Cancer Types Treated by Regional Cancer Care Associates

Cancer is a name used to describe a group of diseases characterized by the growth and spread of cells that are abnormal. These cells are distinguished by this disordered reproduction, which often leads to an accumulation of cells into abnormal masses. These masses — known as tumors — can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

Benign tumors do not invade nearby tissues or spread to other areas of the body. However, they can grow to the point where they put pressure on certain vital structures, such as blood vessels or nerves.

Tumors that are malignant are what we all know as “cancer.” Because they can divide uncontrollably, penetrate and destroy tissue where they originate, and spread to other anatomy, malignant cancers are inherently dangerous. They can form new tumors, wreak havoc on the body and lead to complications and/or premature death.

Types of cancer
Determining the type of cancer, along with other factors, helps RCCA’s oncologists determine which treatment will be most appropriate and effective. Cancers are named for the part of the body in which they originate, regardless of whether the cancer spreads to other areas.

At RCCA, our goal is to prevent cancer from destroying vital tissues and to prevent it from spreading and causing more damage. We understand cancer… and how to fight it with the best, most effective treatments available for each specific form it takes.

To learn about a specific cancer treated by RCCA specialists, click on its name below for more in-depth information:

Bladder Cancer
Brain Cancer
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Colon Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Fallopian-Tube Cancer
Head & Neck Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Leukemia
Liver Cancer
Lung Cancer
Lymphoma
Mesothelioma
Multiple Myeloma
Pancreatic Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Ovarian Cancer
Rectal Cancer
Skin Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Testicular Cancer
Thyroid Cancer
Uterine Cancer

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

Fighting Cancer by Educating — and Empowering — Patients and Their Caregivers

You can’t fight cancer alone. It takes a team. At the same time, beating cancer requires that the patient participates actively in the fight. In turn, this requires that you be aware, alert, informed and engaged in the effort.

At RCCA, we understand the importance of information and knowledge in your struggle to prevail against cancer. For that reason, we emphasize patient and caregiver education — as part of the interactions we have with you and here on our website.

For your convenience, click on a resource below to get informed and educated about cancer care and RCCA through our:

Frequently Asked Questions
Medical Library

If you need additional information or educational resources, please do not hesitate to call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

For many patients, the most difficult part of battling cancer is coping with the side effects of cancer treatments. Many treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, biological therapy, bone marrow transplant and surgery, can challenge patients in ways they’ve never imagined.

From fatigue to emotional stress to mouth sores, skin changes and hair loss, treatment side effects can be unpleasant to say the least. But there are many ways to manage — and even lessen — their impact on you.

Managing fatigue
Feeling extremely tired, weak, “heavy,” run-down and having no energy? This is how many patients describe cancer-related fatigue. And because resting doesn’t always help, it’s often one of the most difficult side effects to cope with. Here are a few ways to manage fatigue:

  • Relaxation –Conserve energy and lower stress. Try to relax by listening to music, reading, meditating or practicing guided imagery. Your doctor may also suggest a form of light exercise, like yoga, to restore energy and help you feel better.
  • Plan time for rest and productivity – When you’re tired, take short naps (less than 1 hour) during the day. But be sure to keep them short so you can sleep at night. When your energy is higher, do the things that are most important to you.
  • Fuel your energy –Certain foods and drinks can increase your energy. High-protein, high-calorie foods can help you maintain your strength. Water, juices and teas can help you stay hydrated, while excess amounts of caffeine and alcohol will dehydrate you. A nutritionist or dietician can be your greatest ally in the fight!
  • Talk it out – The difficult thoughts and feelings that come with fighting cancer can cause mental and physical fatigue. Talking with a counselor or psychologist can give you healthy ways to express your thoughts and manage the range of emotions you may feel day to day.

Coping with nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are among the most common side effects of some cancer treatment. Some people feel sick just anticipating their treatment, and many more experience nausea after treatment. Controlling nausea and vomiting will help you feel stronger, not to mention that it will also help you avoid malnutrition and dehydration. There are several ways to cope with and reduce nausea and vomiting, including:

  • Anti-nausea medicine – For acute nausea, many patients take anti-nausea medicine — even on their “good” days, when they feel well. Your RCCA doctor will work closely with you to find the most effective medication for you.
  • Stay hydrated – Drinking water, fruit juices, ginger ale, tea and/or sports drinks throughout the day can help prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid certain foods – Stay away from greasy, fried, sweet, or spicy foods if you feel sick after eating them. If the smell of food makes you nauseated, opt for cold foods without strong odors, or let food cool down before you eat it.
  • Treatment day tactics – Different strategies work for different patients. Some avoid getting sick by eating a small snack before treatment, while others steer clear of eating or drinking right before or after treatment.
  • Alternative care – Other methods of relieving nausea and vomiting include deep breathing,acupuncture, guided imagery, gentle exercise and many others.

Managing anemia
Anemia is a condition in which your body does not have enough red blood cells, which carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of your body. Without oxygen circulating properly, you can feel tired, short of breath, dizzy or faint. Many people with anemia even experience headaches, rapid heartbeat and/or pale skin. A simple blood test can gauge your red blood cell count. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can damage red bone marrow and cause anemia.

Countering the effects of anemia can be achieved through such techniques and treatments as:

  • Practicing relaxation techniques, such as listening to music.
  • Conserving your energy and learning ways to increase it through gentle exercise.
  • Consulting a dietician or nutritionist to learn what foods and drinks are best for you.
  • Your RCCA doctor may order blood transfusions or red-blood-cell production stimulators, or may recommend vitamin supplements.

Expert, caring support to help you manage all types of treatment side effects
We addressed only a few side effects from a long list. We know you may be in pain, suffering from mouth or throat problems, or unsure of how to manage anxiety and depression. Whatever you’re facing, RCCA is dedicated to helping you cope. Through our expansive network across New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, we have the resources to help you fight cancer and the many challenges that come with its treatment. We also provide integrative care to support you in every possible way.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

RCCA is Here with Complete Cancer Support

At Regional Cancer Care Associates, advanced treatments, proactive and timely communication with your doctor, and being by your side as you battle cancer is vital. But to fight cancer, you need more.

That’s why RCCA offers a strong circle of support. In this circle, there is guidance, assistance, counseling, information and more. Also in this circle are genuine, caring people who happen to be expertly trained, highly experienced professionals who listen as well as advise. Your RCCA team is here to help you make informed decisions. Have a question? Ask it anytime, and know that we will work until it’s answered. At RCCA, we care for you beyond medicine, with a 360-degree approach to dedicated support.

Understanding you and your family’s needs
On your journey to beat cancer, you and your family will have many needs. Rest assured that we understand them and know how to address them. Our caring staff members are here to discuss your needs with you and do whatever it takes to ensure they are met.

For example, RCCA can help you find specific products, such as wigs or mastectomy bras. We can connect you with support groups, psychological and nutrition guidance partners, transportation assistance and other forms of help. We will also act on your behalf to locate and help you qualify for economic assistance.

Cancer-support resources at a glance
Here is a list of the reputable cancer-care resources we often recommend to patients:

Foundations

ChemoCare www.chemocare.com 844.268.3901
CancerCare www.cancercare.org 800.813.4673
CancerCare Co-Payment Assistance www.cancercarecopay.org 866.552.6729
Chronic Disease Fund https://www.mygooddays.org/ 877.968.7233
HealthWell Foundation www.healthwellfoundation.org 800.675.8416
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.lls.org/copay 800.955.4572
National Org. for Rare Disorders www.rarediseases.org 800.999.6673
NeedyMeds www.needymeds.org
Partnership for Prescrip. Assistance www.pparx.org 888.477.2669
Patient Access Network Foundation www.panfoundation.org 866.316.7263
Patient Advocate Foundation www.copays.org 866.512.3861
Patient Services Incorporated https://www.patientservicesinc.org/ 800.366.7741
Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled (PADD) http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/doas/services/paad/ 800.792.9745
RxAssist www.rxassist.org
The Assistance Fund www.theassistancefund.org 855.845.3663
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Helpline www.tnbcfoundation.org/helpline.htm 877.880.8622

 
Free Home Cleaning

Cleaning for a Reason Foundation www.cleaningforareason.org 877.337.3348
Comfortree www.comfortree.org 908.256.1192

 
Travel Grants

Dream Foundation www.dreamfoundation.org 805.564.2131

 
Transportation

American Cancer Society 800-227-2345

 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

Let RCCA help you begin your cancer treatment journey.

If you’ve been recently diagnosed with cancer, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, including not knowing where to begin. At Regional Cancer Care Associates, we’re here to be your advocate, your partner and your guide on your journey to defeating cancer. Here’s how to get started…

Step 1: Get Diagnosed

If you haven’t received a cancer diagnosis but suspect you may have cancer, we can help. You’ll get the most accurate, appropriate and thorough testing available today with the diagnostic skill of our oncologists and state-of-the-art technology and techniques.

If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, testing and imaging may be necessary or helpful for cancer staging, treatment planning, monitoring and more. You may also desire a second opinion regarding diagnosis or recommended treatment.

Step 2: Verify Your Insurance

While RCCA strives to accept most major insurance plans, insurance relationships change. We recommend checking with your insurance company prior to your first visit to verify and understand your coverage, your deductible and co-pay, prescription coverage, special requirements or guidelines, etc.

You can also visit our Insurance page to see a list of insurance plans we accept. If you have additional questions about insurance verification, please don’t hesitate to call RCCA at (844) 346-7222.

PLEASE NOTE:

RCCA is dedicated to helping you get the care you need, including offering financial counseling and advocating on your behalf for financial assistance. We also recommend checking with your employer or health plan regarding your access to an insurance manager, who can help you with the complexities of insurance coverage as part of your particular plan.

Step 3: Schedule Your Appointment

If you know the doctor or location you’re looking for, you can schedule your appointment by calling that particular RCCA office. Or simply call (844) 346-7222 to speak with our knowledgeable and experienced ,staff to ask any questions, and let us know how we can make your visit go as smoothly as possible.

Step 4: Collect Your Medical Records

Please request and obtain your medical records from your referring physician before your first appointment. This will enable us to most accurately diagnose your condition… and to plan the most appropriate and effective treatment. These records include past visit history, imaging reports, pathology reports, blood test reports, etc.. When you schedule your appointment, we’ll help figure out exactly what records to bring with you and tell you how to prepare for your first visit.

Still have questions about how to get started? Give us a call at (844) 346-7222.

Helping You Deal with the Cost of Care

Being a cancer patient is hard. The disease itself is difficult, and the treatment can be complicated. It can also, at times, have unpleasant side effects. You will have to deal with many doctors and other kinds of healthcare workers. Keeping track of everything can get very confusing.

If you have cancer, the cost of cancer care may put you in a financial bind. Medical care can be costly, even with insurance. In fact, some say that the financial burden associated with cancer treatment is reaching new heights. Meanwhile, patients under treatment may not be able to work as much as before… or at all.

And, of course, dealing with medical bills and insurance companies is not usually easy, even when you’re in the best of health.

At Regional Cancer Care Associates, we’re here to help. We’ll work alongside you every step of the way. Our goal is to make your financial and insurance issues go as smoothly as we can. We’ll help you connect with people and groups in your community that can help ease the financial impact of cancer care, whether it’s for you or your loved one.

Helping connect you with the help you need
At RCCA, we’ll help you explore your insurance coverage and learn about your benefits. We’ll help you understand all of your payment options. We’ll also provide contacts for you with  many foundations, societies and organizations that work with cancer patients to get financial aid. Whenever we can, we’ll help you find and qualify for prescription and co-pay assistance, transportation needs, grants and more.

For more detailed information about how we advocate for you financially, click on the desired link below:

Regional Cancer Care Associates — Quality cancer care you can count on
Regional Cancer Care Associates (RCCA) is committed to helping you in every way we can. Our job is to give you easy access to top-quality, comprehensive, leading edge cancer care. At RCCA, we’re one of the nation’s largest cancer care networks — yet we focus on every patient, individually. We’ll make sure your care is second to none.

To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. Appointments can also be scheduled by calling the RCCA location nearest you.

Groundbreaking Clinical Trials in New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland

RCCA is dedicated to the continual improvement of cancer care — from prevention to treatment through recovery and beyond. Which is why we conduct more than 300 advanced clinical trials.

What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are carefully designed and managed scientific studies. These trials test new medical therapies (medications, devices, etc.) and their effectiveness in the prevention, detection, diagnosis and cure of diseases. Clinical trials are how all medical therapies, devices and techniques are evaluated for human use. Without clinical trials, new drugs and treatments for cancer would not be investigated, get approved or be available to treat and benefit patients.

Why enroll in a clinical trial?
Although cancer treatments are constantly evolving and advancing, new methods and medications are always in development. These new options provide cancer patients and their families with real hope for improvement, a higher quality of life, and, in many cases, a longer life. Other reasons to consider enrolling in a clinical trial include:

  • Safety – Clinical trials would not occur if not for strict regulations in place to help ensure patient safety. An institutional review board, along with scientific experts, monitor trial protocols.
  • Informed consent – During this process, you can learn all about the trial before deciding if you wish to take part. You will know the trial’s purpose along with possible risks and benefits. Informed consent is critical to ensuring patient safety.
  • Affordability – The cost of care associated with the clinical trial is covered by the company sponsoring the clinical trial.

RCCA always puts your health and safety first
Clinical trials have given thousands of RCCA patients new hope. You can be confident that RCCA oncologists will prioritize your wellness and safety above all else. Our experience in conducting and participating in successful clinical trials begins by developing an individual plan. We work with local physicians to collect your complete medical history and form a treatment plan or protocol. Your treatment plan will contain information on the purpose of the trial, the drugs involved, medical tests to be performed, possible side effects, and some statistics about other people in the clinical trial.

At RCCA, we have the knowledge and expertise to assure the highest quality of care. And with more than 30 locations in New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland, we strive to make innovative treatments and community-based, personalized care as accessible as possible.

To find out if a clinical trial is right for you, or to schedule an appointment, call (844) 346-7222. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the RCCA location nearest you.


Find a Clinical Trial

State-of-The-Art Treatments and Cancer Care Services at RCCA

At RCCA, we treat you or your loved one with the utmost compassion, conviction and commitment. We also partner with you to fight your cancer with the most advanced and effective therapies and services available today.

Select a treatment or service below to learn more about how we help you fight cancer to win.