6 Reasons to Come to MSK Monmouth for Your Cancer Care

By Meredith Begley,

Monday, November 28, 2016

Summary

This winter, MSK will open its second New Jersey outpatient center. Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, located in Middletown Township, will offer many of the same services MSK patients are accustomed to, plus some notable additions.

Highlights
  • MSK Monmouth opens for patients in the winter.
  • People can expect the same MSK care, just closer to home.
  • Many members of the staff have already worked at MSK for years.

Memorial Sloan Kettering has had an active presence in New Jersey for the past 20 years. Now, people in the Garden State have a new option for their cancer care: Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth in Middletown Township, which will open in the winter. MSK Monmouth will offer many of the same services as other MSK locations, just in a location more convenient for residents of central and southern New Jersey, plus Staten Island.

“We are thrilled to open a world-class facility in a marvelous location that is tranquil and convenient for so many of our patients,” says Jason Konner, Chief of Medical Oncology at MSK Monmouth.

The new space is a homecoming of sorts for a number of staffers. “Many members of our team have worked at MSK for years and already live in or near Monmouth County,” he added.

In addition to complementary services like social work, genetic testing, and nutrition counseling, MSK Monmouth will have several features designed to make cancer care easier than ever, including:

A Customized Infusion Experience

Those coming in for weekly chemotherapy, a new immunotherapy treatment, a cutting-edge clinical trial, or any other type of infusion will be cared for in a space that’s private and comfortable and caters to their liking. Patients and their caregivers can adjust the temperature, lighting, and seating as they wish while enjoying sweeping property views, television, internet, refreshments, and other comforts of home.

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Interventional Radiology

This specialized procedure, which uses computer-guided images to precisely pinpoint where medicine should go, used to require a trip into Manhattan. But now, interventional radiology can be performed at MSK Monmouth.

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Rehabilitation Catered to Individual Needs

Our rehabilitative medicine specialists help people handle the side effects and physical changes that can sometimes develop from cancer and its treatment. At our full-service therapy center at MSK Monmouth, MSK physiatrists and members of the therapy team will care for people with any type of cancer who are at any stage of care or survivorship. The space includes private rooms, semi-private areas, and a gym.

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On-site Radiation Treatments

Radiation treatment often requires daily care for weeks at a time. With a facility closer to home, our patients will have more time for what matters most.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth will allow patients who reside in the Jersey Shore area to receive state-of-the-art care closer to home.
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Outpatient Surgeries

Many procedures that once required overnight stays no longer do. Our surgeons will perform a number of outpatient procedures — including biopsies, colonoscopies, and more — at MSK Monmouth so that patients can get back to their routines quickly. Our two operating rooms will be used for head and neck, thoracic, breast, gastric, urologic, gynecologic, and plastic surgeries.

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Advanced Lab Capabilities

All routine blood work will be done on site at MSK Monmouth, which means we can get results quicker, and, as a result, start or change treatment faster. We’ll also perform blood transfusions on site, eliminating the need to go elsewhere.

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Comments

I'm suvivor of lung cancer, I have a big surgery 11 year ego, in the MSK of NY
I'm happy because know is in jersey!
God bless to every one of doctor!

Dear María, we are glad to know that you felt well-cared for by your treatment team at MSK. Thank you for sharing your kind words on our blog.

Can I come in for a second opinion of my current treatment for met breast ca?

Dear Michelle, if you are at a point in your treatment in which you need to make a decision about next steps in your care, you are welcome to make an appointment with one of our specialists for a consultation.

Patient care at our facility in Monmouth County is scheduled to begin on December 12, 2016. Patients who need to be seen prior to December 12 should make an appointment at one of our other locations, such as MSK in Basking Ridge or Manhattan.

If you are interested in making an appointment with one of the physicians at any of our outpatient centers including MSK Monmouth, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.

I'm currently being treated by your excellent dermatology team in NYCity. Will you be bringing dermatology to MSKCC-Midd anytime soon?
Thanks and best wishes in your new home, welcome to the neighborhood!

Dear JM, thank you for your warm welcome! Unfortunately, we will not be offering dermatology services in Middletown, but we will continue to offer dermatology at our Basking Ridge location. To learn more about our Basking Ridge facility and the services we offer there, please visit https://www.mskcc.org/locations/mskcc-basking-ridge. Thank you for reaching out to us.

I am currently a patient ar the main campus in NYC. I was wondering if I can get transfusions of hemoglobin and platelets at the NJ CAMPUS and still see my NYC doctor.

Dear Anwar, we do intend to provide planned transfusions at our Monmouth center to MSK patients starting in early 2017. Thank you for reaching out to us.

My son had bladder cancer, it's a little over a year since his last appt with another dr. He wants to come to msc how soon can he see a urologist. He needs a cystoscope but needs to be asleep for it

Dear Karen, we are sorry to hear about your son's diagnosis. Patient care at our facility in Monmouth is scheduled to begin on December 12. Patients who need to be seen prior to December 12 should make an appointment at one of our other locations, such as MSK in Basking Ridge or Manhattan.

If your son is interested in making an appointment with one of our specialists at any of our outpatient centers including MSK Monmouth, please call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.

I am currently being treated for lung cancer at your Basking Ridge location. I currently have an appointment in February at your Middletown location for an MRI. It will be great to have this test done so close to home?

Dear Diane, yes, your MRI appointment can be changed. Please contact your MSK physician office to ask that the location for your upcoming MRI be changed to be done at our Monmouth center. For more information about the services offered at our Monmouth location, please visit https://www.mskcc.org/locations/msk-monmouth. Thank you for reaching out to us.

My wife was diagnosed a year ago with Stage 4 Bile Duct Cancer. Her initial treatments were a platinum based chemo infusion. After a break from the chemo this past summer her Oncologist started her on oral chemo pills, (Xeloda, 500 mg, 3 pills twice a day). There was some shrinkage with the platinum based infusion but we have to wait till late January or early February for another CT scan to see if there has been any results from the oral chemo. As my wife also suffers from Arthritis of the back. Travel from the Jersey Shore to New York was out of the question. With the opening of the Middletown location, she can make a trip there. Would you see any benefit for her to seek any different treatment from your treatment center?

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