Dr. Patricia DeFusco

Breast Cancer Expert

Recent Articles

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A Bigger Role for Immunotherapy in Breast Cancer Treatment?

Although immunotherapy – the ability to use the body’s immune system to fight off cancer – has not been as helpful for breast cancer patients, new research shows “promise” for some women, according to Dr. Patricia DeFusco, director of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Program. “Harnessing the immune system...

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The Three Seasons of Breast Cancer Survivorship

On July 25, 1985, Fitzhugh Mullan, a young physician who had just gone through treatment for a germ cell cancer, wrote a thoughtful letter to the New England Journal of Medicine. This letter gave rise to the field of cancer survivorship. “Survival, in fact, begins at the point of diagnosis,”...