phone number twice, and the date and name of the program you are signing up for. A confirmation will be provided.
For more information about The Gastrointestinal Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, please call 973-322-9797.
YES! is a grassroots organization that was created out of the need to provide cancer patients with experience and insight that can increase the treatment possibilities available for those who have liver involvement. It is made up of survivors who have undergone targeted therapy for liver metastases (cancer that has spread to the liver) or hepatocellular (liver) cancer. We are an organization dedicated to sharing timely and reliable information. We hope this sharing enables informed choices regarding treatment and recovery. We ultimately strive to enhance the quality of life for all of those affected by liver related tumors. For more information visit www.BeatLiverTumors.org or call the Survivor Line at 877-937-7478.
About Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey's oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital has worked to exceed our community's highest expectation for compassionate, comprehensive health care. Our award-winning, institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,500 inpatients and over 90,000 adult and pediatric Emergency Department patients each year. Together, the Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services to more than 300,000 outpatients annually. To learn more about the Saint Barnabas Cancer Program please visit barnabashealth.org/sbmccancer.