Medications

Cancer therapy continues to advance with immunotherapy, molecularly targeted drugs and new generations of hormone-mediated treatments that improve survival and quality of life.

There is more hope for cancer patients than ever. At the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, backed by its membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, you can find this innovative care close to home.


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How Chemotherapy Works

Chemotherapy – A drug or combination of drugs given intravenously, orally, as an injection or applied to the skin used to stop or slow the growth of cancer cells. Depending on the type of cancer you have and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can cure it, control it or ease the symptoms.

Your doctor will decide which chemotherapy drug or drugs to use based on your general health, type and location of the cancer and your response to the drugs. Chemotherapy drugs are often given with other medications that control side effects.

The Cancer Institute offers chemotherapy at 13 facilities across the state, making it easy for you to access the treatment close to home.

How Immunotherapy Works

Immunotherapy – A type of therapy that helps treat cancer by restoring, boosting or redirecting your body’s immune system to help fight cancer.

How Biotherapy Works

Biological therapy uses living organisms, or a similar substance created in a lab, to stimulate the immune system’s response against cancer cells. This therapy often causes fewer toxic side effects than other treatments.

How Hormone Therapy Works

Hormone therapy – also called hormonal therapy, hormone treatment or endocrine therapy -- slows or stops the growth of cancers that use hormones to grow. It’s also effective in easing cancer symptoms, particularly in men with prostate cancer who cannot have surgery or radiation therapy.

The type of treatment you need depends on the type of cancer you have, whether it has spread and how far, if it uses hormones to grow and if you have other health problems. Some patients with early stage cancer might not require a medical oncologist on their care team. For them, surgery or radiation therapy is sufficient.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

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

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.


Medical oncologists are central figures in the care of most patients. As physicians, they offer expertise in the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of solid tumors.

At the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, medical oncologists use a big-picture view to help you understand a diagnosis and the types of treatments that are best suited to your case.

Meet our Medical Oncologists:

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Name Specialties Location
Alsamarai, Susan, MD 203.238.7747
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Meriden
Aujla, Amandeep, MD 860.456.5330
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Willimantic
  • Norwich
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Avanecean, Donna M., APRN 860.696.5169
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Berry, Deborah, PA-C 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Fairfield
Boudreau, Emily, PA-C 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Byrne, Brian James, MD 860.621.9316
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Southington
  • Bristol
  • New Britain
  • Plainville
  • Southington
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Chu, Benjamin, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Clement, Jessica Mary, MD 860.533.5830
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Manchester
Couillard, Samantha, PA-C 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Dhanjal, Sandhya A., MD 203.255.4545
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bridgeport
  • Fairfield
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Dubey, Kristi, APRN 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Elias, Rawad, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Garvin, Wendy S., APRN, ANP-BC 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Gomez, Christina Maria, MD 860.482.5384
  • Medical Oncology
  • Torrington
Jagathambal, Kandhasamy, MD 860.886.8362
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
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  • Norwich
Khubchandani, Sapna, MD 860.443.4455
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
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  • Waterford
  • Norwich
  • Norwich
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McClarnon, Susan, APRN, DNP 860.524.2723
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
McDermott, Debbie Anne, APRN, WHNP 860.533.5830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Manchester
  • Avon
  • Farmington
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Menendez, Alvaro, MD 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology / Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
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Nerenstone, Stacy Ruth, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Hartford
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Olugbile, Sope, MD 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Willimantic
  • Willimantic
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Razzaq, Samira, APRN 860.249.6291
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Sandilands, Nicole, APRN 203.874.3830
  • Medical Oncology
  • Bridgeport
Vanderhyde, Joseph, PA-C 860.972.4183
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hartford
Yang, Jie, MD, PhD 860.886.8362
  • Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich

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