Astera Cancer Care Patient Navigators: An Advocate for Your Cancer Journey

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can feel overwhelming. The emotions that come with the word “cancer” range from disbelief to unwavering hope and we are here to support you through every step, and feeling, of the process. At Astera Cancer Care, we have built a team to support you from your first appointment forward. … Continued

What Is a Hematologist?

A hematologist is a type of doctor who specializes in studying, diagnosing, treating and preventing blood disorders and disorders of the lymphatic system (e.g., lymph nodes and vessels), including several types of cancer.  Why am I being referred to a hematologist? If your primary care physician is referring you to a hematologist, it may be … Continued

Reducing the Financial Burden for Patients

Over the years, our team of four Financial Counselors have seen their department grow and their jobs evolve. Kimberly Paxon, Zoraida Seda, Jenna Riccitello and Natasha Scutro are more than precertification coordinators and financial counselors. They are financial advocates who handle financial needs for our patients, helping people offset the costs of their medical care. We … Continued

Need-to-Know Signs of Colon Cancer in Men

More than 50,000 new cases of colon cancer are diagnosed each year in the United States. It typically begins in the large intestine as small, noncancerous clumps of cells or polyps. Over time (if left undiagnosed and untreated), these polyps can become cancerous. Though the exact cause of colon cancer is unknown, those with a … Continued

Teaching Personalized Cancer Care to PharmD Students in Central Jersey

Eileen R. Peng, PharmD is a skilled doctor of pharmacy dedicated to integrated, personalized care. Through her work with PharmD students at Rutgers University, she is bringing tomorrow’s oncology pharmacists into the forefront of individualized cancer care. Dr. Peng is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy-Rutgers University, leading the ambulatory … Continued

Covid-19 Updates

Important Notice About COVID-19 To Our Patients: As a dedicated provider of cancer care, we are committed to your and your family’s health. We also understand that you have concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic.  At Astera Cancer Care, we continue to closely monitor the evolving situation, following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and … Continued

Infusion Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

If you or a loved one is living with multiple sclerosis (MS), you may have undergone different types of treatments, and found that infusion is most effective for you. Your MS infusion treatments may be administered as a disease-modifying therapy to help slow activity and progression. Or you may need them to help control relapses/flare-ups … Continued

Radiation Oncology vs. Chemotherapy: What’s the Difference?

Depending on the type, location and stage of cancer, doctors may recommend radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of both. It is important to understand the differences between radiation oncology vs. chemotherapy so you know what to expect. Radiation oncology therapy uses localized radiation to target and destroy cancerous cells. In other words, it only affects … Continued

How to Support a Loved One With Cancer

No one knows the exact moment his or her life will change until it happens. When a loved one shares their cancer diagnosis with you, it can be life-altering. At first, it’s common to feel overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, helplessness, and worry. However, if you understand their basic physical and emotional needs, you will … Continued

Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment Using Infusion Services

Characterized by the chronic inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects 1.6 million Americans. Two of the most common conditions linked to IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. If you or a loved one suffers from IBD, you likely know the symptoms: Severe diarrhea Pain Fatigue Weight … Continued