Urologic Cancers

The Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute oncology team, working closely with specialists at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, is the leader in treating urologic cancers in Connecticut.

As a patient of the Cancer Institute, a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, you’ll also receive access to the most advanced treatment and clinical trials closer to home.

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Diagnosing Urologic Cancers

Depending on the type of urologic cancer, symptoms may not occur until the disease becomes more advanced. Routine screening is essential for early detection and diagnosis.

Early detection also greatly improves outcomes. For information regarding screening options, please contact a nurse navigator.

Free prostate cancer early detection testing is available for men over 40 who do not have a primary care physician.

If screening results or symptoms indicate a potential cancer, your doctor may order one or more of the following tests:

  • Cystoscopy: A narrow tube with a tiny camera is inserted into the urinary tract
  • Ureteroscopy: A small scope inserted into the bladder and ureter
  • Biopsy: The removal and examination of tissue under a microscope
  • Lab tests/blood work
  • Imaging such as MRI, X-ray and CT scan

Treating Urologic Cancers

The Hartford HealthCare team delivers excellent outcomes for people with even the most complex or challenging urologic conditions.

Treatment can include:

  • Surgery, featuring advanced robotic and minimally invasive procedures designed to spare as much of the affected organ as possible, minimize blood loss and infection and offer a speedier recovery.

Our expert team offers such procedures as:

  • Bladder reconstruction: Rebuilding the urinary system using healthy intestinal tissue. Neobladders make urination nearly normal. Diversion with catheterized pouches is also a common surgical technique.
  • Hand-assisted laparoscopic nephrectomy: Hartford Healthcare pioneered this procedure in treating kidney disease. Our surgeons are among the world’s most experienced in robotic partial nephrectomies, allowing the most complex and larger tumors to be removed with a minimally invasive approach.

Urologic Cancers We Treat
A member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, we provide innovative care close to home.

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance

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Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.

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