Windham Hospital Breast Program

The Windham Hospital Breast Program is part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, which is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance. We offer the latest treatments and technology, outcomes that exceed the state and national average, and a wide range of services close to home for patients.

WindhamExt013a-1175x600.jpgThe Windham Hospital Breast Program offers the best in breast care services for our patients and their families. We focus on providing attentive, personalized care, offering support and guidance throughout the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and on into recovery and survivorship. If you need services that are not offered on the Windham campus, we will coordinate with our Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute staff to provide all that you need. Our patient-focused care, coupled with our clinical expertise, our nurse navigator and our convenient location, help our patients to feel at home while being treated close to home.



Program and Services

Our team includes primary care and OB GYN physicians, radiologists, pathologists, breast surgeons, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, a nurse navigator and a wide range of support staff that provides everything from counseling, nutrition and physical therapy to financial advice. At the center of it all: patients and their families.

We offer:

  • Highly trained, caring physicians, nurses and other clinicians speciallyrecruited for their expertise and qualifications
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • An integrated, multidisciplinary approach to ensure efficient,comprehensive care
  • Regular Breast Cancer Case Conferences attended by a multidisciplinarycore team of surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists andpathologists to discuss breast cancer cases and collaborate on developingthe most effective treatment plans
  • Personal attention from a registered nurse who will coordinate your care
  • Access to a variety of clinical trials
  • Genetic counseling and testing services 
  • Access to the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, a comprehensive screening program for medically underserved women

Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Surveillance Program

The Windham Hospital Breast Program provides an array of breast care services starting with a program to identify people that may be at increased risk for breast cancer. Our approach to risk assessment and surveillance engages a team of experts including specialists in radiology, pathology, surgery, medical oncology and cancer genetics. 

We offer a comprehensive risk assessment based on nationally approved criteria, and we provide the most appropriate personalized surveillance plan for patients at increased risk of breast cancer, based on the specific risks identified. Patients have the option to be followed by our Risk Assessment and Surveillance Program clinicians.

Radiology

Like many breast programs, we offer top quality mammography, ultrasound, diagnostic imaging and MRI. Our breast radiologists are fellowship trained to ensure that breast images are evaluated by experts. Our services are conveniently located and we offer a comfortable setting for care whether it be an annual screening mammogram or sophisticated diagnostic imaging services.

Pathology

Our experienced pathologists are the expert clinicians, reviewing samples, making diagnoses and providing fast and accurate reports to physicians that will be used to manage patients’ care. 

Surgery

Our surgeons care for patients with a variety of needs: those who may want a risk assessment consultation, patients with benign breast disease such as cysts or other non-cancerous lumps and those who have been diagnosed with cancer. They work with each patient to discuss the most effective approach to treatment as well as each patient’s personal preferences.

Procedures offered include:

  • Breast Conservation Surgery/Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Axillary Node Dissection
  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
  • Breast Reconstruction at one of our Hartford HealthCare Hospitals

Medical Oncology

Our medical oncologists have extensive expertise in breast cancer treatment, and provide the very best care, right in the community. They treat patients with chemotherapy, hormonal therapy and when appropriate, new immunotherapy regimens. Treatment may be provided before surgery in some cases or after as needed. Our new infusion center offers the latest treatments in a comfortable, relaxed setting with onsite access to clinical trial medications. The oncology practice at Windham Hospital stays in touch with primary care providers and other physicians on the patient’s care team to ensure that they are kept informed on their patient’s progress. 

Radiation Therapy

Patients are referred for radiation therapy including hypofractionation breast radiation, which for eligible patients, reduces the overall number of treatments for certain breast cancers by 50%. Many patients experience fewer side effects and better quality of life with the shorter course of radiation therapy. Hartford HealthCare offers the latest linear accelerator technology, which allows us to pinpoint tumors with great

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials offer treatments that may be the best option for many patients. Through the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, Windham breast cancer patients have access to the latest clinical trials, close to home.

To view our clinical trials, visit https://hartfordhealthcare.org/services/cancer-care/clinical-trials.


Survivorship

After active treatment ends, breast cancer survivors naturally have concerns about ongoing wellness. Our survivorship program is designed to care for patients beyond their cancer treatment. Patients stay connected to supportive care with a comprehensive summary of their medical records, post-cancer surveillance recommendations and detailed wellness care plans. Our program focuses on easing the transition from active treatment to recovery.


Support Services During and After Treatment

Nurse Navigator

Our nurse navigator guides patients throughout treatment and after, when they are getting back to a normal routine. Nurse navigators help patients arrange appointments with specialists and other care providers, they help to explain treatments and answer questions and they provide educational information and emotional support. Windham Hospital’s nurse navigator can be reached at 860.456.6896. 

Counseling

Individual and family supports are an important part of recovery. Social workers, psychotherapists, nutritionists, and even financial counselors are available to assist patients during their treatment and after as needed.

Boutique Services

Our staff can assist with resources for obtaining mastectomy products, lymphedema sleeves, wigs, scarves, hats and caps. We offer information on local shopping options for a wide range of products for patients during treatment and after.

Genetic Counseling

The role of genetics has become an important part of breast cancer care. Our licensed, certified genetic counselors review family medical history, discuss the role of genetics in cancer and order genetic testing when appropriate. 

They may meet with patients to identify those at increased risk of breast cancer or work with newly diagnosed patients who may carry a genetic mutation. Options for managing genetic risks are discussed by the counselors and patients are navigated to the providers that will help them make key decisions about their care. 

Cancer Physical Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Management 

Physical therapy helps patients to understand post-surgery sensations and treats range of motion problems and the restoration of strength and flexibility after surgery. It is also important for the early identification of lymphedema, which is arm and hand swelling that may be caused by breast cancer surgery involving the axillary lymph nodes. Early and careful management of lymphedema can reduce symptoms and prevent it from worsening over time. Our convenient local network of breast cancer physical therapists and lymphedema specialists provides easy access to services. 

Integrative Therapies 

Healing that combines treating the body while caring for the mind and spirit can provide many benefits for cancer patients. We offer a variety of integrative therapies to promote overall wellness and ease side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Integrative therapies like Reiki, acupuncture and therapeutic touch are available.

Support Groups 

We offer support options for our breast cancer patients to meet many different needs.

They include: 

  • Individual counseling and support groups 
  • Assistance with insurance and financial matters 
  • Dietary guidance 
  • Spiritual support and healing programs through the arts 
  • “LOOK GOOD ... FEEL BETTER” - This American Cancer Society program offers hands-on, self-help instruction and education for woman experiencing cancer treatment related side effects. To register, call 1.800.227.2345.

In Our Community

Outreach for Breast Cancer Prevention 

Ultimately, eliminating breast cancer means caring for the entire community through breast cancer prevention and early detection programs. 

Our Breast Program's outreach programs emphasize education about: 

  • Maintaining breast health with self-exams 
  • When to schedule mammograms 
  • How to assess personal risks for breast cancer 
  • How to access providers and services to address breast health concerns

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s Mobile Mammography Program brings convenient high-tech digital mammography to women in our local communities. Grant funds and charitable donations help pay for the mammograms of those in need.


Meet our Windham Hospital Breast Program Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Stuart, Regina, MD, FACS
860.423.5000
  • Breast Surgery
  • General Surgery
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  • Willimantic
  • Plainfield
  • Putnam
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