New Brunswick, N.J.- To better serve patients and the greater community, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s  Resource and Learning Center has added the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble NOOK electronic reader to its information offerings.   

The resource center provides information on a variety of cancer topics, including clinical trials, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, research, and nutrition through varied media, such as books, magazines, DVDs and CD ROMs.

Now this information can also be accessed in a more portable manner with the addition of the iPads and NOOKs.  

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The iPads are loaded with books, music, and videos to provide reliable, relevant and current information about all aspects of cancer as well as for entertainment.  Users also will have access to games and the Internet while obtaining treatment.

“The addition of the iPads to our resources will allow me to better serve our patients by helping them to search for information that suits their personal needs,” said Cancer Institute medical librarian Janet Lasin.

“They can then read about it, watch it or listen to it while taking notes and even send this information to their personal e-mail, all from one easy-to-use centralized multi-media tool,” she said.

“These devices especially enhance services for those who are less mobile by allowing for the library to come to them should they be unable to come to the resource and learning center.”

The NOOKs contain books and magazines providing a quick divergence in the waiting room or hours of entertainment during treatment. Many of the uploaded books are also available in hard copy in the resource center, allowing patients to check them out and take them home if they get hooked while reading it on the NOOK.

“It’s exciting to see these devices be so well received by patients of all ages,” Lasin said. “And now when nurses send patients up to the RLC with a ‘prescription for learning,’ instead of having the name of a book or an article on the script, sometimes the slip will simply say, ‘iPad’.”

The devices were purchased with support from Johnson & Johnson and the Karma Foundation.

The institute’s Resource Learning Center, which welcomes both patients and members of the general public, is located on the second floor at Cancer Institute and is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional information can be found at: www.cinj.org/rlc.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention.

CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  

To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.