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Genitourinary cancers account for three out of the top five cancers treated at Hartford Hospital.

Our Comprehensive Bladder Cancer Program treats the most bladder cancer cases in Connecticut each year. From treating low-risk bladder cancer patients through caring for patients with high stage bladder cancer, patients choose Hartford Hospital for its advanced surgical treatments and leading-edge medical and chemotherapy treatments. They appreciate the convenience of being treated close to home in our comfortable community hospital setting. Our surgeons have successfully completed several hundred robotic surgeries for urologic cancers, and our fellowship-trained team of urologic oncologists helps patients regain optimum urologic function.


Our Team

A Multidisciplinary Team Treating Bladder Cancer
Our multidisciplinary team of bladder cancer specialists is led by a urologic oncologist who coordinates comprehensive care from medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists and clinical research nurses. Patients requiring ostemies are cared for by a specialized and experienced post-surgical ostemy team. A full range of supports are offered, including biofeedback and other integrative therapies, educational seminars and a patient support group that helps patients and their families know what to expect during treatment and at home.

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Treatment Options

Pioneering Bladder Cancer Surgeries and Treatments
Most bladder cancer patients require surgery, and many are also treated with intravesical therapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. Our bladder cancer surgeons can often reconstruct the urinary system by using a patient’s healthy intestinal tissue. With advanced surgical techniques, they can create orthotopic neobladders that route urine back into the urethra, making urination nearly normal. Continent diversion with catheterizable pouches and ileal conduits are other common surgical techniques used for bladder cancer.

Our surgeons perform over 60 robotic surgeries every year. They pioneered robotic surgery with the daVinci Surgical System, which guides surgical instruments through small incisions using remarkably precise robotic arms. With a three-dimensional computerized view of even the smallest surgical field, surgeons operate with exacting precision to preserve sexual function and continence. Patients also benefit from less blood loss and faster recovery times.

Early stage bladder cancers may be treated with intravesical therapy, placing drugs directly into the bladder while sparing any side effects for surrounding tissues. Immunotherapy including Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy (BCG) is delivered this way, directing the body’s immune system to attack low-stage bladder cancer. Some chemotherapies are also delivered with intravesical therapy.

Hartford Hospital is a regional leader in cancer research, and our specialists participate in studies to advance targeted therapies, gene therapy and photodynamic therapies being developed to treat bladder cancer.

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Patient Resources

  • 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

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