Division of Neuro-Oncology
at Rhode Island Hospital
Main Building, 593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
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The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established Commission on Cancer standards.
Rhode Island Hospital has also been designated a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. This designation recognizes the center for excellence in the treatment of brain cancers, as well as acute leukemia and esophageal, gastric, liver, pancreatic, rectal and thyroid cancers.
The division of neuro-oncology, in collaboration with the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Rhode Island Hospital, provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment for patients with tumors of the brain, spine, and peripheral nervous system. We also treat neurological complications that result from the treatment of systemic cancer.
Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Care
The division of neuro-oncology takes a multidisciplinary approach, involving the collaboration of physicians and health care professionals from neuro-oncology, neurosurgery, radiation oncology, neuropathology, psychiatry, nursing and social work. The multidisciplinary approach to care allows patients to benefit from a broad range of clinical expertise and from recent advancements in surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and neuro-diagnostics.
Patient Review Board
The multidisciplinary team of physicians and other medical professionals meet to discuss the circumstances of a patient's condition and treatment in a weekly neuro-oncology tumor board. These interdisciplinary meetings ensure that treatment plans are individually tailored to each patient's needs.
Outpatient and Inpatient Services
The division's outpatient and inpatient services include:
Cancer Clinical Research
As part of our commitment to academic achievement and to providing state-of-the-art care, we offer patients the opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical research trials. These range from very large studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies, which are intended to define new standards of care, to studies designed by members of our faculty to investigate promising new treatment approaches. The patient's neuro-oncologist will discuss participation in a trial if the patient is a potential candidate.