Cancer Institute

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  • Why Cancer Patients Should Consider Acupuncture

    December 10, 2018

    One of the best integrative medicine treatments for cancer, both when receiving chemotherapy and well into survivorship, is also one of the oldest. Acupuncture, a distinct clinical subset of Traditional Chinese Medicine, dates back thousands of years. Today, in numerous pilot and feasibility trials, acupuncture has been found to safely, and…

  • How to Rebuild Your Life After Colorectal Cancer

    December 06, 2018

    By Dr. Gerard Fumo Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers if precancerous growths are removed during a colonoscopy.  In part, because of the advances in screening, detecting and removal of early cancers, we have seen a steady decline in the overall incidence of…

  • How an Oncology Nutritionist Can Help Your Body Fight Cancer

    December 04, 2018

    Nutrition is an essential part of health and shouldn’t be neglected when going through cancer treatment. MaryBeth Dahlstrom-Green, an oncology nutritionist with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Backus Hospital, said the often rigorous treatment required to fight cancer can leave patients physically and emotionally depleted. That’s where she comes…

  • Here’s Why Juul Is More Addictive Than Other E-Cigarettes

    November 15, 2018

    News this week that the manufacturer of the electronic cigarette Juul will voluntarily limit sales of its flavored liquids to online purchases is a step in the right direction but certainly not snuffing out the problem, according to some Hartford HealthCare providers. “Regulatory action preventing Juul sales would be great,”…

  • After Facing Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis, It’s More Rides for This Avid Bicyclist

    November 12, 2018

    At 77, Dr. Ralph Giarnella is an avid bicyclist. He’s traveled just about every back road in Hartford County. He recently finished a fundraising event that required him to ride his bike 100 miles. “For me, riding on the bike is sort of like free time, liberation,” said Dr. Giarnella….

  • Dr. Patricia DeFusco to Lead Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program

    November 02, 2018

    Dr. Patricia DeFusco (left) with Dr. April Duckworth at the recent Pink Party in West Hartford. Dr. Patricia DeFusco, affiliated with the Hartford Hospital Division of Medical Oncology since 1986, was recently named the first director of the Breast Program for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Her experience – and…

  • Weighing the Pros & Cons of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

    November 01, 2018

    Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer is a very personal choice. How do you decide? Dr. Alan Babigian, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hartford Hospital, has some guidance.  Q: How do you know if you are likely candidate for breast reconstruction? A: Most people…

  • The Mammogram: Demystified

    November 01, 2018

    Download this free informational resource to help you understand breast cancer and the procedures and treatments available to you at Connecticut’s largest breast program. Since the 1980’s, the mammogram has helped reduce breast cancer deaths by about 30%. Though it saves lives, this simple, 10-minute screening has a serious public…

  • Dedicated Clinical Cancer Trials Unit Opens at Hartford Hospital

    October 19, 2018

    As part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s pioneering membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a new, dedicated clinical trials unit has officially opened at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Dr. Peter Yu is the physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Q: This…

  • Applying Precision Medicine to Treat Your Cancer

    October 18, 2018

    As many as 38 out of every 100 women will get cancer in her lifetime – yet there is tremendous hope in the world of cancer research and treatment. Dr. Michael Kane is an expert on treating women’s cancers with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.  Q: As the charter member…


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