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  • 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…

  • What is Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer Treatment?

    September 21, 2018

    Precision medicine allows doctors to treat patients based on their individual biology. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is the director of breast surgery at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center. She explains how precision medicine is used in treating breast cancer.  Q: What is precision medicine? A:…

  • Prostate Cancer: The Third Leading Cause of Death in American Men

    September 20, 2018

    Prostate cancer is the third leading cause of death in American men, and one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.  Dr. Joseph Wagner is a urologist with the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute, and Director of Robotic Surgery at Hartford Hospital.  Q: There has been…

  • 5 Myths About E-Cigarettes, As FDA Considers Action

    September 18, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration last week threatened a ban on flavored e-cigarettes after research showed the number of teens using the devices has reached epidemic proportions. “I’ve been asked a lot of questions about electronic cigarettes in my community nurse travels,” says Lisa Hageman, a nurse at Backus Hospital….

  • Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

    September 17, 2018

    By Diane Avino and Dr. Eric Secor Prostate cancer patients experience specific health challenges after initial diagnosis and treatment, especially those being managed long-term with hormone deprivation therapy such as leuprolide acetate. The effects on a patient’s quality of life can include weight gain, reduced insulin resistance and reduced muscle…

  • How to Manage Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment

    September 17, 2018

    By Dr. Anoop Meraney Approximately 240,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year. As a result of PSA testing, 90  percent of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer have localized or locally advanced prostate cancer, which is a potentially curable stage of the disease. The five-year survival for these patients…

  • Advances in Cancer Clinical Trials

    September 11, 2018

    It’s frightening to receive a cancer diagnosis. But there is more hope than ever before: clinical trials have been a key part of cancer patients living longer with better outcomes. Dr. Peter Yu is physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, a charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer…

  • 5 Ways to Treat Prostate Cancer

    September 05, 2018

    Prostate cancer is arguably one of the most treatable cancers. The key is to catch it early. “Prostate cancer typically grows very slowly and the majority of men with prostate cancer are over 65 years old and do not die from the disease,” said Dr. Stephen Yu, a urologist with…

  • Hoarseness and Other Early Signs of Lung Cancer

    September 05, 2018

    Tobacco smoke, radon and asbestos are the main drivers behind increasing lung cancer rates in the United States. Like all other cancers, early detection and treatment of the growths associated with lung cancer goes a long way toward feeling better and living longer. But what are the symptoms of lung…

  • Spreading Hope in the World, One Dress at a Time

    September 04, 2018

    By making dresses to donate to girls on another continent, Betsy Humiston is paying it forward, despite her own fight for life since she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer nearly five years ago. “When I’m making these dresses I think about these little girls in Africa and how I just…


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