At age 64, Frank Ricco fought cancer—then found his calling. Frank was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 and went through radiation at AtlantiCare’s Cancer Care Institute, a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner. He’s been in remission for four years and counting.
Through it all, he remained hopeful—and, more important, grateful.
Frank was so inspired by his experience that he wanted to do something in return. So he began driving the van that transports cancer patients to and from AtlantiCare. He still does it today, bringing smiles to the faces of those in need of a little friendly comfort. And he also brings them music. A passionate music fan, Frank makes CDs for the patients he transports. He’s truly doing his part to give back, and we couldn’t be more thankful.
Frank is a valued member of the AtlantiCare team. He’s a symbol of the pride we have in our cancer treatment, and the dedication to great outcomes we share with our patients.
At AtlantiCare, you won’t have to face cancer alone. We offer invaluable support services to help our cancer patients live well during a difficult time. We provide guidance, assistance and support programs, including: Gilda’s Club, Patient Education Classes, Social Workers, Nutritional Services, Palliative Care, Pastoral Care, Hospice and Van Transportation.
AtlantiCare plays an active role in the advancement of cancer research by offering a number of clinical trials for the most promising new cancer treatments.
Learn how to become a proactive patient. Understand your treatment choices. Get the latest news on advances in cancer. If you or a loved one is facing cancer, you’ll want to explore the Cancer Knowledgebase, with separate sections on more than 60 types of the disease.
Visit our Cancer Knowledgebase or click on a link below for more information.
Cancer is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells are often shaped differently from healthy cells, and they reproduce rapidly, forming tumors, despite signals sent from the body to stop.
Cancer Tests and Procedures
Doctors use tests like mammography, MRI, and CT scans to help them screen for, diagnose, and treat cancer. If you have cancer, you may have had one or more of these tests.
Cancer and Nutrition
Making careful food choices will help support your immune system’s fight against cancer. The foods you choose to eat during treatment will vary according to any side effects you may have.
Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Cancer treatment can cause a number of side effects. Learn how to cope with fatigue, loss of appetite, skin problems, and more.
Look here for information on specific types of cancer, from adrenal cancer to thyroid cancer and beyond.
Cancer and Genetics
The human genome contains many types of genes that control cell growth. When these genes have an error in their DNA, they may not work properly. Cancer can develop if many gene errors occur.
After your cancer diagnosis, everything in life may suddenly feel out of control. Your initial thoughts may be "How could this have happened to me?" and "How will I get through this?"
The goals of cancer treatment are to get rid of the cancer; prevent it from recurring; prolong life, and, if necessary, provide palliation, or easing of symptoms to improve quality of life.
Living with Cancer
Newer tests and cancer treatments have added many months and years to people's lives. As a result, cancer is increasingly viewed as a long-term chronic illness.
Children and Cancer
Cancer is a disease that strikes not only adults, but also children. Find out how childhood cancer, diagnosis, and treatment differ from adult cancers.
The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute is a 39,600-square-foot facility in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. It offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, including technology new to the southeastern New Jersey region.
AtlantiCare made the choice to establish a healthy building and a healing environment through the integration of sustainable design and construction practices at the Cancer Care Institute, as well as the integration of beautiful artwork throughout the building.
All our treatment and patient care areas are designed with “green” building technologies and thoughtful amenities that promote a healing environment.
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute Gold Certification for meeting its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards.
We have incorporated the healing arts throughout the Institute’s nature-inspired décor, which features sculptures, paintings and other works of art that create a sense of tranquility and peacefulness for patients, visitors and staff. Our Healing Arts program recognizes the role of the arts in the creation of beauty and serenity within a health care setting. Numerous studies show that clinical outcomes can be enhanced by incorporating the healing arts in the clinical environment.
Private examination rooms provide a quiet place for consultations with your doctors and nurses. Our main chemotherapy area is an open space with large windows that provide expansive views of daylight and nature. Patients receiving treatment have a choice of eight private infusion bays for chemotherapy or the open “buddy bay,” which allows you to enjoy the company of other patients. Our staff provides a high level of personal attention to every patient, explaining what to expect during treatment, answering questions and providing encouraging support.
The private infusion bays and buddy bay are furnished with large, comfortable recliners for patients and flat-screen televisions. Each area also includes extra seating for family members to relax by their loved ones side during treatment.
The AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute has teamed up with Gilda's Club South Jersey to bring the essential components of the Gilda’s Club program closer to the point of treatment – convenient for you and your family.
The Living Room is a satellite of Gilda’s Club South Jersey, offering comprehensive support activities free of charge.
AtlantiCare's Cancer Care Institute offers the following free monthly support groups to cancer patients, their families and caregivers.
The Breast Health Program at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC), which is part of AtlantiCare Women's Health & Wellness, hosts a monthly cancer survivor support group meeting at the Cancer Care Institute. The meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. Registration is required.
The Breast Health Program at ARMC hosts "Look Good...Feel Better®" for newly diagnosed femal cancer patients. "Look Good...Feel Better®" is a national public service program to help women undergoing cancer treatment learn to cope with the appearance related side effects of treatment and regain a sense of self-confidence and control over their lives. The program is founded by The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA), a charitable organization supported by the cosmetic industry's trade association, in partnership with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cosmetology Association (NCA). Attendance is free. Registration is required.
AtlantiCare invites members of the community to join its Cancer Care Community Advisory Group. This group includes those who have been touched by cancer and those interested in making a difference in the lives of those with cancer. The group provides input about AtlantiCare programs and services for those facing cancer.