Cancer Center - Don's Story
For friends and family like Don Pannacciulli of Watchung, cancer is not
something we plan for. But, when the diagnosis is cancer, Saint Barnabas
Medical Center is home to expert, compassionate oncology care.
From screenings to promote early cancer detection to the most advanced
treatment options and follow-up care, Mr. Pannacciulli trusted his health
to Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
In his words…
“A friend urged me to have a free lung cancer screening at Saint Barnabas
Medical Center, and I resisted. After all, I had quit smoking years ago
and I felt great. But when my wife Karen insisted, I had the screening.
A few days later, I received a call from the doctor. There was good news—
my lungs were clear. But there was something else — the CT scan
showed a 1.8 centimeter mass on my thyroid. The mass was early stage cancer.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center saved my life. There is nowhere else I would
rather receive care.”
The Cancer Centers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center are dedicated to providing
the very best oncology care in a warm, healing environment. Our highly-trained,
board-certified oncologists personalize treatment for every patient. Our
oncology team focuses on each patient to help them understand their illness,
their treatment plan, and the options available to fight cancer.
Early Lung Cancer Action Program is just one of many free screenings offered throughout RWJBarnabas Health
to promote cancer detection and treatment. Mr. Pannacciulli’s free
screening identified an unexpected health crisis and also offered hope
He goes on to say...
“Saint Barnabas Medical Center is close to home providing health care services
like the one that saved my life. Now I am on a mission to encourage others
to get screened. If the test is negative, you have peace of mind, but
if it is positive, you are able to catch and treat the disease earlier.”
The Cancer Centers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center offer some of the region’s most advanced cancer fighting technology
and treatment. Combined with compassionate, personalized treatment, your
family becomes ours.
Michael Scoppetuolo, MD
Stories like Don's are made possible in part thanks to generous donations
to the Cancer Center. As a nonprofit organization, Saint Barnabas Medical
Center relies on your support to continue giving the best care to our patients.