A Howell, New Jersey, medical practitioner, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, provides knowledgeable hematology and oncology care for patients living with cancer and blood disorders. Areas in which Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum has extensive experience include autologous stem cell transplantation, which involves the replacement of the blood stem cells, which are needed to generate new blood cells.
Typically undertaken in tandem with high-dose chemotherapy associated with lymphoma, the process starts before chemotherapy with the collection and storage of one’s own blood stem cells. This requires “mobilization,” or the transfer of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream, and is accomplished via daily injections of G-CSF or a similar naturally occurring growth factor. This stimulates the bone marrow to produce more stem cells than usual and encourages their movement into the bloodstream.
With growth factor injections lasting 7-10 days, side effects are usually minimal and include bone and muscle aches and pains. Once a sufficient number of stem cells have accumulated in the bloodstream, a cell separation device is employed to separate stem cells from blood extracted from one arm before returning the blood to the other arm. This stem cell material is then stored until after chemotherapy when it can be returned to the bloodstream and used to replenish the body’s stores.
Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, an oncologist and hematologist with Regional Cancer Care Associates, LLC, in Howell, New Jersey, has helped others throughout his three-decade medical career. In partnership with Cross-Cultural Solutions, Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum worked with children with disabilities in Guatemala.
Cross-Cultural Solutions operates two major programs in Guatemala. One program focuses on childhood education, while the other focuses on children’s health.
Guatemalan schools lack basic resources and have difficulty retaining students after the sixth grade. These conditions make it difficult for these children to escape poverty. Cross-Cultural Solutions partners with local schools to provide resources for education and support engaging activities and lesson plans.
The health system in Guatemala is underfunded, and Cross-Cultural Solutions works to provide public health services that directly benefit children. Common issues include vision and dental care, as well as improvement of sanitation services locally. Through the installation of hand washing stations and disease prevention workshops, it also works to curb the spread of disease.
Experienced in the fields of hematology and oncology, Kenneth D. Nahum, DO, has spent 30 years providing care for thousands of patients with cancer and blood disorders. In 2006, The Ashley Lauren Foundation (ALF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to pediatric cancer patients, honored Dr. Kenneth D. Nahum, together with his wife and children, for his contributions to the organization.
Monica Vermeulen, the mother of cancer survivor Ashley Lauren, established ALF to help pediatric cancer patients and their families face the daily battles brought about by the disease. Operating independently and with the support of the community in New Jersey, ALF not only provides financial and emotional assistance, but also offers programs, including the following, designed to inspire and encourage the children:
- Hope Bag. During a child’s hospital visit, he or she brings this large tote bag that contains fun items and necessities such as toiletries and healthy snacks. More than the content of the bag, the Hope Bag is meant to bring hope, comfort, and love to a child and his or her family.
- Hospital Parties. ALF partners with different hospitals in the New Jersey area to coordinate holiday and season-themed parties for not only children receiving daily treatments as outpatients, but also inpatients who need to stay a few days for more treatments. The parties are packed with activities, arts and crafts, games, and more.