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Understanding the Different Types of Immunotherapy Jul 1st, 2022

When you have cancer, immunotherapy is one of the cutting-edge treatment options you have. There are many different forms of immunotherapy, and each one works to find invasive cancer cells and destroy them. Each form of immunotherapy can help different types of cancer. At Hunterdon Oncology and Hematology, our expert team of five oncologists and...

Preparing for Chemotherapy Jun 1st, 2022

When you’re diagnosed with cancer, there are a number of treatments available. Among the most common treatments is chemotherapy, used for a variety of cancers at many different stages of the disease. Preparing for chemotherapy is vital to getting through these treatments successfully. At Hunterdon Oncology and Hematology, our team...

Why Bruising Easily Might Indicate You Have a Blood Disorder May 1st, 2022

Bruising is common when you’ve suffered an injury. It’s essentially broken blood vessels beneath your skin, which leads to bleeding within the tissues. This leaves a blue or purple mark, which is the bruise. However, if you’re noticing bruises and aren’t sure where they came from, it could be a...

The Benefits of Joining a Clinical Trial Apr 1st, 2022

Have you ever wondered where all of the cancer treatments that are available to you came from? All of these treatments were once a clinical trial, which allowed their effectiveness and safety to be determined on a small population. There are constantly new trials going on, and joining one can benefit...

The Four Phases of Clinical Trials Mar 1st, 2022

Clinical trials exist for many different types of medical treatments and products. These trials are a way for doctors and patients to test the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art treatments available for a disease. Cancer clinical trials are a way for you to participate in a study while possibly improving your...

How Poor Oral Hygiene Can Cause Head and Neck Cancers Feb 1st, 2022

Many factors increase your risks for the numerous different types of cancer — but did you know that your oral hygiene is one of them? Head and neck cancers encompass a number of different conditions that affect your nose, mouth, and throat. So it’s no surprise that bad oral habits...

Understanding Iron-Deficiency Anemia Jan 1st, 2022

Iron is an essential nutrient your body needs to function properly. You may know it best for its role in producing hemoglobin, which helps transport oxygen throughout your body. It’s also needed for the overall health of your cells, including your hair and nails. So it’s no surprise that when...

The Link Between Moles and Melanoma Dec 1st, 2021

Your skin is something you don’t always include when you think about your health. However, years of sun damage and wear-and-tear can do a number on your largest organ. In fact, in some cases, it can lead to skin cancer. But did you know that seemingly harmless moles can also...

Is it Thalassemia? Nov 1st, 2021

While many blood disorders are rare, there are some that are more common than you may think. When you hear blood disorder, you might immediately think of anemia or a clotting problem. Anemia, especially, is a common blood problem, but what about thalassemia? Our team at Hunterdon Oncology and Hematology...

3 Stages of Our Scalp Cooling Treatment Oct 1st, 2021

Cancer is a disease that affects many different areas of your body, and sometimes requires very invasive and uncomfortable forms of treatment. One of the common types of cancer treatment is chemotherapy. If you’re familiar with this treatment, you might know that it often leads to hair loss — that...

Understanding Immunotherapy Sep 1st, 2021

Your immune system is an amazing component of your body. When you’re healthy, it fights off dangerous diseases and infections that would otherwise wreak havoc on your organs and tissues. However, sometimes your immune system is compromised — especially when you have cancer. Immunotherapy is a treatment that’s offered to...

6 Risk Factors for Head and Neck Cancer Aug 1st, 2021

Of all the conditions that may affect you in your life, cancer is by far one of the scariest. Although many types of cancer are treatable, there are not many that have a true cure. Head and neck cancers are just two forms of cancer that may cause irreversible effects...

Should You Join a Clinical Trial? Jul 14th, 2021

Cancer is a ruthless and exhausting disease, especially after you’ve been through several rounds of treatment. Chemotherapy and radiation are two very well-known treatment options, but what happens when those don’t do the trick, or aren’t warranted for your type of cancer? At that point, a clinical trial could be...

You've Been Diagnosed with Cancer. Now What? Jun 24th, 2021

Strange symptoms that come out of nowhere are scary, especially when you think of all the conditions it could signal. However, you most likely aren't ready when the doctor tells you it's cancer. Along with being stunned, you're wondering where you go from here. At Hunterdon Oncology and Hematology, our...

Are There Risk Factors for Anemia? May 24th, 2021

There are a lot of things that cause you to feel tired and weak; some are medical conditions, while others are lifestyle habits. One of the more common causes of fatigue is a blood disorder known as anemia. This disorder causes the tissues in your body to be deprived of...

Myths and Facts About Hemophilia Apr 18th, 2021

There are many blood disorders out there, all of which affect your body very differently. Hemophilia is just one of these blood disorders, and it’s a very scary diagnosis if you don’t know much about it or what to expect. You may have heard things about it through the grapevine,...

It's Never Too Early to Check for Breast Cancer: Tips for Self Exams Mar 14th, 2021

Breast cancer is a very common type of cancer that affects both women and men — but that doesn’t make it any less scary. This type of cancer can strike at any time, which leaves you feeling vulnerable. However, there are steps you can take to detect early signs of...

How Can Immunotherapy Help Me? Feb 10th, 2021

Fighting cancer is a full-time job all in itself, and the treatments can be harsh and physically draining. You've probably heard about chemotherapy and radiation therapy as treatment options at your appointments, but have you ever heard of immunotherapy?  At Hunterdon Oncology Hematology, our goal is to help you fight...

5 Steps that Can Reduce Your Risk for Colon Cancer Jan 15th, 2021

Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States, responsible for 104,610 new cases this year. It can be treatable if you know what to look for and detect it early. And even though it’s not fully preventable, there are steps you can take to...

Understanding the ABC's of Melanoma Dec 16th, 2020

Skin cancer is something everyone should be aware of over the course of a lifetime. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer, and it’s important to know what it looks like so you can seek medical care as soon as possible to prevent its spread. Here at Hunterdon...

Dr. Shah published in the Journal of Endocrine Health! Jun 23rd, 2020

Congratulations Dr. Shah! We are excited to announce that our very own, Dr. Megha Shah, has been published in the Journal Of Endocrine Health. This article contains information regarding the SAT-358 Hypercalcemia-Induced Altered Mental Status as the Primary Manifestation of Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma. If you are interested in learning more, read...

The Role of Breast Cancer Imaging in Breast Cancer Treatment Jun 9th, 2020

Like many people, you may be concerned about your breast health, and how your wellness affects your family, loved ones and friends. We share your concern. As part of a comprehensive breast program, Hunterdon Hematology Oncology (HHO) combines a comfortable, supportive environment with first-rate, comprehensive diagnostic and treatment resources… all...

I Have Been Diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Now What? May 27th, 2020

If you were recently diagnosed with breast cancer, your head may be swimming and swirling with questions, that all boil down to this: What’s next? The breast cancer care professionals at Hunterdon Hematology Oncology, a part of the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center, are able to answer that question in a...

HHO Launches Telehealth for Patients Mar 30th, 2020

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this unprecedented time. While we maintain our commitment and dedication to patients and caregivers, we also continue our efforts to optimize the health and safety of our staff, providers, and patients. As such, we are pleased to announce the introduction of more comprehensive...

Hunterdon Hematology Oncology COVID-19 Screening Policy Mar 26th, 2020

We ask that you let us know prior to your appointment if you or a family member are you or a family member are exhibiting or experiencing signs associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus) in which case we may ask that you seek medical attention from your primary care physician. These include: shortness of...

COVID-19 Update – HHO Is Committed to the Health and Safety of Our Patients Mar 21st, 2020

Our commitment to the safety of every staff member within our practice is unwavering. We will take care of COVID-19 patients and all patients following all the appropriate policies and procedures to keep them and our staff safe. That includes following the World Health Organization’s (WHO) evidence-based guidance for personal...

Complications of Iron Deficiency Anemia Mar 11th, 2020

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition where the blood has an insufficient number of red blood cells; it occurs when there is not enough iron in the body to produce them. The body uses iron to make hemoglobin, which is the primary carrier of oxygen within red blood cells. Since...

What is Iron Deficiency Anemia? Jan 15th, 2020

Iron serves several very important functions in the human body. First and foremost, it is critical in the production of hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the entire body. Second, iron is important in the maintenance of healthy cells, hair, nails, and skin. Iron deficiency...

How to Choose a Cancer Center Oct 30th, 2019

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your head may be spinning with questions such as: How can I find out which cancer treatment center is best for my type of cancer? How can I locate the very best oncologist (cancer specialist) for my cancer diagnosis? What kinds of questions should...

The Link Between Estrogen and Lung Cancer Oct 16th, 2019

There are some unusual and interesting differences between men and women when it comes to the phenomenon of lung cancer. Not that cancer is interesting. It’s not. It’s disconcerting, to say the least. What we’re talking about are some thought-provoking differences between men and women when it comes to the...

Which Cancers are Most Survivable and Why? Aug 28th, 2019

At one time in the not-so-distant past, a cancer diagnosis was something close to a death sentence. That is far, far less true these days. As our understanding of the wide variety of cancers grows, and the spectrum of treatment options widens, a cancer diagnosis is no longer regarded as...

Vitamin D Supplements and Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Aug 6th, 2019

What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is the name given to a group of naturally occurring substances in the body which the body can convert into hormones. The body uses vitamin D to help it utilize calcium and phosphorus in making strong, healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps...

Prostate Cancer Testing, All about the PSA Test Jul 31st, 2019

What is PSA, and what is a PSA test? PSA stands for prostate-specific antigen; it is a protein produced by the prostate gland. It is produced both by normal as well as malignant prostate gland cells. The PSA test is a blood test which measures the amount or level of...

Immunotherapy Side Effects and What to Know Jul 17th, 2019

You may have heard of immunotherapy, and at least understand that it represents a huge advancement in the treatment of cancer. You may also know that, in broad terms, immunotherapy works by helping the patient’s own immune system work more effectively in finding, attacking and killing cancer cells. To learn...

Head and Neck Cancer: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Jul 8th, 2019

What is head and neck cancer? Head and neck cancer is a collective label for cancers that develop in various areas of the head and neck. Most often they start to develop in the thin layer of moist, mucosal tissues that line the nose, throat and mouth. These thin layers...

Cancer Myths Demystified May 29th, 2019

Over many decades our understanding of how cancer starts and spreads has steadily improved. However, many myths and misconceptions about cancer remain and can be widespread. Here we try to dispel some of these myths that might cause you undue stress and lead you down the wrong road when learning...

New Jersey Monthly: Jersey Choice Top Doctors 2017 May 21st, 2019

Providing the highest-quality cancer care in a compassionate manner is a top priority of Dr. Myron Bednar. Board certified in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, he actively participates in cancer research trials and is committed to bringing patients new and innovative investigational treatments. Dr. Bednar is currently excited to...

Come join us for this special event: May 21st, 2019

Raising Awareness: Targeting Multiple Myeloma. A Discussion for Patients and Caregivers. Raising Awareness: Targeting Multiple Myeloma. A Discussion for Patients and Caregivers August 30, 2018 at 6pm (Thursday)Hunterdon Medical Center Auditorium2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington NJ For additional info or to rsvp please contact: Kellie Mozingo @ 908-788-6461 or kmozingo@hhsnj.org

Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center Helps a Young Woman Go From Cancer Patient to Bride. May 21st, 2019

At the age of 22, Ashley McRoy was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and given a 20 percent chance of survival. Doctors at Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center made sure she made it to her wedding day — and beyond. It was a joyous, teary-eyed day at Kleinfeld, the famous...

The Only Cancer Center in New Jersey to Offer Immuno-Therapy Clinical Trial for Lung Cancer May 21st, 2019

Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center: The Only Cancer Center in New Jersey to Offer Immuno-Therapy Clinical Trial for Lung Cancer According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer among men and women and the leading cause of death in the United States. In 2014, it...

Are insurance policies saving patients money, or keeping them from the treatment they need? May 21st, 2019

Dr. Kenneth B. Blankstein, an oncologist in Flemington, N.J., is treating a woman for lung cancer. She responded well to the first chemotherapy drugs he prescribed. When her health was stable, he gave her a “temporary break” from chemo to spare her some of its side effects. But when he...

Cancer Immunotherapy — Part 1: The Basics Apr 2nd, 2019

Cancer immunotherapy uses the immune system or the body’s defense system to fight cancer. Before learning more about immunotherapy, you may want to read a quick overview of how the immune system works. Immune System Overview The immune system protects the body against diseases. Immune system cells called antigen-presenting cells patrol...

Types of Breast Cancer Mar 7th, 2019

“Strides in medicine have increased our understanding of its many forms” The American Cancer Society predicts that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Although much less common, they predict that in 2019, 2,670 new invasive breast cancer cases will be diagnosed in men. If you or a...

What About Breast Cancer in Men Feb 26th, 2019

When we think of breast cancer, the prevailing thought is that it only applies to women. This, however, is not true. Men also experience breast cancer, even though it is much less common with only approximately 1% of all breast cancers occurring in men. In 2019, about 2,670 men are...

How Yoga Can Help Breast Cancer Patients Jan 28th, 2019

Breast cancer remains the number-one most common type of cancer diagnosed among women. In the United States, about one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Cancer research studies have shown that having higher levels of physical activity actually lowers the risk of...

Why You Shouldn’t Wear Deodorant When Getting a Mammogram Jan 10th, 2019

A mammogram is an important step in taking care of yourself and your breasts. Women trust Hunterdon Hematology Oncology as part of the Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program (HRBCP) with regular mammograms and their overall breast health. The mammograms done at one of several affiliated facilities use a digital format instead of...

Lung cancer treatment using … Jan 3rd, 2015

Lung cancer treatment using patients’ immune system shows promise. By Martta Kelly | Special to The Star-Ledger Lung cancer patient Daria Shepherd smiles as she looks at her daughter, Paige, Shepherd as Daria receives a new trial cancer treatment called Nivolumab at the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in Flemington. (Tony...