Central Nervous System
Treating CNS cancers at
St. Vincent's comprehensive care approach to treating patients with central nervous system cancer (CNS) addresses the medical, surgical and psychological needs of cancer patients and their families.
From diagnosis to treatment to support services and survivorship, our team of surgeons, physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and support staff work collaboratively to determine individualized treatment options leading to the most optimal results for the patient.
A combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy is commonly used to treat cancers of the central nervous system. Each patient’s individual needs are assessed by our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists to determine which combination of treatment options is most appropriate.
Complex CNS cancer cases are often reviewed at St. Vincent's bi-monthly CNS Tumor Specific Conference attended by surgeons, physicians and staff from different disciplines, ensuring the most thorough assessment of these cases.
At St. Vincent’s, patients are assessed on an individualized basis for specialized treatments, including minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), personalized chemotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery or SRS utilizing the Novalis Tx platform.
Patients receiving chemotherapy may receive treatment in our Ambulatory Infusion Center where they will find a warm, healing environment with state-of-the-art medical equipment and experienced, certified oncology nurses.
You will always be treated with compassion and with the philosophy of treating the whole person – mind, body and spirit – not just the cancer. Compassionate care is our mission.
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care is accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
Criteria for accreditation include a relationship with the American Cancer Society (ACS) and a representative from the ACS is a member of our Hospital Committee on Cancer.
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