Every day researchers learn more about what it takes to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure cancer. Translating these discoveries into actual patient care practices requires cancer professionals who deliver the most advanced treatments. You’ll find that dedication right here in our community at the Lourdes Health System, where the Lourdes Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer care close to home.
Recognition and Collaboration
Both Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center rank among a select 20 percent of the nation’s medical/surgical hospitals with cancer programs accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County has also been recognized by the American Cancer Society with the Excalibur Award, presented to organizations that support the mission and goals of the American Cancer Society.
The Lourdes Cancer Program, which is housed primarily at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, has been meeting the needs of cancer patients for many years. We offer our patients:
- A dedicated oncology unit;
- Board-certified radiation oncologists;
- Board-certified medical oncologists;
- Board-certified surgical oncologists;
- Board-certified urologists and gynecologists;
- Oncology nurses;
- Allied health professionals including social workers and dietitians;
- A patient navigator – a nurse who guides the patient and family through the cancer care process;
- Spiritual support in the form of pastoral care, community-based programs, and a parish nurse program.
A Multidisciplinary Team
The Lourdes Cancer Center features a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care. That means all the specialists involved in a patient’s care work together to treat the entire person-not just the disease. Board-certified physicians, together with oncology nurses and specialized allied health professionals, strive to offer high-quality medical, surgical and radiation therapy services. We believe this is the best way to make sure that the patient’s medical, as well as emotional, spiritual and family needs, are met.
This approach has many benefits, including:
- A unified recommendation for treatment;
- Enhanced communication with the patient and family;
- More convenient, less time-consuming and stressful access to care;
- Coordination of services for prevention, education, diagnosis, acute intervention, emotional and spiritual support and home care.
Further, at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, a well-attended and lively tumor board meets monthly to discuss cases and develop treatment plans. Community physicians are welcome and encouraged to attend. Each month, surgeons, radiation oncologists and/or medical oncologists present cases. This is a great opportunity for our team and local physicians to come together to discuss patient care.
Clinical Trials Access
An oncology nurse is available to discuss options for you to participate in clinical trials involving medical and radiation oncology treatments.
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County has a Cancer Registry which is staffed by Cancer Registrars, both certified and non-certified. The registrars report cancer statistics to the State Dept. of Cancer Registry as well as the Commission on Cancer’s National Cancer Data Base. The Registry helps to set up Cancer Conferences and Cancer Committee meetings and provides reports and data to physicians and others. Patients are abstracted and placed into a database and followed for life.
To contact the Cancer Registry:
- Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center: William Klinepeter, 856-757-3570
- Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Stephanie Blassman, 609-835-5420
Dedicated Patient Navigator
A Patient Navigator is a specially trained nurse who guides the patient and family through the cancer care process. The patient navigator can:
- Guide patients through the health care system
- Expedite appointments for Surgery, Medical Oncology and Radiation within 24 – 48 hours
- Direct patients to health care services for further diagnosis and treatment
- Direct patients to local resources and support
- Get your questions answered
- Find more information on health care options and resources
For more information about the Lourdes Cancer Center, call 609-835-5432.