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What is External Beam Radiation Therapy?

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

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...


A Guide to Life After Cancer

The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) is offering a free educational series, “Cancer Transitions, A Guide to Your Life After Cancer,” for cancer survivors. Starting May 10, this educational series will educate patients who have recently completed treatment or who are undergoing hormone therapy on what they can expect in...


A New Procedure for Patients with Esophageal Cancer

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...

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Why You Should be Skeptical About FDA-Approved Cancer Test by Mail

The recent Food and Drug Administration decision allowing people to be tested for hereditary cancers through the mail may be more challenging than it seems. Dr. Sapna Khubchandani,  a breast specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Medical Group Hematology Oncology practice in Waterford, says it is “concerning” that the genetic testing...

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Is This All it Takes To Avoid Cancer?

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...