The mission of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is to treat and cure cancer patients with integrated multidisciplinary clinical programs, cutting edge research, and personalized supportive teams of caregivers include the following:
- medical and surgical oncologists
- radiation oncologists
- gynecological oncologists
- urologic oncologists
- head and neck surgical and medical oncologists
- plastic and reconstructive surgeons
- pathologists specialized in each group of cancers
- a geneticist and genetic counselors
- nurse practitioners
- physician assistants
- physical and speech therapists
- rehabilitation specialists skilled in the areas of swallowing and hearing restoration
- advanced practice nurses
- social workers
- patient advocates
A group of experienced nurse navigators guide patients through each care specialty, so they have someone to explain procedures, make sure that all necessary tests are done and help keep patients from being overwhelmed, particularly those recently diagnosed with cancer. We address the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their families – an integral part of caring for cancer patients in any top-tier cancer treatment program in the world.
The Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center is unique among cancer centers in the area in offering the following services:
- Communicate through multidisciplinary team discussions (Tumor Board meetings) where each patient’s individual treatment plan is designed
- Palliative care program to support families and patients in managing symptoms of cancer treatment
- Clinical Trials: One of the distinctions between a major university center and the care received at non university hospitals is the availability of new therapies. The Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center provides access to new therapies through its participation in national cooperative group trials, phase II consortia, industry sponsored trials and novel therapeutic agents that have been developed at the University of Connecticut.
- Less invasive surgeries through minimally invasive approaches including robotic surgery.
- Provide fertility consultations to preserve fertility in young patients diagnosed with cancer.
- Offer new avenues of plastic and reconstructive surgery that deliver previously unattainable cosmetic and functional outcomes.
- Staying connected with others helps patients understand the nature of their problems and allows them to seek solutions more openly. It also improves quality of life and restores hope. We offer support groups that help these connections and builds upon the community that boosts patient’s spirits.
We urge you to contact any member of our team. They are, without exception, well-trained and well-qualified to care for all patients with cancer. We look forward to serving you.
Susan H. Tannenbaum, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Molly A. Brewer, D.V.M., M.D., M.S.
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Robert J. Dowsett, M.D.
Chief, Radiation Oncology
Carl Malchoff, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Endocrine Neoplasia
Biree Andemariam, M.D.
Director, New England Sickle Cell Institute
Director, Connecticut Bleeding Disorders Center
Jonathan Harrison, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program