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Dr. Bret Schipper

Dr. Bret Schipper, New Surgical Oncology Chief, Starts Seeing Patients

The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute has announced the appointment of Dr. Bret Schipper as chief of surgical oncology at Hartford Hospital and director of oncologic surgery for the entire Cancer Institute. Dr. Schipper’s areas of interest include hepatobiliary surgery, both benign and malignant; minimally-invasive robotic surgery; soft tissue (melanoma/sarcoma) and gastric...

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Why ‘Hot Chemo’ Can Be More Effective Than IV Against Cancer

While traditional chemotherapy drips intravenously into the body to circulate and attack deadly cancer cells, a faster, a more effective way of helping people with some cancers is now available at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute. Called Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC), the treatment is designed for people with cancers of...

Pancreatic Cancer

Where a Radiation Oncologist Fits in Your Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Treating hepatobiliary cancer involves getting the most powerful treatment directly to the source of the disease, which is where the skill of a radiation oncologist often comes in. Dr. Timothy Boyd, a radiation oncologist with Hartford Hospital and part of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s team approach to treating pancreatic...

Chemo

Targeted Chemo Treatments Promising for HPB Patients

Everyone knows the connection between chemotherapy and cancer. It’s treatment and disease. With pancreatic cancer, maybe more than in other cancers, chemotherapy constitutes an integral part of the treatment. Medical oncologists oversee the use of chemo and other systemic treatments in patients with cancer, according to Dr. Rawad Elias, a...

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Nutrition Tips for Prostate Cancer Survivors

By Diane Avino and Dr. Eric Secor Prostate cancer patients experience specific health challenges after initial diagnosis and treatment, especially those being managed long-term with hormone deprivation therapy such as leuprolide acetate. The effects on a patient’s quality of life can include weight gain, reduced insulin resistance and reduced muscle...

Myeloma

Why There’s Improved Outlook for Myeloma Patients

By Dr. Peter Byeff The prognosis for multiple myeloma is gradually improving as a result of new and improved therapies. Multiple myeloma, which causes cancer cells to accumulate in bone marrow, can affect people of all ages, although the average age of onset is the sixth decade of life. New treatments including...