Dr. Andrew Salner

Cancer Expert

Dr. Andrew Salner has been a volunteer for the American Cancer Society (ACS) since 1981. He has served on and chaired nu ...More merous unit, division, and national ACS committees and boards.Dr. Salner has received numerous awards and honors, including the American Cancer Society’s St. George Medal and Lane Adams Quality of Life Award. He was awarded a Fellowship in the American College of Radiology and has written numerous articles and book chapters.His current areas of research include cancer communications for patients and families, cancer early detection for the underserved and preparedness for radiologic terrorism....Less

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What COVID-19 Means For Cancer Patients and Their Care

Dr. Andrew L. Salner, Medical Director of Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, answers some questions of interest to cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Q: Why are people with a cancer diagnosis at a higher risk for COVID-19? A: Many people with a cancer diagnosis are undergoing treatments...

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What’s Behind the Biggest One-Year Decline in Cancer Deaths?

The American Cancer Society recently announced that the cancer death rate in the United States fell 2.2 percent from 2016 to 2017 — the largest single-year decline in cancer mortality ever reported. The cancer death rate declined by 29 percent from 1991 to 2017. Experts attributed the decline in part...

Cancer Survivors

How to Remain Healthy After Cancer Treatment? Here’s the Plan.

Nearly 16 million Americans are now cancer survivors, reflecting the great improvements in early detection and treatment over the past 10-20 years. Interestingly, approximately 66 percent of these survivors are more than five years out since their diagnosis. Approximately 17 percent are 20 years from the diagnosis!  About half of...

Head and Neck Cancer

Why Younger, Healthier Non-Smokers Now Getting Head, Neck Cancer

The “face” of head and neck cancer has changed over the past 5 years, as the cause of these cancers is shifting. An estimated 51,000 new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancers will occur in the United States this year, twice as common in men as in women, and...

Lung Cancer Screening

Lung Cancer Study Leads to New Screening Program

Need to know more about lung cancer? Click here to download your free guide.   Following national research data demonstrating substantial improvements in lung cancer mortality, Hartford HealthCare  researchers completed their own study exploring the feasibility of lung cancer screening in Connecticut. In a landmark study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute,...

Clinical Trial: Lawyer’s Prostate Cancer Now Undetectable

When Gordon Cleland found out he had advanced prostate cancer in January 2017, he said he would do whatever it took to beat the disease. An avid runner and swimmer, the 68-year-old attorney said he was prepared physically to take on the rigors of surgery and treatment. “Truth be told,...

Hartford Hospital

Cancer Patient Treated With New Radioactive Drug at Hartford Hospital

A new radioactive drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year for a type of cancer affecting the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract has been used for the first time in the area by doctors at Hartford Hospital treating a patient with gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors. The new drug,...

HPV Vaccine

STD: New Human Papilloma Vaccine Protects Against Several Cancers

Like many things in science and medicine, the vaccine for the human papilloma virus has evolved. First it was recommended for females age 12 to 26 who had not been sexually active, later for males in the same age group who had not had sex. Recently, however, research prompted the...

Survivorship Visit

What’s a ‘Survivorship Visit’ After Cancer Treatment?

The “face” of head and neck cancer has changed over the past five years because the cause of these cancers is shifting. An estimated 51,000 new cases of oral cavity and pharynx cancers will occur in the United States this year. It’s twice as common in men as in women,...