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  • As Melanoma Treatment Evolves, a Focus on Reducing Side Effects

    December 09, 2019

    By Dr. Omar Eton Melanoma DMT Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Over the past two decades, there has been great progress in understanding the relationship between cancer and the defenses a patient can muster against it. This led to a Nobel Prize for James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo in…

  • Stomach Cancer: Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

    December 09, 2019

    By Dr. Bret Schipper Chief of Surgical Oncology The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center Stomach, or gastric, cancer in the United States is somewhat rare, but it’s important to know the signs and symptoms. According to the American Cancer Society, about 27,500 cases of stomach cancer will…

  • For Plainville Cancer Patients, New PET-CT Scanner Reduces Radiation

    December 05, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in Plainville is now using a General Electric  Healthcare Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) scanner that provides superior image quality while reducing patient scan times, radiotracers, as well as radiation needed. The GE Discovery PET-CT 710 is the highest-sensitivity…

  • Dr. Bret Schipper, New Surgical Oncology Chief, Starts Seeing Patients

    December 03, 2019

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute has announced the appointment of Dr. Bret Schipper as chief of surgical oncology at Hartford Hospital and director of oncologic surgery for the entire Cancer Institute. Dr. Schipper’s areas of interest include hepatobiliary surgery, both benign and malignant; minimally-invasive robotic surgery; soft tissue (melanoma/sarcoma) and gastric…

  • A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Winter Classes, Events

    December 02, 2019

    2019-20 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Winter Calendar Here’s your guide to all of our upcoming fall events: Community Education and Support Programs Bereavement Support Bereavement Support Group Dec. 11 Jan. 8 & 22 Feb. 12 & 26 2- 3:30 pm Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital 326 Washington St.,…

  • Why ‘Hot Chemo’ Can Be More Effective Than IV Against Cancer

    November 25, 2019

    While traditional chemotherapy drips intravenously into the body to circulate and attack deadly cancer cells, a faster, a more effective way of helping people with some cancers is now available at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), the treatment is designed for people with cancers of…

  • Where a Radiation Oncologist Fits in Your Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

    November 20, 2019

    Treating hepatobiliary cancer involves getting the most powerful treatment directly to the source of the disease, which is where the skill of a radiation oncologist often comes in. Dr. Timothy Boyd, a radiation oncologist with Hartford Hospital and part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s team approach to treating pancreatic…

  • Targeted Chemo Treatments Promising for HPB Patients

    November 19, 2019

    Everyone knows the connection between chemotherapy and cancer. It’s treatment and disease. With pancreatic cancer, maybe more than in other cancers, chemotherapy constitutes an integral part of the treatment. Medical oncologists oversee the use of chemo and other systemic treatments in patients with cancer, according to Dr. Rawad Elias, a…

  • Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

    November 17, 2019

    By Diane Avino and Dr. Eric Secor Prostate cancer patients experience specific health challenges after initial diagnosis and treatment, especially those being managed long-term with hormone deprivation therapy such as leuprolide acetate. The effects on a patient’s quality of life can include weight gain, reduced insulin resistance and reduced muscle…

  • Neuro-Oncologist: Here’s How We Treat Brain Tumors

    November 11, 2019

    By Dr. Ahmad Daher Medical Director, Neuro-Oncology Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Patients with gliomas, the most common cancerous brain tumors, have shown only a modest improvement in survival rate despite diagnostic and therapeutic — surgery, radiation and pharmacotherapy — advancements in oncology over the last three decades. Here’s a summary of…


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