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  • Beyond ‘Chemobrain’: New Hartford HealthCare Study Looks at Cancer and the Mind

    October 15, 2018

    By David Finitsis Clinical Psychologist and Senior Scientist, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Does this sound familiar? You walk into a room only to forget exactly what it was you came into that room to do.  Or your friend introduces you to someone and no sooner have you shaken hands when…

  • “Hidden Scar” Surgery: Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Patients

    October 11, 2018

    Breast surgeons at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital are performing a revolutionary procedure that allows them to do specific types of breast cancer surgery without leaving visible marks. Dr. Heather King is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute to describe how this technique is…

  • Medicare Advantage via CarePartners: What’s in it for Patients?

    October 10, 2018

    Connecticut has never seen anything like CarePartners of Connecticut, a joint venture between Hartford HealthCare and Tufts Health Plan of Massachusetts, that will begin selling 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in the state when the open-enrollment period begins Oct. 15. It’s the first partnership between a hospital system and an insurer…

  • Clinical Breast Cancer Trials: Making an Impact Locally

    October 09, 2018

    Breast cancer clinical trials are paving the way for patients to try new forms of treatments that can help doctors test alternative ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer. Dr. Wylie Hosmer is an oncologist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer…

  • A Bigger Role for Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment?

    October 09, 2018

    Although immunotherapy – the ability to use the body’s immune system to fight off cancer – has not been as helpful for breast cancer patients, new research shows “promise” for some women, according to Dr. Patricia DeFusco, director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program. “Harnessing the immune system…

  • The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

    October 08, 2018

    Clinical trials are the means by which doctors and researchers work toward providing newer, better and more innovative health care treatments. This is especially true as the health care community works toward treating cancer. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is…

  • The Three Seasons of Breast Cancer Survivorship

    October 08, 2018

    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,”…

  • Breast Cancer Surgeon Joins Central Connecticut Team

    September 27, 2018

    Dr. April Duckworth, a breast oncology surgeon, is joining the Comprehensive Breast Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut in October. Dr. Duckworth previously served as a fellow at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, where she performed nipple-sparing, skin-sparing and other types of mastectomies; biopsies; dissections; ductoscopy;…

  • Free Symposium to Help Brain-Tumor Patients, Caregivers

    September 24, 2018

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute will host the 12th annual Fred Cohen Symposium on Friday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown at 200 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. The session, “Living with a Brain Tumor: Tools to Empower Patients & Caregivers,”  is free for…

  • Assessing the Hereditary Risk of Cancer

    September 21, 2018

    A new hereditary cancer risk assessment program is helping identify specific cancers in women and men across Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare nurse practitioner Meghan Burgess explains the importance of this program. Q: Why is it so important to have this type of assessment program? A: We’re identifying women at risk for…

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