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Breast Cancer: Advice From A Nurse Who’s Been There

October 4, 2017

What’s the best advice you would give a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer today? Ask questions—no matter how many or how often. Allow others to help and reach out for their support. Don’t hold back on expressing emotions and show feelings with loved ones. Do things that bring you joy and happiness. Remind yourself that you have the strength and determination to be a survivor. Put one foot in front of the other—You can do it!

Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: Taking It One Day At A Time!

October 4, 2017

What’s the best advice you would give a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer today? It can be very overwhelming to hear this news. It is important to completely understand the diagnosis and the treatment plan as well as all the options available. Take time to digest all the information and then make a decision. It can be a very long process, but there is a lot of help along the way. Take it one day at a time!

Breast Cancer Survivor Advice: YOU Know Your Body Best!

October 4, 2017

What’s the best advice you would give a woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer today? Fight and fight hard, it’s ok to be scared, sad, panicked; you need to feel all of the emotions, but you need to fight the battle of a lifetime. Be your own advocate; you know your body best. Take care of your body, even though you may feel that it’s failed you.


Study: Hormone Replacement Therapy Not A Health Risk

September 14, 2017

For years, women experiencing menopause have been faced with conflicting studies about the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy. Now, a landmark study is offering some reassurance for women who have undergone or plan to undergo the treatment aimed at relieving some menopausal symptoms.

Cancer And The Immune System: FDA Panel’s Approval Of Pioneering T-Cell Therapy

September 5, 2017

The availability of a pioneering T-cell therapy, the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s cells, moved one step closer recently with FDA approval.


Cancer Institute Head: Fight Teen Smoking By Raising Legal Age

 August 22, 2017

There is absolutely nothing good about tobacco, according to Dr. Peter Yu, head of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

 New Melanoma Center Offers ABC’s of Skin Cancer

August 17, 2017

We love our beach days and warm sunshine, but the sobering fact is that there are more new cases of skin cancer in this country each year than breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer combined.

 Study: Waist Only 4 Inches Bigger Than Average Can Increase Cancer Risk

June 6, 2017

If your waist measures 40 inches or more -- the average adult American waist, both male and female, is 36 inches -- it could be as revealing as your body mass index in assessing your risk of cancers associated with obesity, according to research published this week in the British Journal of Cancer.

Even in small amounts, daily alcohol consumption increases breast cancer risk, new study says

June 5, 2017
From helping to shed pounds to improving your immune system, a glass of red wine a day has long been seen as being good for a your overall health.  However, a new study by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research shows that both premenopausal and postmenopausal women have a greater risk of breast cancer if they consume even a small amount of alcohol daily.


The Movement To Create Generation “ZERO Prostate”

May 16, 2017
It is a cancer that only affects men – and in a way so personal that those who receive a diagnosis are all-too-often stigmatized into silence.

HHC Cancer Institute Receives National Recognition

May 8, 2017 | Hartford HealthCare

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) meets or exceeds all the national standards required by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, according to recent site surveys and data analysis.

Free event for prostate cancer survivors to be held May 9

May 3, 2017 | Hartford HealthCare
Being diagnosed with prostate cancer can be a confusing time. That’s why the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute offers a nurse navigator program – to help guide cancer patients and their families through what can be an unfamiliar healthcare system. 

Dr. Kristen Zarfos receives grant for research on breast cancer rates

October 27, 2016|By Hartford HealthCare
Kristen Zarfos, MD, medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut and a leading breast health expert in Connecticut, was among four researchers to receive Community Education and Clinical Research grant funding from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative (CBHI) at its annual awards ceremony Oct. 6 at Shuttle Meadow Country Club in Kensington.

 Two New Breast Cancer Research Studies Available to Patients at Cancer Institute

October 20, 2016|By Hartford HealthCare
The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, through its charter membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Alliance, now offers clinical trials to cancer patients who might benefit from new treatments still under study before their widespread use.

HHC Cancer Institute Names Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator

October 11, 2016|By Hartford HealthCare

Silvia Willumsen, RN, BSN, is the new Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, assuming oversight of the institute’s evolving bone marrow transplant program as part of its membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance.

Pink Party Supports Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

October 11, 2016|By Hartford HealthCare
The Pink Party to support breast cancer awareness and research, held at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, CT.

Prostate Cancer: The Numbers

October 3, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare
The American Cancer Society reports there are 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer in America each year. 

 It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare
We're Connecting you to Healthier with lots of activities throughout October! 

'Moonshot' Brings Cancer Institute's Dr. Peter Yu Together with Vice President Biden

September 26, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Dr. Peter Yu, physician in chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute recently met Vice President Joe Biden at the annual meeting for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago.

Cancer Survivors Celebrate with Laughter, Gratitude and Friendship

September 13, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Hundreds of former and current cancer patients gathered in Hartford and Meriden over the weekend to celebrate their journeys to recovery, and share their experiences with others who have walked the same path.

Hartford Hospital Recognized as Top Hospital for Cancer Care
August 23, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Hartford Hospital has been named to the list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Program by Becker’s Hospital Review.

Study: Obesity, Alcohol Heighten Risk Of Esophageal Cancer

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

As a New Zealand expert’s perspective piece last week in the journal Addiction on the demonstrated link between alcohol and cancer was somehow interpreted as a newsworthy new study, an actual study found new concerns about alcohol, obesity and cancer.

A Q&A with Dr. Ed Sauter, Director of the Breast Surgery Program

July 22, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Ed Sauter, MD, PhD, the director of the breast surgery program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, met with a group of current and former patients and other members of the public on Thursday to answer their questions about breast cancer.

ERRACE 2016: Inspiring the Community

July 16, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

On July 16, hundreds of people gathered outside the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Avon for the eighth annual ERRACE (Everyone Run/Ride Against Cancer Everyday).


Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute welcomes Ed Sauter, M.D., as Director of the Breast Surgery Program

April 5, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute announced the appointment of Ed Sauter, M.D., Ph.D., a highly accomplished breast surgeon with extensive experience in surgical leadership and training as Director of the Breast Surgery Program at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI). He will lead the breast surgery programs at each of the Institute's five cancer centers.

Hartford HealthCare names Peter Paul Yu, M.D., Physician-in-Chief of Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute

March 21, 2016 | By Hartford HealthCare

Hartford HealthCare has appointed Peter Paul Yu, M.D., as the first physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. He is a highly accomplished, internationally respected cancer expert with more than 30 years of experience and leadership. His appointment is the result of an extensive national search.

Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute sponsoring bone marrow registry drive Sept. 16, 17, 2015

September 09, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) is sponsoring a Sept. 16 and 17 bone marrow registry drive in New Britain and Meriden with Be The Match Registry and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Connecticut Chapter.

Dr. Salner Receives Global Lung Cancer Coalition Journalism Award

September 01, 2015 | By Tina Varona

Andrew Salner, M.D., medical director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, received the "2014 Special Recognition Award/Global Lung Cancer Coalition Journalism Award." Dr. Salner was recognized along with Andrea McKee, M.D. chair of Radiation Oncology at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, for their work in bringing awareness to lung cancer screening in the U.S.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute programs receive prestigious Outstanding Achievement awards

    March 27, 2015 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Two cancer programs within the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) – the region’s largest and most comprehensive cancer health system – have been recognized with 2014 Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Commission on Cancer, an accrediting arm of the American College of Surgeons. The cancer programs at Hartford Hospital and The Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain were among 75 programs nationwide to receive the annual award for demonstrated excellence across a wide range of standards.

  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute officially certified as the first member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance

    October 21, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute (HHCCI) has been formally certified as the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve quality of care and outcomes for cancer patients in community healthcare settings. The Cancer Institute is comprised of five cancer centers - one at each of Hartford HealthCare’s acute care hospitals across Connecticut.

  • Breaking New Ground – The New Cancer Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut

    May 13, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    For the past several months, construction crews have been busily clearing and excavating a spacious parcel of land right on the town line between New Britain and Plainville. The mounds of rubble have given way to an inviting facade of stone and glass that is poised to become the gateway to the most comprehensive and convenient resource for cancer patients in the region: the new Hospital of Central Connecticut Cancer Center.

  • Leaning Towards Excellence: The HHC Cancer Institute embraces the Lean philosophy of eliminating obstacles to patient care

    May 13, 2014 | By Hartford HealthCare

    Mohamed Saleh used to design seats for airplanes. Today, the quality improvement expert is designing a better way to deliver cancer care. There is not as much difference as you might think.

  • Hartford HealthCare Selected to Be First MSK Cancer Alliance Member

    December 12, 2013

    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center today launched a transformative initiative to improve the quality of cancer care and the lives of cancer patients. Hartford HealthCare, a multi-hospital health care system in Connecticut, was selected as a pioneering member of the newly formed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Alliance.

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