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Weighing the Pros & Cons of Breast Reconstruction Surgery

Deciding whether or not to have breast reconstruction surgery following breast cancer is a very personal choice. How do you decide? Dr. Alan Babigian, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Hartford Hospital, has some guidance.  Q: How do you know if you are likely candidate for breast reconstruction? A: Most people...


Assessing the Hereditary Risk of Cancer

A new hereditary cancer risk assessment program is helping identify specific cancers in women and men across Connecticut. Hartford HealthCare nurse practitioner Meghan Burgess explains the importance of this program. Q: Why is it so important to have this type of assessment program? A: We’re identifying women at risk for...

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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...

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Women: Cancer Screenings You’ll Need, By Age

Worried about cancer? Click here to get a call back from one of our cancer experts.  When it comes to cancer, the best defense is often an offense in the form of routine screenings, especially because many cancers grow long before you’ll experience or recognize a symptom. Screenings can include bloodwork, diagnostic...

Cancer Survivors

As Cancer Survivors Increase, So Do Healthcare Options

Nearly 16 million Americans are now cancer survivors, reflecting the great improvements in early detection and treatment over the past 10-20 years. Interestingly, approximately 66 percent of these survivors are more than 5 years out since their diagnosis, and approximately 17 percent are 20-year survivors!  About half of this 16...

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Why We Call This Medicine: Yoga, Art/Music Therapy, Reiki, Massage . . .

According to the National Institutes of Health, “integrative health or medicine” brings conventional and complementary approaches together in a coordinated evidenced-based approach to patient care. Integrative medicine includes a variety of modalities: Acupuncture. Stress reduction. Yoga. Nutrition. Reiki. Massage therapy. Art therapy. Music therapy. Tai chi. Qi gong. Physician consultations....