Fox Chase Cancer Center held a preview reception at the Elkins Gallery in Doylestown for their new radiation therapy facility in Buckingham Township.Employees and guests gathered to celebrate and discuss the upcoming state-of-the-art extension of the main cancer center campus located in Philadelphia.
"Many of our patients are already coming from Bucks County," said Eric Horwitz, M.D., acting chairman of the department of radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center. "The opportunity to provide cancer treatment facility in your own back yard is just great."
The construction of the new 12,500-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in the spring and will open its doors to patients in July 2009.
The new center will offer state-of-the-art technologies that are proven to fight cancer more efficiently than conventional treatments. The CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery system will provide patients of the Buckingham center with an alternative to surgery. Its image-guidance technology and computer-controlled robotics are designed to continuously track the tumor as it moves with normal human body functions and deliver radiation to anywhere in the body.
Other advanced technologies will also be available to the patients of the Buckingham center for more efficient cancer treatment.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, founded in 1904, has been one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States.
According to Michael V. Seiden, M.D., Ph.D., president and CEO of Fox Chase Cancer Center, a center in Buckingham will allow Bucks County residents greater access to Fox Chase's cancer treatment resources and specialists. "Initiatives like Fox Chase Center at Buckingham are part of the Center's strategy to grow as a national leader in cancer treatment," he said.
The Buckingham center will be part of the Heritage Center at Buckingham, located two miles south of Doylestown and two miles west of Buckingham Village on York Road.