At CarePoint Health, we strive to provide the highest quality medical care in an atmosphere of caring and warmth for our patients. Our radiation oncology facility, located at Bayonne Medical Center, offers state-of-the-art technology. Our aim is to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their treatment and to help them resume their normal lives and activities as quickly as possible.
To ensure integrated patient care, CarePoint Health radiation oncologists work closely with referring physicians, and ensure that those physicians are fully informed about proposed treatment plans and results achieved during and after the treatment.
A State-of-the-Art Facility
In 2012, CarePoint Health Radiation Oncology Associates was fully renovated to offer a comfortable environment for patients. The facility houses a new, state-of-the-art Elekta Synergy® linear accelerator. This machine, which delivers radiation therapy, allows the physician to use image guidance during the treatment process to ensure accuracy.
The most recent service introduced at Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is the GE Discovery PET/CT 600®. PET/CT, or Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography, is a medical imaging device used by physicians for diagnostic and staging purposes. Bayonne Radiation Oncology Associates is proud to be an Accredited PET/CT Facility by the American College of Radiology.
The CarePoint Health Department of Radiation Oncology serves the entire CarePoint system, including Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital, and Hoboken Medical Center. The department provides integrated cancer care with a focus on patients’ well-being and peace of mind.
CarePoint Health Radiation Oncology
Address: 27 East 29th Street
Bayonne, NJ 07002
Hours of Operation: 8:00-4:00pm
There is an on-call physician available 24 hours. They can be reached through the department number.
Radiation Treatment Process:
Initial Appointment: During your consultation with the radiation oncologist, the physician will determine whether there is a benefit and role for radiation therapy in your case. At the appointment, the physician will review all of your medical records pertinent to the cancer including past medical history, current medications, allergies, social history, and family history. The physician will also perform a physical exam. If radiation therapy is indicated, the physician will review the details of the treatment including the duration of treatment and potential side effects. In addition, the physician will schedule a simulation session that will be essential in designing the radiation treatment.
Simulation: During the simulation session, the radiation therapist will create immobilization devices to ensure consistency in the delivery of the radiation treatment from day to day. Using these devices, you will undergo a special CT scan to map the area being treated so that the team can plan the delivery of radiation. After the scan, the therapist will put permanent freckle-like tattoo marks on your skin. These markings will also help to ensure that the radiation therapy is consistent over the course of treatment. After the simulation session, the physician and dosimetrist will work to generate a radiation plan.
Verification Simulation: Once a radiation plan is created, you will return for a verification simulation, a sort of dry run for your treatment. You will change into a gown and come to the treatment room. The radiation therapist will take images on the machine that the physician will review to ensure that the area to be treated coincides with the radiation plan.
Treatment: After a successful verification simulation, you may begin treatment as soon as the next day. Radiation treatment is typically every day Monday through Friday. The time in the department is roughly 20-30 minutes, and the delivery of the treatment takes less than 10 minutes. The duration of the radiation treatment varies depending on the site and nature of the treatment, and can range from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
Weekly Status Checks: During the radiation treatment, you will see the physician once a week. The physician will discuss your treatment and address your concerns as much as possible. The physicians will also examine you to determine if you are experiencing any side effects. If you need any additional services and medications, the physicians will prescribe them at this time.
Dr. Anne Kim is a board certified radiation oncologist, specializing in intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiosurgery, stereotactic body radiosurgery, MammoSite/Contura brachytherapy, gynecologic HDR brachytherapy (tandem/ovoid and cylinder), and intraoperative electronic brachytherapy. Dr. Kim received her undergraduate degree from Brown University magna cum laude in biology and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Her postgraduate training includes a preliminary medicine internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York as well as a radiation oncology residency at SUNY Downstate. She also received training in head and neck cancers at Beth Israel Medical Center and in stereotactic body radiosurgery program at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas.
Dr. Kim has been active in clinical research and was a member of the institutional review board at her previous hospital, Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC). She has published as first author in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology – Biology – Physics, the leading journal in her field. She joined the practice in Hudson County at CarePoint Radiation Oncology Associates in December 2012 and is committed to using her skills to aid the community. Her exemplary care for her patients was recognized at VBMC, where she was named Physician of the Year honor in 2010.
The Department of Radiation Oncology is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts who handle the medical, scientific, technical, and administrative aspects of every patient’s treatment. The following is an explanation of their roles.
Radiation Oncologist: Board-certified physicians who design the radiation treatment plan specific to each patient’s cancer. The physicians monitor the patient closely during treatment both for tumor regression and side effects.
Medical Physicist: A board-certified medical physicist works closely with the physician to ensure that complex radiation treatment plans are appropriately calculated for each patient. The physicist oversees quality assurance and the safety of the radiation equipment.
Medical Dosimetrist: A board-certified medical dosimetrist uses specialized computer programs to design complex radiation treatments that provide highly conformal therapy to the tumor while minimizing the radiation dose to the neighboring normal tissue structures.
Radiation therapist: Radiation therapists deliver the actual treatment to each patient on a daily basis, confirming proper setup and alignment on the machine. They work with the radiation oncologist to ensure that the radiation treatment is exactly what the physician prescribed.
Nurse: The radiation nurse will see patients throughout their treatment to explain side effects and monitor symptoms with the physician.
At CarePoint Health, the Department of Radiation Oncology offers the latest in radiation techniques and equipment to provide the best possible cancer care to every patient. Beating cancer is CarePoint Health’s mission.
Elekta Synergy® is a state-of-the-art linear accelerator that has real-time imaging capabilities that ensure high precision with each radiation treatment. This technique, called Imaged Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), ensures a high degree of accuracy in delivering the radiation treatment. Our department also has the capability to treat cancers using standard Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) or Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) which have revolutionized radiati
on treatments by shaping the radiation and pinpointing the tumor while reducing the dose to the normal tissues.
Discovery PET/CT is a device that uses positron emission tomography and computed tomography to create rapid and detailed images of each patient’s tissues using low doses of radiation. The team uses this device both to determine the extent of the cancer and to plan the radiation treatment with maximum precision.
- Radiation Oncology at Bayonne Medical Center29 East 29th Street
Bayonne NJ 07002