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  • How Your Phone’s Light Radiation Might Damage Your Skin

    February 13, 2018

    It’s hard to do much of anything these days without having a smartphone in our hands. And while some side effects of spending all that time staring at the screen are well-publicized, there are some others you may really not be thinking about – like the possibility of skin damage….

  • Study: Hormonal Birth Control Does Not Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

    February 13, 2018

    When it comes to a connection between hormone contraceptives and breast cancer, there seems little for women to worry about, according to a recent study. Dr. Sapna Khubchandani, an oncologist and breast health specialist with Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Oncology and Hematology in Waterford, says the study published in the…

  • HPV and Head and Neck Cancer: The link is real. The prognosis is good.

    February 07, 2018

    For years head and neck cancer was mostly associated with heavy drinkers and smokers who had other chronic diseases.  That has changed dramatically in recent years. “The face of the disease has really changed because of the prevalence of HPV (human papillomavirus) which is now the leading cause of head…

  • How Hurricane Maria Caused Nationwide IV Bag Shortage

    January 16, 2018

    With a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted. The Wall Street Journal reported that the shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost power because of Hurricane Maria. The shortage…

  • Year in Review: The Latest Breakthroughs in Cancer Care

    January 09, 2018

    Now that 2017 is in the books, let’s take a look at the past year’s cancer breakthroughs and headlines according to Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s premier cancer centers: The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for certain types of leukemia…

  • ‘Chemo Brain’ is Real. This is What It Feels Like.

    December 15, 2017

    As if the diagnosis and treatment for cancer weren’t bad enough, side effects like “chemo brain” can further upend your life and leave you searching for keys, eyeglasses or even words. “Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems they experience after…

  • Cancer Institute adds Neuro-Oncologist Leader to Growing Program

    December 11, 2017

    A growing Neuro-Oncology program and the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance mean more hope and treatment options for brain cancer patients.  In August, Ahmad Daher, MD, PhD, was named medical director of neuro-oncology for the Cancer Institute and is seeing patients with primary…

  • Study: Extending Treatment Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence

    December 07, 2017

    Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer, going through the treatment and hearing that you are cancer-free, only to receive another related cancer diagnosis 10 or 15 years later. That happens to many women with estrogen receptor positive (ER-positive) breast cancer, which is fueled by their estrogen levels, says Dr. Sapna…


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