Cancer Treatment Options
Cancer treatment has made great strides in recent years and patients have many new options to consider. Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute offers the community the most advanced cancer treatment options available in the Philadelphia region. Our cancer care team works closely with each patient, prescribing the best course of treatment after closely considering their specific diagnosis, stage of disease, treatment goals and overall health, lifestyle and personal preferences.
At Doylestown Health, we encourage patients and families to discuss treatment options with our board-certified oncologists and cancer specialists. We offer the latest chemotherapy and infusion therapies, advanced radiation therapies, surgical treatment options, complementary therapies and specialized programs for managing cancer treatment side effects such as lymphedema.
Doylestown Health's hematologist/oncologists evaluate a wide range of treatment options including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted molecular therapy and vaccine therapy, before recommending a plan of care for the best possible outcome. Should you require infusion therapy, Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute's Outpatient Infusion Unit offers a spacious and comfortable environment for patients with cancer or other illnesses to receive infusion medications.
Penn Radiation Oncology Doylestown Hospital is a state-of-the-art facility located in The Pavilion on the hospital's campus. It serves as Bucks County's satellite location for the most advanced radiation therapies available, including Brachytherapy, Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) and Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT). Patients may also obtain special evaluations and direct referrals for proton therapy, GammaKnife® or CyberKnife® at Penn Medicine.
Surgeons at Doylestown Health have extensive and highly advanced treatment options to offer patients with cancer. Doylestown Hospital was the first hospital in Bucks County to acquire the robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgical System® to perform complex minimally invasive procedures.
Many treatments are available as same-day outpatient procedures including: minimally invasive surgery, laser surgery, cryosurgery, stereotactic surgery, radiofrequency ablation, reconstructive surgery and lymph node dissection.
Patients and families have many decisions to make about cancer treatment. Some patients consider non-traditional methods, called complementary medicine, to incorporate into their overall plan of care. These options may include acupuncture to relieve pain, meditation for stress reduction, dietary and nutrition strategies, Reiki therapy or yoga. Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more about complementary approaches.
Cold Capping Treatment
Doylestown Health now offers cold capping treatment to eligible patients using the Paxman Scalp Cooling system. Cold capping is a simple treatment that helps patients keep their hair during chemotherapy. The cold cap works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy and is cleared by the FDA for use with solid tumors. Retaining hair during chemotherapy can provide a feeling of control, positivity and normalcy during treatment. Scalp cooling is relatively new in the United States but has been used for decades in Europe. It is now seen as an identifier of exceptional patient-centric cancer care.
Managing Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
A common side effect of surgery or radiation treatment is called lymphedema. This condition occurs when lymph fluid in the fatty tissues just under the skin builds up and causes swelling, usually in the arms or legs. Doylestown Health offers patients with cancer a comprehensive Lymphedema Management Program to ease and control symptoms.