Breast Cancer

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and as the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, offers breast cancer patients in this area more options and more hope.

Breast cancer affects one in eight women in their lifetime, and Connecticut has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the country. The good news is we know more about cancer than ever.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Here are some upcoming community education events:


What We Offer

Our team of experts provides personalized care and the latest treatments and technology in multiple patient-centered locations around the state that guarantees you won’t have to travel far. We offer a wide variety of programs on the continuum of care including integrative therapies, survivorship programs and support groups.

Across all locations at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Program, our board-trained experts follow MSK standards of care. Breast cancer experts meet regularly for case discussion, guaranteeing you the best coordinated care across our system, regardless of the location of your treatment.

More Nursing Care: Our nurses – many of whom are certified by the Oncology Nursing Society to administer chemotherapy and immunotherapy, or earned the distinguished Oncology Nurse Certification - bring a higher level of expertise to your treatment. Our nurse navigators are specially trained in cancer care. They serve as your advocate, coordinate care among your providers, and lend support in securing transportation or connecting you with nutrition experts or social workers as needed.

More Coordination: The Cancer Institute offers a full array of services and the personalized assistance of our nurse navigators who will coordinate your care and guide you along your cancer journey.

More Connection: All care provided through the Cancer Institute is available in an integrated electronic medical record so you and your doctors can access a complete, updated view of your diagnosis and care plan at all times.

More Holistic Care: Backed by the state’s most comprehensive Behavioral Health Network and a variety of complementary therapies, we provide hope and healing for the many emotional issues facing cancer patients. integrative medicine offers services and educational opportunities that enhance the mind, body and spirit.

More Research and Clinical Trials: The charter member of the MSK Cancer Alliance, we bring you earlier access to clinical trials, often at our locations so you do not need to travel into New York City.

Someday, research and other advancements might eliminate breast cancer everywhere. But, today, it starts with better care for you.

From risk assessment and diagnosis through treatment, recovery and survivorship, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is offering more…for you.


Breast Cancer Treatment That Balances Health and Aesthetics

Your health comes first. You’ll find the best available treatment at the Cancer Institute, but we’ll always respect your concerns for physical appearance and body image.

Here are some of the surgical procedures available at the Cancer Institute:

  • Breast Conservation Surgery with Lumpectomy: During a lumpectomy, your surgeon will remove the cancer and a small amount of normal surrounding tissue. Your surgeon will take a minimally invasive and cosmetic approach.
  • Mastectomy with or without Breast Reconstruction: During a mastectomy, your surgeon will remove all of the breast tissue. Simultaneous reconstruction can usually be performed at the same time if you choose.
  • Axillary Surgery: Your surgeon may need to remove some or all lymph nodes under the armpit as part of the operation. This is typically done as part of the surgery and may require a separate small incision under the armpit.

Mammography Locations

At Hartford HealthCare, we have mammography sites throughout Connecticut that are convenient, safe, and suit your busy schedule.

Find a Location

Free Mammography Guide

Download our free guide from the experts at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center to learn about this crucial diagnostic tool and how important it is to overall health.

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Breast Cancer News

October 18, 2021

When a Screening Reveals Breast Cancer: The Next Steps

A cancer diagnosis can feel lonely, but breast cancer patients at Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute approach treatment backed by a [...]

October 15, 2021

How She Endured Cancer in Breast, Ovaries, Lung and Brain

Ingrid Hanka had always been an outdoorsy, healthy, active person. But many relatives on both sides of her immediate family [...]

October 13, 2021

Yes, Men Get Breast Cancer. It’s Linked to This Gene Mutation.

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. While rare, men can get breast cancer [...]

October 01, 2021

Why Monthly Breast Self-Exam Should Start at Age 20

Invasive breast cancer will affect one in eight women in their lifetime, but regular screening can reduce the mortality rate [...]

May 20, 2021

Getting Past Breast Cancer Numbers, Focusing on a New Lifestyle

By Dr. Daniel Morganstern Medical Oncologist Medical Director, Cancer Genetics Program Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute If you have been diagnosed [...]

May 17, 2021

From Breast Cancer to Pancreatic Cancer: Now This Survivor Has a Message at Symposium

No one fights alone. That’s the message behind a June 8 symposium planned by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at [...]

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

We offer the latest treatments through our ongoing membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Alliance, which gives you access to the latest standards of care and clinical trials.

The MSK Alliance

Support at the Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute offers whatever you and your family need on your journey, whether it’s access to an oncology social worker, a nurse navigator to coordinate your care or the support of our Patient and Family Resource Center.

Locations

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65 Memorial Road Suite 410
West Hartford, CT 06107
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330 Western Boulevard Suite 103
Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center
Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center
79 Retreat Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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435 Lewis Avenue Suite 200
Meriden, CT 06451
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584 Norwich Road Suite 200
Plainfield, CT 06374
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Medical Arts Building
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201 North Mountain Road Suite 202
Plainville, CT 06062
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