The Hartford Hospital’s Cancer program staff utilizes cutting edge technology for delivery of comprehensive cancer care in the setting of highly regarded patient and family support.

Our program focuses on clinical care through multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches, and also embraces the importance of education and research as part of our mission. In addition to nurses, physicians, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists, physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and other staff team members; the patient and family are embraced as important members of the team.

The goals of Nursing are to partner with other healthcare workers and establish caring relationships whereby patient care outcomes are achieved and individualized according to the patient and situation with attention to resource management.

Learn More:  Medical Oncology  |  Palliative Care  |  About the Cancer Program

Medical Oncology
Medical OncologyBliss 5 (B5) is a 26-bed acute medical oncology in-patient unit providing an intra-disciplinary team approach to oncology care for adults. The unit experiences a wide variety of cancer diagnoses including solid tumors to malignant and premalignant hematological disorders. Patients receive chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy and may be at varying stages of treatment or disease processes.
Registered Nurses are trained to administer chemotherapy. Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy & Biotherapy and ONS Radiation Therapy courses offered to staff. Unit Level Clinical Leaders RN’s (staff nurse experts) are available as mentors. Orientation includes a preceptor and clinical oversight by a Master’s prepared Nurse Educator. Many nurses have completed ONS certification and others are encouraged and supported to obtain ONS certification.
For more information please contact: Lynn Thompson, RN, MS, Nurse Manager, Oncology, 860-545-5146

Palliative Care
Palliative CareBliss 5 (B5) is an acute palliative care unit providing acute symptom management for adult patients with a wider variety of diagnosis including cancer, stroke, lung diseases, heart disease, renal disease and multi-system failure.
Patients may require pain management, treatment for dyspnea, nausea, hydration, transfusions, or other symptom management. State of the art pharmacological methods include non-opioid analgesics, non-steroidal anti-flammatory agents, opioid or adjuvant drugs. Other palliative therapies include radiation, relaxation, music, pets, or integrative therapies.
For more information please contact: Lynn Thompson, RN, MS, Nurse Manager, Oncology, 860-545-5146

About the Cancer Program
Patient care occurs along a continuum which is integrated, coordinated, seamless and is supported by an effective operational structure, embracing a collaborative team approach.

The Cancer Program
fosters an environment where decisions are made based on outcome measures and continuous quality improvement. Caregivers create an environment that is respectful and caring and encourage patients to become partners in the determination and delivery of their own care.
Educated consumers are better prepared to take proactive responsibility for their own health. A "user-friendly" environment enhances accessibility and availability of cancer care.
The Cancer Program is a regional leader in meeting community and cancer patient needs by providing flexible, innovative and distinctive programs, and strives to continuously strengthen our program and builds collaborative relationships based upon defined patient needs.