Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute | Genitourinary Cancer Program

The Program  |  Treatment Options  |  Patient Resources  |  Types of Cancers

Patients with urologic cancers (bladder, kidney, prostate or testicular cancer) find the most advanced surgical procedures and the latest medical treatments at Hartford Hospital’s Genitourinary Cancer Program.

Our team of doctors and specialists helps patients regain optimum urologic function for long-term quality of life.

The Program

A Multidisciplinary Team
Our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists is led by a urologic oncologist who coordinates care from medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and clinical research nurses. Complex urologic oncology cases are presented at our tumor board meetings, where a highly specialized cancer treatment team comes to a consensus on the best plan of care. Our treatment team ensures you know what to expect during your treatment and at home, offering a full range of supports from biofeedback and other integrative therapies to educational seminars and patient support groups.

Treatment Options

Treating Urologic Cancers
Many urologic cancers require surgery and/or radiation treatments. Comprehensive care is important, including exacting pathology analysis and active surveillance for issues like elevated PSA levels. With the most comprehensive treatment programs in Connecticut, Hartford Hospital offers the latest drug therapies and leading-edge medical technologies. We treat the largest number of prostate cancer patients in Connecticut – as many as 600 a year.

Pioneers in Robotic Surgery
Exacting surgical precision is important to preserving sexual function and continence. Our surgeons were early pioneers of robotic prostate surgery with the daVinci system. Requiring only small incisions, our surgeons get a three-dimensional computerized view of even the smallest surgical field. They guide surgical instruments using remarkably precise robotic arms. Patients experience less blood loss from this highly accurate surgery, recover faster and get back to their normal lives more quickly.

Advanced Medical Technologies
Our team has all of the latest medical and surgical technologies at their disposal, including MRI spectroscopy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT). New 3-D conformal radiation therapy delivers radiation treatments with intense precision, minimizing radiation damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Another breakthrough in urologic cancer treatment is brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Even more precise than “gamma knife” radiosurgery, with brachytherapy radioactive seeds are implanted in the prostate gland, emitting low-dose radiation over several weeks or months. Using temporary brachytherapy, tiny catheters deliver highly radioactive iridium-192 seeds to the tumor. Advanced computer technology controls how long each seed remains in each catheter—from fractions of a second up to many seconds. By selectively controlling radiation doses in different regions of the prostate, temporary brachytherapy can spare the urethra from radiation damage.

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Patient Resources

Urologic Cancer Resources
Nurses and social workers at Hartford Hospital provide medical, psychological and emotional counseling. They can help you through the tough times and provide guidance and advice after you've completed your treatment. Hartford Hospital also offers support groups, including the first Prostate Cancer Support Group in the Northeast, as well as on-line support through CHESS, the Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System.

Learn more about the Imaging Center
Learn more about the Comprehensive Bladder Cancer Program
Learn more about the Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Program

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Types of Cancer

  • Bladder Cancer

    Our Comprehensive Bladder Cancer Program treats the most bladder cancer cases in Connecticut each year. From treating low-risk to high risk, patients choose Hartford Hospital for its advanced surgical treatments and leading-edge medical and chemotherapy treatments.

  • Prostate Cancer

    The Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center treats more prostate cancer cases each year than any other center in Connecticut – as many as 600. Patients choose Hartford Hospital for its advanced surgical procedures and leading-edge medical treatments.