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.

Saint Barnabas’ 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 and healing.

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

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