Comprehensive Cancer Care
The Cancer Care Center at Dominican Hospital has an inpatient and outpatient oncology unit, as well as the Bennett and Suzy Katz Cancer Resource Center, established to address the unique and complex needs of the cancer patient. Jay Meisel, MD, medical director and radiation oncologist, work in collaboration with numerous departments to ensure the highest level of care is provided to patients.
The nursing staff of Dominican's Cancer Care Center maintains its competency in the administration of chemotherapeutic drugs through completion of required annual classes and skill competencies. Forty-seven nurses are currently certified to give chemotherapy, and 15 nurses maintain national oncology certification.
Dominican has 28 dedicated inpatient oncology rooms, many of which are large suites. These suites are made available to patients who are admitted for long-term care, and those who are experiencing a need for family members to be close at hand. In addition to a spacious waiting room, the unit provides a quiet room that is available for families in times of special need. There is also a large room on the unit that is utilized by weekly cancer support group.
The outpatient oncology unit has 12 dedicated private rooms and 10 individual chairs in two rooms for daily treatments, patient preference and comfort.
The Katz Cancer Resource Center offers a large area designed to handle large groups, such as the tumor board, nursing education events and cancer forums. The center has several smaller areas for group, family or individual patient education, support groups, individual consultations, the nurse navigator and a library area for resource material.
Dominican has an expanding nuclear medicine department that offers diagnostic tools such as bone scan, In 111 tagged white blood cell scan for infection, sentinel node identification, scans using monoclonal antibodies and cardiac wall motion studies for patients receiving chemotherapy.
Therapeutic modalities offered to cancer patients include the use of Strontium-89, Samarium 153 for bone pain and Iodine 131 for thyroid cancer. Along with a Gamma camera, the department has a mobile Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner on site Tuesdays and every other Thursday. This enables the department to enhance the staging of melanoma and lung cancer, identify metastases in many cancers, assist in the work-up of single pulmonary nodules, and identify recurrent lymphoma.
Radiation therapy, located on the Dominican Hospital campus, is staffed by Drs. Jay Meisel and Charlotte Kim, board certified radiation oncologists. The department utilizes a CT simulator and CMS Monaco, a state-of-the-art treatment planning system that allows radiation oncologists to precisely target the tumor while maximally sparing normal surrounding tissue. Three-dimensional anatomic images are generated and a sophisticated dose-calculating algorithm is used to develop precise treatment plans.
Treatment is delivered on an Elekta Infinity linear accelerator that allows physicians to treat with 6 MV or 10 MV photons, or 6, 9, 12, 15 or 18MeV electrons. The linear accelerator is capable of Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), a highly efficient and conformal type of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
The radiation therapy department is managed by Oncure Medical Corp. and staffed by seven trained and licensed Radiation Therapeutic Technologists (RTT) and five office staff. There is also a full-time dosimetrist and a PhD Medical Physicist on site at all times. Patients are seen during normal business hours by the physicians. There is a physician on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.