Dr. Nicholas Blondin will discuss state-of-the-art treatments for brain tumors in older adults at a program next Tuesday at the town’s Bigelow Center for Senior Activities.

The program will take place at 1 p.m. in the center, 100 Mona Terrace.

Blondin, a neurologist, will provide information on the types of brain tumors that can occur in older adults, as well as how they are diagnosed and treated.

Information will also be presented on the latest medical advances and technology currently available for the treatment of brain tumors, according to the senior center.

The most common primary brain tumor is a meningioma. It is typically a benign tumor that arises from the lining of the brain.

The risk of meningioma increases with age, and neurological symptoms can develop depending on the size and location of the tumor, according to publicity for the program.

The majority of meningiomas are found in patients undergoing neuro-imaging for unrelated neurological symptoms, and many do not require specific treatment.

Glioblastoma, or brain cancer, can affect individuals at any age, and is usually detected after the onset of neurological symptoms such as difficulty walking, confusion, or a seizure.

Special considerations for treatment need to be made for older adults because of the risk of treatment-related toxicity.

The best chance of treatment success for brain tumors is a multi-disciplinary approach, including surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and emerging technologies including electrical tumor treating field therapy and biological immunotherapy, the press release states.

To reserve a seat for the free lecture, call 203-256-3166 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m to 3:30 p.m.