Support at The Cancer Institute


Advance Directives

Legally binding instructions for your physician to follow in your treatment, should you become unable to make a decision yourself. You also have the right to receive information from your physician to assist you in reaching a decision about what medical care is to be provided to you.

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The Backus Boutique

The Backus Boutique offers personal care and support items for patients undergoing various treatments for many different cancers, with a special focus on the breast cancer patient.

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Nutritional Support

Good nutrition through a healthy diet is important for everyone, but especially those with a cancer diagnosis. Eating and drinking the right foods and liquids during and after cancer treatment can help keep your strength up, prevent infections, and repair and rebuild damaged tissue.

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Patient and Family Resource Center

Offering patients, families and visitors helpful resources addressing the many challenges and questions that arise with a new cancer diagnosis. Our resource centers cover many topics dealing with many aspects of dealing with being diagnosed.

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Social Work

Social work experts are available to support you, your family and caregivers as you manage the stress and emotional strain of treating cancer. Our social work team is uniquely qualified to advocate, empower and enhance your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well-being.

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Survivorship Program

As part of a multidisciplinary, integrated team, the Survivorship Program provides comprehensive, coordinated after-care for cancer patients treated at Hartford HealthCare.

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Tobacco Cessation

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute provides smoking cessation services to any patient in active treatment. We also offer research studies for people trying to quit smoking.

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Nurse Navigators

Your doctors, nurses and other care providers are there to help, but it can be hard to process all the information you’re receiving. Hartford HealthCare Nurse Navigators are here for you, helping you make the most educated choices about your care and treatment. With their cancer expertise, they can help you understand your diagnosis and treatment, and provide assistance when you need it most.

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Nurse Navigators

Patient & Family Resource Center

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute