Mitchell Alden, DO
Doylestown Hospital Cancer Center, Program Coordinator
2005 was a great year for Doylestown Hospital. On November 16, 2006, The Cancer Center of Doylestown Hospital opened....
The opening of the 5,000-square-foot cancer center on the 3rd floor of The Pavilion adjacent to the hospital, not only provides a beautiful facility but allows us to offer even greater state-of-the art cancer care.
The new center is now the heart of Doylestown Hospital’s coordinated cancer care. In addition to physician’s offices, it serves as the central hub for all cancer services at the hospital. Board certified physicians, oncology nursing specialists, a clinical trial team, cancer registry, and breast cancer liaison program all come together in this beautiful center to provide the highest quality care to our patients.
Doylestown Hospital's Chemotherapy/Infusion unit sits in front of a bank of windows, that overlook the pond and hospital gardens. The beautifully decorated suite has space for support groups, counseling, and a conference room with a resource library and Internet access for patients who want to research their disease and/or treatment options. The conference room was a generous gift from Dr. Sirus Zenouzi, in memory of his wife and daughter Puran and Nilufar, who were both cancer patients. Other amenities include flat screen TVs with over 90 channels, internet access at all treatment stations, and a 4’ salt-water aquarium.
2005 saw the continuation of the strong ties that the Doylestown Hospital Cancer Program has with the University of Pennsylvania. Our membership in the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network enables us to participate in a number of clinical trials which feature emerging drug therapies. Doylestown Hospital has accelerated its clinical trials program and now has available national cooperative trials looking at FDA approved drugs in four different tumor types. A clinical trial evaluates treatments to see if a new therapy is beneficial to a particular group of cancer patients. If the treatment works well in a large clinical trial, the treatment regimen may become a standard protocol.
When it comes to cancer diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and follow-up, there is nothing better than having services together in one place. Under the umbrella of Doylestown Hospital, all diagnostic, treatment and follow-up services that cancer patients need are on our Doylestown campus. (The only exception is radiation oncology, which is now offered at the HighPoint campus in New Britain). Additionally, The Doylestown Hospital Cancer Center offers patients the convenience of an on-site oncological pharmacy and pharmacist and a lab with phlebotomist, to facilitate the processing of lab tests. The arrival of the new combined PET/CT scanner offers physicians a powerful tool to track the progress of a patient’s treatment. I am very excited about the high quality cancer care we are able to offer at Doylestown Hospital Cancer Center.