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Rawad Elias, MD

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Hartford HealthCare Medical Group


Medical Oncology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Geriatric Medicine, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty
Hematology / Oncology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Internal Medicine, Board Certified < Not accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Biliary Cancer, Cancer in Older Adults, Colorectal Cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Gastric Cancers, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Geriatric Oncology, Liver Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer

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Office Locations

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute - Hartford, Medical Oncology

    85 Retreat Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.249.6291
    Fax: 860.728.0151

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Windham Hospital - Willimantic

    112 Mansfield Avenue
    Willimantic, CT 06226
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    Phone: 860.456.9116

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital

    85 Seymour Street
    Suite 125
    Hartford, CT 06106
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    Phone: 860.696.0090
    Fax: 860.696.0095


According to the National Cancer Institute, age is the greatest risk factor for developing cancer. Older adults constitute the majority of cancer patients. And they have needs as they go through their cancer journey that they are not addressed through routine care.

That’s where the role of geriatric oncologist comes into play, by doing a comprehensive assessment at initiation of cancer treatment journey, either surgery or chemo or other, and see based on identified deficits how we can support patients throughout their treatment.

Joining us to talk about the care of older patient with cancer is geriatric oncologist Doctor Rawad Elias from the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

Q. Why do you find that more adults over 65 are at such a greater risk of developing cancer?

A. If you are an older adult with cancer, you should know that age is just one factor in your cancer and treatment. The best treatment plan depends on your general health, lifestyle, wishes and other factors. Aging is associated with various conditions that can significantly impact patients’ cancer treatment tolerability and overall prognosis. However, older adults, especially those with aging-related conditions, are underrepresented in clinical trials and therefore often treated in daily practice based on data derived from a younger or fitter patient population. Consequently, older patients are often either over-or under-treated due to limited evidence that guides the management of cancer and its treatments in this patient population.

Q. What can be done to help older adults as they are starting their cancer treatment?

A. A comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) identifies vulnerabilities in older patients that are not detected by routine examination, predicts potential treatment-related complications, estimates survival, and facilitates treatment decisions in older adults with cancer. Impairments identified by the assessment can guide implementation of supportive care interventions with the goal of improving outcomes in older adults with cancer.

Q. Who do you ask for that type of screening? Can it be done with your primary care physician or do you need referral to someone like yourself?

A. At Hartford HealthCare we are working to create a system of care for these patients to make sure they don’t fall through the cracks. We are building something specifically designed for this age group.

Thank you, Dr. Elias, for sharing this information with us. If you would like to get more information call 1-855-HHC-HERE.


Medical School

  • Holy Spirit University of Kaslik MD


  • Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Morristown Medical Center


  • Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Morristown Medical Center


  • Boston University Medical Center, Geriatrics
  • Boston University Medical Center, Hematology-Oncology

Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, CarePartners of Connecticut, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/ Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/ Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.

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