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  • 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…

  • HER-2 Gene: This Aggressive Breast Cancer Requires Targeted Treatment

    November 11, 2019

    Click here  for a callback from a breast health nurse navigator. All breast cancers are not structured, and therefore not treated, the same, which is why doctors test tissue removed during biopsies to determine the type and stage of the disease. All tissue is also tested for what is called…

  • Why There’s Improved Outlook for Myeloma Patients

    November 08, 2019

    By Dr. Peter Byeff The prognosis for multiple myeloma is gradually improving as a result of new and improved therapies. Multiple myeloma, which causes cancer cells to accumulate in bone marrow, can affect people of all ages, although the average age of onset is the sixth decade of life. New treatments including…

  • A New Way to Remove Precancerous Lesions from GI Tract

    November 05, 2019

    Tiny lesions rooted deep inside the intestinal tract might sound deadly and, in the past, they might have been. But, thanks to a new technique being done at Hartford HealthCare, many patients are leaving the operating room cancer-free. Dr. Vaibhav Mehendiratta, a gastroenterologist with Connecticut GI who is affiliated with…

  • Breast Cancer: How to Know if You’re at Risk?

    November 04, 2019

    By Katherine Del Prato Family Nurse Practitioner Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Millions of women and men have faced a breast cancer diagnosis. This year alone, 268,600 women and 2,670 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. When that person is a family member or friend, you may wonder what you can…

  • How Surveillance Program Can Make a Difference When Breast Cancer Risk is High

    November 04, 2019

    One important way women at increased risk for breast cancer can monitor their health is by participating in Hartford HealthCare’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Surveillance Program. A variety of factors can may contribute to a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, including: A strong family history of breast cancer….

  • A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Fall Classes, Events

    November 01, 2019

    2019 Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Fall Calendar Here’s your guide to all of our upcoming fall events: Community Education and Support Programs Bereavement Support Nov. 27 2- 3:30 pm Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital 326 Washington St., Norwich, Conference Room 2 To register, call 1.855.HHC.HERE (1.855.442.4373) Brain Tumor…

  • Connecticut’s Two Leading Health Systems Partner to Bring New Cancer Treatment to State

    October 23, 2019

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC) and Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) today announced a plan to work together to bring proton beam therapy — a highly advanced form of radiation treatment for cancer – to Connecticut. HHC and YNHHS will seek approval from the state Office of Health Strategy to move…

  • Mammogram? Let a Women’s Health Coordinator Be Your Guide

    October 10, 2019

    Whether it’s a woman’s first or the fifth, having a mammogram can bring a flood of emotions and anxiety. Patients face unfamiliar, sometimes uncomfortable equipment designed to detect abnormalities in the breast. If a mammogram reveals a cause for concern, many women’s minds race as they wait with uncertainty and…

  • New Twist for Cancer Survivors: Exercise Makes a Difference

    October 08, 2019

    So much of cancer seems beyond your control, but staying as active as possible can be key to managing the side effects of the disease and treatment and improving survival. Gretchin Bade, a physical therapist and program director of oncology with the Hartford Hospital Rehabilitation Network, cited at least 20…


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