Mesothelioma Cancer Centers
Established in 1854, Hartford Hospital is a leading medical center in central Connecticut. The Federal Government, US News and World Report, Solucient, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the National Cancer Institute have all recognized this innovative health care institution as a facility that strives to provide optimal care for patients. The hospital, which is affiliated with the University of Connecticut Medical School, has become one of the largest medical centers in the Northeast with approximately 35 operating rooms, 819 beds, and over 7,000 nurses and staff members.
The U.S. News & World Report credited Hartford Hospital with the highest rating in 2009-10 after conducting an extensive research program to identify the most prestigious hospitals in the United States. It was ranked as one of only 174 hospitals in the medical industry to reach this level of prestige after an extensive screening of 4,861 health care facilities. Hartford’s physicians are credited as the most experienced in their field, and are nationally recognized for their excellence.
Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2004, Hartford Hospital has provided extraordinary health care service for over 185 years and has been a proven leader in caring for the most critically injured patients as a Level I Trauma Center. The hospital’s status was elevated in 1967 after Christiaan Barnard successfully completed the state’s first heart transplant operation, transplanting the heart from a head trauma victim into a dying man with ischemic cardiomyopathy. Hartford Hospital has also pioneered the use of robotic surgery. In 2006, Dr. Joseph Wagner became the director of the hospital’s robotic surgery program which, to date, has performed the most robotic surgeries of any hospital nationwide with one robot. Physicians at the hospital have used these technological advances to perform robotic prostatectomies, urological, cardiac, and gynecologic procedures. Hartford Hospital now operates a second robot in a collaborative effort with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Hartford also operates, LIFE STAR, Connecticut’s only air ambulance system that transfers patients to hospitals throughout New England and New York.
Mesothelioma Treatment at Hartford Hospital
The Thoracic Oncology Program at the Hartford Hospital is a part of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. It is one of the largest cancer programs in the Northeast with experienced cancer specialists and innovative treatment procedures. Experts in the thoracic oncology program work together to treat lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and other forms of disease in the chest and lungs, including mesothelioma.
Although mesothelioma can be difficult to diagnose, doctors at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center have a variety of diagnostic tools available to enable them to thoroughly evaluate a patient’s condition and make an accurate diagnosis. If mesothelioma is suspected, they will perform an extensive review of personal history to determine where asbestos exposure may have occurred.
Specialists from the Thoracic Surgery, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pulmonary Medicine, Pathology, Radiology and other departments necessary work as a team to analyze each patient’s medical history. From there, a determination can be made as to the severity of the disease and an appropriate treatment plan outlined. Depending on the stage at which the disease is diagnosed, doctors may suggest surgery chemotherapy or radiation or some combination of the three as treatment options.
The cancer center at Hartford Hospital offers many new developments in technology. Video assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), laser therapy and stents, and robotic surgery have brought great advances to the techniques used by an experienced group of specialists within the department to perform thoracic surgery on patients. The Thoracic Oncology program has attracted patients from all over Connecticut and Western Massachusetts as it has an established reputation for providing excellent care and support to cancer patients and their families. Counseling, social services, integrative therapy, nutritionists, pastoral and other support groups make this center a desirable choice for cancer treatment in Connecticut.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
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Hartford Hospital-Thoracic/Lung Cancer Program