Bladder, Kidney, and Prostate Cancer Program

Patients with cancer of the prostate, bladder, kidney or any other organ that is part of the urinary system in men and women, and male reproductive health, receive expert care at the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Led by Peter Albertsen, M.D., chairman of the Division of Urology and an internationally-recognized leader in treatment of prostate cancer, the program provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care. In addition, Dr. Albertsen and his faculty are engaged in some of today’s most promising research to improve care for all patients.

Throughout his career, Dr. Albertsen has literally set standards for the treatment of men with prostate cancer. He has published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals about appropriate treatments, including a landmark article in the prestigious Journal of American Medicine about the benefits of “watchful waiting” for men with localized, low-grade prostate cancer.

Under Dr. Albertsen’s direction, the Division of Urology offers complete diagnostic and treatment services for men and women with genitourinary problems.

Patients with prostate cancer are seen by Drs. Albertsen and Carl Gjertson, who has expertise in robotic surgery. In addition, Drs. Albertsen and Gjertson work closely with UConn’s Division of Radiation Oncology which offers TomoTherapy – the most advanced radiation oncology system in a generation. UConn is the only site in Connecticut to offer TomoTherapy.

Dr. Gjertson also provides care for patients with kidney cancer and cancer affecting the adrenal glands. Patients with bladder and kidney cancers are seen by Dr. John A. Taylor, who has been recognized by many national groups, including the American Cancer Society.

Working closely with the Division is Dr. Jessica Clement, a medical oncologist with special interest in the treatment of bladder and prostate cancers. Advances that have been made in the treatment of bladder cancer, in particular, have been in the use of chemotherapy, thus placing a greater importance on the role of medical oncology.

Currently Drs. Clement and Taylor are establishing a regional chapter of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network that will meet at UConn Health and will be the first community support group in the Northeast for bladder cancer patients, their families and their caregivers.

Like Dr. Albertsen, Drs. Taylor and Gjertson trained at the Columbia University Medical Center, which offers one of the most prestigious residency programs in urology in the country. Dr. Clement trained at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Genitourinary Cancer Information

Please follow the links below to obtain up-to-date information from the National Cancer Institute. These links delve into cancer prevention, detection and treatment, and provide a wealth of additional resources.

Request an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 800-579-7822 or 860-679-2100.

Bladder Cancer Support Group

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