Treatment & Options
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care
The Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care operates with the philosophy that comprehensive cancer care should be delivered under one roof, seamlessly coordinating a multitude of complex services. Our Cancer Center team offers patients high quality, holistic care with state-of-the-art technology in their own neighborhood. St. Vincent’s multidisciplinary approach to cancer care provides our patients with more treatment options and a unique, personalized experience.
"It’s like a family here and I really felt that family atmosphere and with their care I am still here. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely choose St. Vincent’s again " - Kim, Shelton, CT
Most cancer-related pain can be managed through a well thought-out prevention and treatment plan. In the majority of cancer cases, pain can be controlled. Our approach to cancer treatment includes development of a pain management plan, with our fellowship-trained cancer pain specialists. As the cancer experience differs in each patient, each patient is also unique in their response to pain and medications. Massage, medications, acupuncture, exercise aquatics, and even yoga all contribute to pain management.
Palliative Care for Cancer Patients
Palliative medicine is focused on ensuring the highest possible quality of life for both patient and family. Patients can receive this at any point in their illness. Our team assesses the pain and symptoms, as well as the psychosocial and emotional needs of the patient and, if appropriate, the family, to create a comfortable environment that is as stress- and pain-free as possible.
Radiation Oncology is one of the treatment options for cancer care. Utilizing a team approach to treat cancer, specialists work together and use state-of-the-art technologies to plan treatment methods, monitor effectiveness, and evaluate progress.
Cancer treatments can be difficult on the body, and our rehabilitative services get you back to your life as fast as possible. Our staff includes a therapist certified by the STAR Program® certified therapist for oncology therapy, along with specialists in lymphedema (swelling) treatment. Our program tailors therapies to meet your individual needs with the goal of restoring your abilities.
Medical Oncology is the specialty that deals with the diagnosis, management, and treatment of cancer. The medical oncologist determines the proper choice, most effective dose, and schedule of prescription drugs for chemotherapy and overall health needs.
Surgical Oncology Center
Surgical Oncology promotes the highest quality surgical care through close collaboration with our medical and radiation oncology staff as well as nursing and support staff. This team-based approach allows for comprehensive treatment plans to be developed with the objective of achieving the most positive outcomes for our patients.
Trials and Research
St. Vincent’s Medical Center is committed to medical education and clinical research. We strive to create new benchmarks that help all members of our community to improve their health and well-being.
At St. Vincent’s Medical Center, we conduct tumor board meetings to bring together our multidisciplinary team of oncology surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and radiologists who meet to review and discuss all cancer cases in detail providing patients with more treatment options. Our Tumor Board is an approach that leads to a personalized treatment plan for you - and only you.
Integrative Survivorship Program
At St. Vincent’s, we recognize the strong connection between your mind, body and spirit and how this greatly affects your health and healing. Our Integrative Survivorship Program offers many complementary approaches to traditional cancer treatment to help your body relax, regroup and heal. To learn more about our wide array of programs.
Specialized Inpatient Care
Our inpatient oncology unit is located in the newly renovated space of 9 South of St. Vincent's Medical Center where each patient has a private room.
Oncology care provided on the inpatient unit is focused on quality, safety, and compassion. Specialized care is coordinated through multidisciplinary rounds and continuously updated nursing plans of care. Many of our expert nurses are nationally certified.