Cancer Institute

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  • Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute Host MSK Alliance Symposium on Advanced Prostate Cancer

    April 19, 2018

    More than 100 providers from several different specialties, nurses, pharmacists and research staff attended the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance Advanced Prostate Cancer Symposium hosted by the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and the Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute on April 12 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. The event brought…

  • What is External Beam Radiation Therapy?

    April 19, 2018

    It sounds like something dangerous or straight out of a science fiction movie, but external beam radiation therapy is one of the best and most advanced ways to treat prostate cancer. Dr. Nicole Anderson, a radiation oncologist with Backus Hospital, says external beam radiation is recommended for many patients with…

  • Ron’s Run For The Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party With Purpose

    April 11, 2018

    It’s the best Kentucky Derby party north of the Mason-Dixon line, and it’s a fundraiser for a great cause, too. It’s Ron’s Run for the Roses, benefitting the Ron Foley Foundation and the fight against pancreatic cancer. This year Dr. Peter Yu, physician-in-chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, serves as…

  • Aggressive Treatment and Bone Marrow Transplant Help MidState Patient Beat Leukemia

    April 11, 2018

    For months Tracy Seguljic hadn’t been feeling well.  She had recently lost her husband to glioblastoma—an aggressive form of brain cancer—and believed she was just suffering from exhaustion, brought on by her grief and the months spent caring for her husband and two teenage sons. After experiencing shortness of breath,…

  • A New Procedure for Patients with Esophageal Cancer

    April 05, 2018

    A new procedure for patients with esophageal cancer is offering promising results. Dr. Stefan Kachala, a thoracic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, was the first in Connecticut to perform a robotic esophagectomy. Q. What are some symptoms of esophageal cancer? What causes this type of cancer? A. Some of…

  • Is This All it Takes To Avoid Cancer?

    April 03, 2018

    When it comes to cancer prevention, genetics are only part of your body’s story. How you live and what you eat can also promote overall health and keep your colon happy. Dr. Eric Secor, associate medical director of integrative medicine with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, echoes the American Institute…

  • Hartford HealthCare First in State to Perform Robotic Esophagectomy

    March 19, 2018

    Procedure means faster recovery, less pain for esophageal cancer patients Dr. Stefan Kachala, a thoracic surgeon at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, has performed the first successful robotic esophagectomy in the state.  The procedure was done at Hartford Hospital using the da Vinci robotic system on March 1. A robotic…

  • Colon Cancer: Risks, Prevention and Removing Precancerous Polyps

    March 15, 2018

    Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. During “March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month,” Hartford Hospital gastroenterologist Dr. Elaine Plotkin answers your questions about the disease.  Q. What should the general population know about colorectal cancer?  A.  Colorectal cancer…

  • Study: Computerized Care Plans Help Ease Side Effects for Head and Neck Cancer Patients

    March 01, 2018

    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute and the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center have released a joint study showing the benefits of personalized, web-based care plans in helping head and neck cancer patients better cope with side effects of treatment. The study tracked 43 patients in Hartford and New York…

  • New Study Links Breast Cancer Treatments, Heart Disease

    February 27, 2018

    Older women who are breast cancer survivors are at a higher risk of dying from heart disease according to a new study by the American Heart Association (AHA). The study says that certain cancer therapies can cause damage to the heart and urges providers to take treatment approaches with the…


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