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The Future of Breast Cancer Treatment is Now!

Clinical trials are the means by which doctors and researchers work toward providing newer, better and more innovative health care treatments. This is especially true as the health care community works toward treating cancer. As the charter member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute is...

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How Linear Accelerator Technology Can Reduce Cancer Treatments

More than a year after being installed, Backus Radiation Oncology’s linear accelerator is being used in new ways to help patients fight cancer. In operation since last July, the new equipment uses a higher, more targeted dose of radiation for small tumors in various parts of the body. These precisely...


New Research May Change the Way Women are Screened for Cervical Cancer

In Canadian research that could eventually change the way women are screened for cervical cancer, a test to identify the human papillomavirus (HPV) was deemed more accurate than traditional Pap exams at detecting precancerous cervical lesions. The study, which examined test results in more than 19,000 women, was published in...


Keep an Eye on Common Risk Factors for Ocular Melanoma

While malignant melanoma of the eye is quite rare — only about 2,500 cases are reported in the U.S. each year — precursors of this disease are quite common. One in 10 Caucasians will develop a mole under the retina (known as a “choroidal nevus”) during their lifetime. “Many [moles...

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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...