New Jersey couple Ted and Marianne Colanduno were thrilled to learn about the partnership between MD Anderson and Cooper Health in Camden, N.J.
In 2008, after being diagnosed with a rare liver cancer, Ted followed a friend’s advice and came to Houston for treatment at MD Anderson.
Two weeks later, he returned home. But every six months he was back for follow-up care.
Three years after her husband’s diagnosis, Marianne learned she had a very aggressive form of breast cancer. She opted to stay close to home and be treated by a breast cancer specialist at Cooper Health.
With the 2013 opening of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in Camden, the couple believes they now have the best of both worlds, and the best cancer care available, all conveniently located near their home.
Marianne will continue her care at the center, which is now fully integrated with MD Anderson. And Ted plans to have his follow-ups there.
Like Banner MD Anderson in Arizona, MD Anderson at Cooper is a partner member of MD Anderson Cancer Network™, a program that allows patients across the country to benefit from MD Anderson’s high-quality, multidisciplinary care without traveling to Houston.
“When I heard the news that MD Anderson care was coming to New Jersey, I looked at my wife with a huge grin — this will be the best thing for cancer patients in our region,” Ted says.
The network recently welcomed its first certified member in Connecticut and the first academic member, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of the University of Missouri Health System. At least five prospective certified members may join later this year.