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Frequently Asked Questions About MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital

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1. How are MSK and Norwalk Hospital working together?

MSK and Norwalk Hospital are jointly launching MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital. It is a new way for the medical oncology and radiation oncology practices within Norwalk Hospital’s larger cancer program to deliver care to their patients.

MSK medical and radiation oncologists will work alongside Norwalk Hospital’s current team of oncologists, pathologists, nurses, surgeons, and other clinical staff to care for Norwalk Hospital patients. These doctors — medical oncologist Linda Vahdat, radiation oncologist Daniel Shasha, and physicist Hsiang-Chi (Gary) Kuo — will be onsite at Norwalk Hospital full-time to deliver patient care, alongside Norwalk Hospital’s current team of medical and radiation oncologists.

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2. What are the biggest benefits of this relationship for both hospitals?

The majority of cancer care in the United States is delivered in the community, yet advances and new treatments can take years to become the standard outside of major hospitals. MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital aims to bridge this gap by bringing leading medical and radiation oncology experts from MSK to Norwalk Hospital and implementing MSK’s clinical practice for these two disciplines. This approach will help ensure that Norwalk Hospital patients have access to the best drug- and radiation-based treatment options for their disease, while staying close to home. It will also help MSK to continue to bring high-quality, personalized treatments to patients in their own communities — one of MSK’s larger goals.

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3. How will Norwalk Hospital patients benefit from this new partnership?

Patients at Norwalk Hospital will have access to MSK’s expertise close to home, and Norwalk Hospital will adopt MSK’s clinical practice in medical and radiation oncology. Consistent care in these disciplines will help create the best outcomes for Norwalk Hospital’s patients.

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4. Will patients be considered Norwalk Hospital patients or MSK patients?

Patients treated at Norwalk Hospital will remain Norwalk Hospital patients, though they will have access to MSK facilities for more complex cases and clinical trials, if needed.

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5. Where can I call for more information?

To learn more about MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital, call 203-845-4811 or visit MSKatNorwalk.org.

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