St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center
At St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center, in the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, a multidisciplinary team of caring experts provides patients and their families with a full spectrum of treatment options. We treat you or your loved one with the personalized, compassionate care you deserve—right here, close to home.
Caring, Collaborative Team
Our collaborative team sets us apart. The Center is comprised of a neuro-oncologist, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, neuro-radiologists and pathologists. The neurosurgeon removes the tumor or performs a biopsy, the radiation oncologist provides radiation therapy, and the neuro-oncologist or medical oncologist provides chemotherapy and symptom management. Comprehensive support services include physical therapy and rehabilitation, social work, nutritional support, mental health, pharmacy and palliative care services.
Applying our individual expertise to your particular type of cancer, together we determine the best course of treatment for you. We understand your cancer journey is very personal, which is the way we care for you while you’re here at St. Vincent’s. We care for your family, too, offering emotional support and giving them a voice in your treatment options.
You can expect to receive personalized, state-of-the-art care in a warm, friendly and compassionate community setting.
We treat primary brain tumors, brain metastases and neurological complications of cancer. At St. Vincent’s, you are assessed on an individualized basis for specialized treatments that include:
- surgery utilizing the Stealth neuro-navigation system
- image guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
- intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
- personalized chemotherapy at Ambulatory Infusion Center, utilizing state-of-the-art medical equipment by experienced, certified oncology nurses
- stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) utilizing the Novalis Tx platform
Integrative Oncology 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. At our Integrative Oncology Center, we offer many integrative medicine approaches in addition to traditional cancer treatment to help your body relax, regroup and heal. To learn more about our wide array of programs, please click here.
Research and Clinical Trials
At St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center, we are engaged in medical research. We are associated with NRG Oncology, the leading national clinical trials consortium in the United States. Clinical trials are offered through partnership with Associated Neurologists of Southern Connecticut. Basic and clinical research is also performed through affiliation with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.
For up-to-date information on our current research trials, please click here.
Brain Tumor Research Fund
The “Brain Tumor Research Fund” within St. Vincent’s Medical Center is intended to provide financial support to clinical research projects focusing on brain tumors. Projects must receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from St. Vincent’s Medical Center prior to being eligible to receive funding. It is anticipated that the projects will be done in collaboration between the St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center faculty, and students from the Quinnipiac-Netter School of Medicine or St. Vincent’s medical residency program. 100% of donations to the Brain Tumor Research Fund are used to fund our research projects to develop new treatments against brain tumors. Donations are tax deductible.
How to Donate:
Donations in any amount should be made by check, payable to “St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Research Fund” and mailed to:
Brain Tumor Research Fund
c/o Nicholas Blondin, MD
75 Kings Highway Cutoff, 5th Floor
Fairfield, CT 06824
Contact Dr. Nicholas Blondin (email@example.com or 203-333-1133) for more information.
For more information about St. Vincent’s Brain Tumor Center and the Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Center for Cancer Care, please contact us at (203) 576-6235. To contact Nicholas Blondin, MD, who leads our Brain Tumor Center program, please call (203) 333-1133.
Dr. Blondin is a member of the medical board for the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, a local non-profit offering patients and survivors support.