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  • What’s a Thyroid Nodule? And is It Cancerous?

    August 12, 2019

    Hospital of Central Connecticut endocrine surgeon Dr. Carrie Carsello, the only Hartford HealthCare surgeon who is fellowship trained in endocrine surgery, says most people diagnosed with a thyroid nodule find it a little scary. “But,” she says, “the vast majority of thyroid nodules are benign, up to 95 percent. Sometimes, though,…

  • ‘Breakthrough’ Summit In Bangkok: Transforming Cancer Care

    July 29, 2019

    By Jo Cavallo American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, is planning a new approach at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s first international meeting, Breakthrough: A Global Summit for Oncology Innovators Oct. 11-13 in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Yu, past president…

  • How Physical Rehab Can Help Recovery From Lung Cancer      

    July 18, 2019

    By Ruth H. Satterberg Occupational Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist Hospital of Central CT Cancer Institute A lung cancer diagnosis can be extremely challenging. Lung cancer, different from breast cancer, often has more complications and challenges to overcome. Evidence shows that physical and occupational therapy can be very helpful at all stages…

  • The Long-Term Effects of Lung Cancer Therapy on Your Body

    July 18, 2019

    Treatment of lung cancer has developed rapidly in the past 10 years. With earlier detection and improved therapies, patient outcomes have improved significantly. The therapies used for treatment of lung cancer — chemotherapy, radiation and surgery — certainly cause many acute side effects.  But this article will focus on the…

  • Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE) Holds Anniversary Ride July 13

    July 09, 2019

    With a goal of inspiring the community to be physically active and health conscious, while raising awareness and funding for cancer research, a group of professionals launched Everyone Ride/Run Against Cancer Everyday (ERRACE) a decade ago. On Saturday, July 13, the group will host an anniversary ride, run and walk…

  • Hartford HealthCare Honors Cancer Survivors

    June 26, 2019

    Anyone who has faced a devastating diagnosis such as cancer well knows that life is too short. At Hartford HealthCare, we believe every patient is a survivor from the moment of diagnosis, even as they battle through any needed treatment or surgery. To celebrate survival and recognize National Cancer Survivors…

  • ART for Healing: Coping With Cancer Through Artistic Expression

    June 18, 2019

    When coping with a chronic illness such as cancer, patients and their caregivers can experience a range of complex emotions. Expressive arts and other forms of integrative medicine can be an important resource for people to learn coping strategies, express their feelings and help process experiences during early diagnosis, treatment and…

  • When Breast Cancer Treatments Cause Truncal Lymphedema

    June 10, 2019

    Lymphedema, a collection of fluid that can cause swelling, is possible anywhere in the body but seems to be identified and addressed more commonly when it happens in an arm or leg. When persistent swelling occurs in the underarm, breast, or chest, patients will often decide to wait and see…

  • New: Radiofrequency Seeds Aid Breast Surgery, Improve Cosmetic Results

    June 10, 2019

    Not all breast disease can be felt, so surgeons have developed ways to mark the lump or lesion for more effective removal. At Hartford HealthCare, that process just got a lot more high-tech and efficient. This month, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program becomes the first in the state…

  • Can Diet, Nutrition and Our Immune System Beat Cancer?

    June 04, 2019

    By Dr. Peter Yu Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute It is frightening to receive a cancer diagnosis. But there is more hope than ever before. Through clinical trials and research, we are developing new treatments that help people live longer and better lives – and actually cure an increasing number of…


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