Dr. Camelia Lawrence

Breast Cancer

Camelia Lawrence, MD, FACS, is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. She is a member of The Ho ...More spital of Central Connecticut’s Breast Center team.Board-certified in surgery and fellowship-trained in advanced breast cancer surgery, she specializes in benign and malignant breast disease.Dr. Lawrence has more than 13 years of experience in breast surgery, including reconstructive and plastic surgeries.Before joining the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, she practiced at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport.She has been recognized numerous times for her work in the field of breast care, including being a 2017 “Women Leading the Way” honoree from the American Cancer Society, a 2017 “Doctor of Distinction” by the Fairfield County Business Journal; a Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Achievement Award recipient; a Susan G. Komen “More than Pink” honoree; and received the “Dr. Kenneth Woodward Memorial Award” in recognition for improving the health status of under-served patients.She earned her medical degree from the Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completed her General Surgery Residency from the Western Medical Center/New York Medical College, and (Breast) Surgical Oncology Fellowship from the John Wayne Cancer Institute.Dr. Lawrence joins a talented team of providers including Elizabeth Riordan, MD, Leah Bassin, MD, and Katherine Del Prato, APRN. Along with fellow providers and support staff, she is dedicated to providing attentive, personalized care and guidance throughout the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer on into survivor-ship and recovery.Dr. Lawrence’s office is at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, 201 North Mountain Road, Suite 102, Plainville. To make an appointment or for more information, please call 860.224.5416....Less

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What is Precision Medicine in Breast Cancer Treatment?

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:...

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This Procedure Hides Scars in Certain Breast Surgeries

A breast cancer diagnosis can be devastating, with scars from a mastectomy or lumpectomy a constant reminder of the disease. But today, women have options. A procedure known as hidden-scar surgery is as effective as a mastectomy or lumpectomy, but doesn’t leave lasting scars.  The surgery does not change the...

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Study: Dense Breasts a Breast Cancer Risk Factor

Genetics isn’t the only thing that can increase a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer – the density of her breasts also play a role, according to the results of a study recently published in the trade journal Radiology. Norwegian researchers studied more than 100,000 women and more than 300,000...


Breast Cancer Study: Certain Women Can Skip Chemo

A groundbreaking study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women with early stage breast cancer may not actually need chemotherapy. Dr. Camelia Lawrence is a breast surgeon with the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute: Q: Tell us more about this promising study and its findings. A:...


Breast Cancer Breakthrough Means Less Chemo

Download your comprehensive breast cancer guide here. Women with early stage breast cancer can avoid chemotherapy treatment in many cases, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Yu, MD, Physician-in-Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute, said the findings of the clinical trial, which included...


Breast Surgeon: Why Komen Race Inspires Me

Once you have suffered the loss of a loved one to breast cancer, the battle against the disease can become very personal – even if you are a physician. “I have had friends and colleagues diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Camelia  Lawrence, MD, a breast surgeon and new Director of...


New Breast Program Director: Changing the Post-Diagnosis Experience

Finding out you have breast cancer can be overwhelming. Finding out you need to contact and make appointments with several experts in different locations after you’ve been diagnosed only makes it more difficult. Dr. Camelia Lawrence has a vision and a plan to change everything about the post-diagnosis process. “We...