There's a new, closer option for you if you don't want to drive too far for quality cancer consolation, treatment and care.

Hackensack Meridian Health announced that they've opened up a new facility in Toms River.

They held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday at the new Toms River Regional Cancer Center, located across the street from  Toms River Intermediate North middle school.

It's part of an affiliation with HMH's John Theurer Cancer Center located at Hackensack University Medical Center.

This helps you and your loved ones as well with care as HMH said that patients in the Toms River area will be able to receive that same level of top quality care through the expertise of various physicians, innovative technology and care as well as clinical trials.

You can get a quick look at the new Toms River center and learn more about the services they offer, on the HMH YouTube channel.

“One of the major goals of our network is to make sure that every New Jersey resident has access to high-quality compassionate care that’s accessible and convenient,’’ Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, said in a statement. “Through this affiliation, Regional Cancer Care Associates and John Theurer Cancer Center bring an exceptional lineup of oncologists, surgeons and other specialists offering groundbreaking treatment and access to hundreds of clinical trials.’’

Through the Toms River center, HMH said that you be able to have better access to Jersey Shore University Medical Center surgical services and Centers of Excellence in lung, esophageal and hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB) cancer as well as the surgical team in endocrine, breast, colorectal and gynecological oncology.

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“We are living in a time where cancer care is getting more and more complex,’’ Dr. Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman and executive director of John Theurer Cancer Center, said in a statement. “The affiliation with the John Theurer Cancer Center will give patients in the Toms River area access to subspecialized care and research. We will work together to provide more options including clinical trials when needed to patients in the Toms River Community.”

“There’s been a need in this area for high quality cancer care. By bringing well-trained, compassionate physicians to this area, along with the affiliation with John Theurer Cancer Center, we are bringing expertise of a large health system and giving people the same quality of care,” Carl Henningson, M.D., co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center, said in a statement.

“The affiliation with John Theurer Cancer Center will help provide world-class care to the local community while connecting patients to Centers of Excellence for multiple tumor types,” Thomas L. Bauer II, M.D., chair of Surgery and chief of Thoracic Surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said in a statement. “When patients need surgery, access to those Centers of Excellence will make them more likely to undergo minimally invasive procedures, get out of the hospital faster, experience less pain and fewer complications, and return to work sooner.”

“The last thing patients want to do is drive far to receive radiation or chemotherapy. Here they are treated by nurses that are second to none and staff that get to know them and their families on a personal level,” Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, FACP, co-director Toms River Regional Cancer Center, said in a statement.

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