McGivney Cancer Center-New Haven

The McGivney Cancer Center has been a premier, full service facility that has been serving our community in the current building since 1994.  Since the inception of cancer services at St. Raphael in 1955, this facility has been committed to providing state of the art cancer care in a warm and supportive atmosphere. There are 5 physicians with subspecialty interests serving the needs of our patients.  Radiation Oncology services include a broad complement of services including 3 linear accelerators, 16 slice CT Simulation,  Cyberknife robotic radiosurgery, high and low dose rate brachytherapy as well as a variety of other specialized procedures.  The facility offers VMAT (volumetric modulated arc therapy) and is fully integrated utilizing the MOSAIQ record and verify system.  All of the department’s functions are fully computerized and integrated including all charting utilizing an electronic medical record, treatment planning, scheduling and all quality assurance procedures. 

Our treatment planning is performed by a dedicated staff of 3 full time dosimetrists supported by a staff of 5 full time physicists.  There are a variety of computerized planning systems available for use and each system is tailored to the specific needs of the individual being treated.  Systems include a Monaco workstation utilizing state of the art Monte Carlo planning algorithms as well as CMS Xio planning system with multiple Focal work stations in each physician’s office.  In addition the department utilizes MIM 64 bit software which enables advances fusion of images including CT, MRI, PET and angiography.  This system also allows fusion of doses therefore allowing precise dose calculation in situations where patients have received multiple courses of treatment.  The system also utilizes adaptive re-contouring and atlas based auto contouring tools.

Numerous multidisciplinary specialized tumor boards are held where individual attention is given to cases, and opinions are given in a multispecialty environment.  A video conferencing system is utilized to enable participation of physicians working at other network facilities.

There are a variety of programs available to meet the needs of the people we care for including nutrition, social services, pastoral care and numerous support groups for patients and families.  The Looking Forward Program extends our support programs to include yoga, energy balancing, guided imagery, holistic nutrition, medical pilates and more.  There is a specialty shop in the lobby of the facility.

Above is a brief description of some of the vast capabilities of the facility whose mission is to deliver the best cancer care available in an atmosphere that supports the needs of the people we care for and their families.