Alessandro D. Santin, MD, is an oncologist who cares for patients with endometrial and other gynecologic cancers. He is experienced with intraperitoneal chemotherapy, which is given through the abdomen to treat ovarian cancer. Dr. Santin also treats patients from Connecticut and beyond who have been diagnosed with uterine serous carcinoma (USC), a highly aggressive and chemotherapy-resistant cancer.
Dr. Santin says his research, which explores cancers of the ovary, endometrium and cervix, as well as tumor immunology and immunotherapy, is driven by a desire to find better treatments for his patients.
“When you see a patient in the office, in the hospital after surgery or after they receive chemotherapy, you really understand that we need to do more,” Dr. Santin says.
Therefore, keeping an honest and open dialogue with patients is key, he says. “I let them know how serious the disease is,” he says. “But if we are upfront about their prognosis, we can also take advantage of cutting-edge treatments that we have available at Yale. Right now, genetics help us better understand the biology of the disease and allow for some patients to use new treatments that can make a difference.”
A professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Santin has been recognized as a "top doctor" in the state by a regional ranking service.