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  • Good-for-You Recipe: Turkey & Red Cabbage Tortillas With Chipotle Sauce

    January 07, 2020

    Here’s a colorful, flavorful recipe, courtesy of the American Cancer Society, that combines smoky chipotle pepper with lean ground turkey breast, red cabbage and fresh cilantro. Turkey & Red Cabbage Tortillas With Chipotle Sauce 4 Servings 8 corn tortillas 1 pound ground turkey breast 1 teaspoon ground chipotle, divided use…

  • How Tailored Cancer Care Improves Older Patients’ Quality of Life

    January 07, 2020

    The disease may be the same, but the body’s reaction to cancer and related treatment can be very different in older people. So, too, are the decisions about seeking care. “As we age, we might want different things for our lives and value quality time more,” said Dr. Rawad Elias,…

  • How to Remain Healthy After Cancer Treatment? Here’s the Plan.

    January 04, 2020

    Nearly 16 million Americans are now cancer survivors, reflecting the great improvements in early detection and treatment over the past 10-20 years. Interestingly, approximately 66 percent of these survivors are more than five years out since their diagnosis. Approximately 17 percent are 20 years from the diagnosis!  About half of…

  • Reaching ‘Permanent Survival’ After Breast Cancer

    January 03, 2020

    On July 25, 1985, Fitzhugh Mullan, a young physician who had just gone through treatment for a germ cell cancer, wrote a thoughtful letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. This letter gave rise to the field of cancer survivorship. “Survival, in fact, begins at the point of diagnosis,”…

  • A Healthier You: Cancer Institute Winter Classes, Events

    January 02, 2020

    2020 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 Jan. 22 Feb. 12 & 26 2- 3:30 pm Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital 326 Washington St., Norwich, Conference Room 2…

  • Brave Beauty Program Visits Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Waterford

    December 17, 2019

    There were all of the trappings of a girl’s night out, complete with sparkling cider and beauty makeovers. But for the group of women gathered for fruit, cheese and tips for applying foundation, this was so much more than an oasis from the pressures of work and family. Each was…

  • 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…


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