6 Reasons to Come to MSK Monmouth for Your Cancer Care

MSK Monmouth's infusion suite boasts sweeping views of the property.

MSK Monmouth's infusion suite boasts sweeping views of the property.

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 offers 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 was 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 has 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.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth allows 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 can be done on site at MSK Monmouth, which means we can get results quicker, and, as a result, start or change treatment faster. We’re also performing blood transfusions on site, eliminating the need to go elsewhere.

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More to Come

In addition to MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge, we’re continuing to expand and open more centers in New Jersey, including MSK Bergen, which will be fully operational in mid-2018. In the meantime, appointments for CT scans are now available at MSK Bergen on Wednesdays and Fridays, and will eventually take place five days a week.

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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?

I had tah at msk followed by brachytherapy 11 years ago. Dr geminiani was my surgeon and dr Kaled Alektiar radiation oncologist., I love the kind, professional care and warm welcome I receive at msk.everyone greets me with a smile, from the guards to the cleaning personnel to the receptionists. I've had diverticulitis and need a regularly scheduled colonoscopy and possible polypectomy and biopsy.Physicians here were reluctant to do colonoscopy, due to radiation proxymetry to colon. I usually go to NYC. Will I be able to be screened in Middletown and if I need surgery will I be able to transfer my care to New Jersey? K Rosner Bradley beach nj

Dear Kathleen, we are glad to know that you have felt well-cared for by your MSK treatment team.

We will have a gastroenterologist on staff at MSK Monmouth for both clinic appointments and outpatient procedures (such as colonoscopies and endoscopies) starting in early January 2017.

You may reach out to your MSK physician’s office to schedule an appointment. In fact, you may ask them about coordinating a transfer of all of your MSK care to MSK Monmouth. If you are not sure about who to call at MSK, our Physician Referral Service can also make an appointment for you. They can be reached at 800-525-2225. Thank you for reaching out to us.

I have recently been diagnosed with bladder cancer, stage 0. I'm currently seeing a dr in Monmouth county, but I'm interested in getting a second opinion with MSK. Very interested in who i can call to set this up, insurance questions, etc. thank you!

My wife was diagnosed with bread cancer 3th A stage in Shanghai China 2 and half years ago. Now she takes one pill daily and hormone injection therapy once a month in Irvine CA ,her medical insurer is kaiser permenant currently in LA CA. I plan to relocate to NJ for her better treatment by memorial Sloan . What my concerns are do you have Chinese interpretation service in mammoth county branch , who can I consult to set up my wife's new insurance for professional care in memorial Sloan NJ ,ideally the insurance consultant can speak Chinese .
Li Zhang

Dear Li, we are sorry to hear about your wife’s diagnosis. We will utilize telephone interpretation, and we will have Chinese interpreters available via telephone at MSK Monmouth. The Patient Financial Services staff will also utilize telephone interpretation whenever needed, and will also have access to Chinese interpreters via telephone.

If you would like to make an appointment for your wife at MSK Monmouth, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225 or visit https://www.mskcc.org/experience/become-patient/appointment.

For more information about insurance, please visit https://www.mskcc.org/insurance-assistance/insurance-information.

Thank you for reaching out to us.

I received my breast cancer treatment in MSK-NY and grateful for the outstanding care I have received (Dr. Gemignani and Dr. Mehrara were my doctors). I continue to go to NY for my annual surveillance since I have been cancer free for the past 9 years. Now MSK is right around my neighborhood in Monmouth and hope to transfer my care there. I am even strongly considering to apply for a position in MSK Monmouth in their rehab department. Could you please provide information on who to contact for any job inquiries in that department. THANK YOU.

Dear EG, we are sorry to hear about your diagnosis but are glad to know that you have felt well-cared for by your MSK treatment team.

If you would like to transfer your care to MSK Monmouth, contact the office of the MSK physician in charge of your care and they can handle that for you. Or, you may call our Physician Referral Service at 800-525-2225 and they can assist you.

To learn more about (and apply for) our job openings at MSK Monmouth and our other locations, please visit our careers site at http://careers.mskcc.org/. You can search for jobs by location and other preferences.

Thank you for reaching out to us.

After being admitted to CentraState Medical through the ER in August last year I am currently at RCCA with Dr. Silverberg being treated with Halavan for recurrence of breast cancer in my liver. I had stage 1 breast cancer and had lumpectomy surgery with Dr. Sacchini at Sloan in 2012; medical oncology with Dr. Toppmeyer (and Laurie Kerstein was at Robert Wood) at CINJ; and Radiation oncology at Princeton Radiology in Freehold with Dr. Neesha Rodriguez afterwards. I am curious to know which hospital you use if and when your patients need to be admitted?

Dear Jennifer, we are sorry to hear about your recurrence. Our staff at MSK Monmouth works with Riverview Medical Center for any MSK Monmouth patients requiring an inpatient admission. Our medical oncologists can see MSK patients while they are there. If an MSK patient is not in serious condition, is cleared to travel, and prefers to be transferred to our inpatient hospital at MSK in Manhattan, we could have the patient transported there. Thank you for reaching out to us.

I have uterine cancer. Can I be operated on in this facility or do I need to go into NY?
Thank you!

Dear Mary, we’re sorry to hear about your diagnosis. While some minor procedures such as biopsies may be performed at our Monmouth facility, the majority of our cancer surgeries are still performed in Manhattan. However, many patients are able to receive all of their pre- and post-operative care at our regional sites, including all of their presurgical tests, which eliminates many trips into the city. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a patient at MSK, you can call 800-525-2225 or go to https://www.mskcc.org/experience/become-patient/appointment for more information on making an appointment. Thank you for your comment, and best wishes to you.

I currently go to MSKCC in Manhattan. If I get hospitalized and go to Riverview, would a doctor from MSK-Monmouth come?

Also, does MSK-Monmouth have any support groups?

My sister was just diagnosed with an advanced stage of bladder cancer. She lives in Florida, but she is interested in a consultation at MSK Monmouth, because your teams are experts in specific cancer types, and because I live 10 minutes from your facility. If she were subsequently prescribed long periods of treatments, could they be performed at a facility in Florida?

Since MSKCC doesn't offer dematology at Middletown, can you direct me to experts for skin cancer screenings?

I have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer with a PSA 1.4. Prostate biopsies were performed. 3 of 9 biopsies reported positive with a Gleason score ranging from 6 (3+3) to 9 (5+4). I have undergone blood work-up for basic metabolic panel. Results are in range. I am scheduled for bone density and prostate MRI with follow-up appointment with Urologist to discuss treatment options. I intend to go to prostate support meetings scheduled locally in Ocean/Monmouth Counties for additional advise/guidance. I trust my Urologist as he found the cancer, but don't know if he will be my best course of complete treatment options. Right now I am confused, somewhat scared, & could use some positive news!

Hello - I am currently scheduled to see a Breast Surgeon at MSK in NYC. I will need radiation treatment. If I start the radiation treatment at MSK Monmouth, and then decide to transfer to MSK in NY to complete my radiation treatment - would that be possible?

Dear Ann Marie, we recommend that you discuss this with your MSK team. Thank you for your comment, and best wishes to you.

Hello, I am a patient at Ocean Medical Center in Brick NJ for cancer and see that you are affiliated with OMC now. I had called when your Monmouth facility opened and Horizon NJ was not taken at that time my question is this insurance taken now. My OMC doctors have sent me to CINJ before for consultations which is a great place but a long day, i find your facility closeness a plus if needed a expert doctors help that OMC doesn't provide. Any info would be appreciated Thank you

Can I make an appointment on my own for a mammogram or do I need a referral from my primary doctor? (I live only 5 mins. away.)

Does Monmouth MSK have an Urgent Care department? I usually go to the one in Manhattan.

Dear Marianne, MSK Monmouth does not have an Urgent Care Center. However, we do have a Symptomatic Care Clinic on-site, open Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM, where any MSK provider can refer the patient for symptom management. At the Symptomatic Care Clinic, patients are evaluated by an Advanced Practice Provider, who then communicates with the primary care team. We are also able to arrange for coordinated infusion and imaging, based upon need.

In addition, the Monmouth Medical Oncology team does have admitting privileges at Riverview Medical Center, for any MSK patient who is admitted there.

Thank you for your comment.

I have just been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer and was planning to get my Chemo and radiation treatments locally in Toms River not sure where my surgery would be done as of yet. Would MSK Monmouth be a possiblity. I was told that MSK in NY was in my network(aetna), is MSK Monmouth also. Also is MSK Monmouth full service or outpatient only. Thank you

Dear Rocco, we’re sorry to hear about your diagnosis. If you are interested in receiving treatment at MSK-Monmouth, the number to call is 800-525-2225. It is an outpatient facility, so we do not do surgery there, but patients are usually able to receive all of their pre-surgical testing and post-surgical follow-up care at Monmouth. In addition, chemotherapy, radiation, radiology (scans), and blood work can be done at Monmouth. For patients living in that area who need to be admitted to the hospital, our physicians have admitting privileges at Riverview Medical Center and see people there.

If you would like to more about making an appointment, you can go to https://www.mskcc.org/experience/become-patient/appointment

Thank you for your comment, and best wishes to you.

Dear MSK Rep, I had a prostatectomy October, 2017. I feel I'm doing very well, My PSA blood test is taken every 3 months, and all have results of <0.01 We are in the process of moving from North Jersey to Ocean County, and would like to know if I can transfer my post surgery visits to MSK. Thank you

Dear Patrick, we’re glad to hear you’re doing well after surgery. We recommend that you call our Patient Access Service to discuss this. They can be reached at 800-525-2225. Thank you for your comment, and best wishes to you.