Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian Health is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive cancer program

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the best cancer center in New Jersey, John Theurer Cancer Center provides highly specialized, innovative cancer care close to home. In less than 25 years we’ve become one of the most prominent cancer care programs nationwide. As a member of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium, we are one of just 16 cancer consortia designated by the National Cancer Institute in the United States.

With a network of more than 1,200 doctors, nurses, researchers and clinicians, our experts work together to create a cancer treatment plan that has your unique genetic makeup, individual needs and personal goals at the core.

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What Makes Us Leaders in Cancer Care

U.S. News & World Report has recognized John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center as the best cancer center in New Jersey. Many of our locations have also been recognized for their excellence in the following areas:

  • Brain Cancer: The Brain Tumor Center at JFK University Medical Center has been recognized by the Society of Neuro-Oncology as a Center of Excellence.
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program: The FACT accredited Adult Stem Cell transplant and cellular therapy program has grown to become the largest in the tri-state and among the top ten in the nation. Our team was the first in the country to receive Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for stem cell transplantation. We offer autologous (self), allogeneic (donated) stell cell transplantation for cancerous and noncancerous blood disorders.
  • Breast Cancer: The breast cancer program at John Theurer Cancer Center has been awarded Disease-Specific Care Certification and the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. In addition, JFK University Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center are Accredited by the American College of Radiology as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.
  • Children’s Cancer: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Children’s Cancer Institute is New Jersey’s premier pediatric center for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders. The combined pediatric cancer care program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital ranked #42 in the country, and is the only pediatric cancer program in New Jersey to rank in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Colon Cancer: Ocean University Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for Colon Cancer Surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Ocean University Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center are designated Diagnostic Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
  • Pancreas, Liver, and Bile Duct Cancer: Jersey Shore University Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a Center of Excellence for Pancreas, Liver and Bile Duct Cancer Certification.

Research to improve the understanding and treatment of cancer is happening in our laboratories and clinics every day as we harness the technology, genetics, immunology, cell biology and bioengineering to diagnose, prevent and treat cancer and other life-threatening and disabling diseases.

  • Clinical Trials: Our clinical research team is comprised of more than 100 team members across multiple sub-specialties of cancer. John Theurer Cancer Center is conducting hundreds of clinical trials and is the top enroller of patients in Phase 1 clinical trials in New Jersey. Our Research Programs
  • Immunotherapy: The next frontier in cancer, immunotherapy harnesses the immune system to eradicate cancer cells. These treatments include antibodies, small molecules and CAR T-cell and other cellular therapies.
  • Pediatric immunotherapy: The Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is the only certified center in New Jersey to offer CAR T-cell therapy to pediatric patients.
  • Robotic Surgery: We have one of the three largest programs in the New York metropolitan area for robotic surgery and are an international leader in the use of this technology, which often leads to better outcomes, fewer complications and a faster recovery. Cancer surgeons at John Theurer Cancer Center perform more minimally invasive cancer surgeries than any other center in New Jersey.
  • Radiation therapy: Our robotic radiotherapy system optimizes cancer outcomes by delivering precise radiation therapy treatment to cancerous tumors throughout the body. 

We are with you from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Our experienced and compassionate team understands the challenges associated with cancer diagnosis and provides emotional and practical support throughout your journey.

  • Patient satisfaction: Press-Ganey surveys show that 99 percent of John Theurer Cancer Center patients report satisfaction with their care.
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration: Your entire care team, including surgeons, pathologists, oncologists, nurses, radiation therapists, clinicians and social workers, collaborate to streamline your care and minimize wait-time between appointments with various specialists.
  • Hair loss prevention during chemotherapy: Seven Hackensack Meridian Health cancer treatment centers use an innovative scalp cooling system that helps prevent or reduce hair loss in patients who are receiving chemotherapy.
  • Support services: We offer a full range of cancer care services to help you and your loved ones navigate the emotional and physical challenges that come with diagnosis of cancer, including genetic counseling, integrative medicine, nutrition therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pain management, pulmonary rehabilitation and emotional support groups. 

We are committed to providing the most advanced health care services based on the latest research in a compassionate, culturally sensitive setting.

  • Board-certified experts: Our team includes board-certified specialists who have undergone the highest level of training within specialties such as medical oncology, pathology, plastic surgery, and radiation and surgical oncology.
  • Advanced tumors: Our experts often treat advanced tumors that may be considered untreatable or inoperable elsewhere.
  • Pediatric cancers: Hackensack Meridian Health’s Children’s Cancer Institute is New Jersey’s premier pediatric center for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders.
  • Pediatric immunotherapy: The Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is the only certified center in New Jersey to offer CAR T-cell therapy to pediatric patients.

Part of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center:

John Theurer Cancer Center is part of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. The institutions, which began their collaboration in 2015, share passion and expertise in research which help to develop new therapies and understand cancer at the population level. The goal of this research collaboration is to improve outcomes for patients with cancer or to prevent them from getting it in the first place.

Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership:

In 2016, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hackensack Meridian Health formed a partnership dedicated to keeping communities across New Jersey healthy. Hackensack Meridian Health’s integrated health care network and expansive reach coupled with Memorial Sloan Kettering’s specialized cancer expertise enable us to improve cancer care from prevention, diagnosis through active treatment and survivorship.

Our Doctors

John Theurer Cancer Center has recruited the best cancer doctors from around the world to provide you with award-winning cancer treatment and care. It’s easy to get started with your cancer care. Call 833-CANCER-MD today. We will schedule your appointment promptly.

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