This was a historic day because it meant that quality healthcare for kids with cancer would finally be available in New Jersey. Children would no longer need to travel to New York to receive treatment for their illness. In addition to the beginning of this new program, HackensackUMC was committed to having a significant pediatric presence. Today, there are nearly 50 pediatric specialties represented at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Essential psychosocial support services exist throughout the Children’s Hospital. Additionally, with the inception of the Children’s Cancer Institute, research would become more vital then, and even more so, now.
As our team continues to build a comprehensive program for children with cancer, research remains at the forefront. Just as Naomi wished, curing all children of cancer is the ultimate goal. In the meantime, Dr. Harris, shares, we must maximize the quality of life during treatment. “We never want a child to ask ‘why did you cure me?’” shares Dr. Harris. “There is a price to pay for aggressive therapies that leave scars on children.”
Although eighty percent of children are cured, childhood cancer remains the largest killer of children aside from accidents. Those who survive often face long-term side effects. The team at HackensackUMC strives to personalize treatment for our patients that targets the disease, not the body. Through research, we provide the most advanced, precision medicine and cutting edge therapies in an atmosphere conducive to healing.