John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center
The John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, home to the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, is a unique continuum of care driven by advanced technology, supportive resources and the extraordinary dedication of a highly skilled team of compassionate professionals. Our mission is to provide patients and their families with the highest quality cancer diagnosis and treatment where they feel the most comfortable - right here at home, east of the river. Services at the center include education, screenings, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, continuing care, support services, hospice care, and research.
See a full listing of the Cancer education programs offered through the DeQuattro Cancer Center.
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See the radiation oncologists on the ECHN Medical Staff.
Radiation therapy is when high doses of radiation are used to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. The driving force behind the creation of Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, in collaboration with Community CancerCare, was to expand radiation therapy for residents living east of the river. Our radiation services include leading-edge therapies like Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Brachytherapy. IMRT utilizes medical imaging technology to allow radiation to be more precisely focused on tumors. Brachytherapy is a procedure in which tiny radioactive "seeds" are implanted directly into the body, destroying cancerous tissue while having as little impact as possible on healthy tissue. Brachytherapy is currently used to treat prostate and breast cancer with treatment of other site-specific cancers on the horizon.
The John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center features leading-edge radiation therapy procedures such as:
- Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), a highly sophisticated treatment involving software and medical imaging technology to allow radiation to be more precisely focused on tumors
- Brachytherapy, a high-tech procedure in which tiny radioactive "seeds" are implanted directly into the body, reducing the impact of radiation therapy on healthy tissue while destroying the cancerous tissue.
- Nutrition support (individualized nutrition plans based on each person's need and lifestyle to help boost the immune system)
- Social services (to help with the emotional and financial stresses of cancer)
- Pain management (to help relieve the discomfort from cancer or its treatment)
- Pastoral care (for spiritual needs)
- Hospice care (to support and care for terminally ill patients)
- Home care (to help with symptom management, rehabilitation, and coping skills, among others)
- Information about cancer