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  • How Hurricane Maria Caused Nationwide IV Bag Shortage

    January 16, 2018

    With a nationwide shortage of intravenous bags, clinical pharmacies across Hartford Healthcare are working to ensure patient care isn’t interrupted. The Wall Street Journal reported that the shortage began in September after a group of IV bag manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico lost power because of Hurricane Maria. The shortage…

  • Year in Review: The Latest Breakthroughs in Cancer Care

    January 09, 2018

    Now that 2017 is in the books, let’s take a look at the past year’s cancer breakthroughs and headlines according to Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the nation’s premier cancer centers: The Food and Drug Administration’s approval of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy for certain types of leukemia…

  • ‘Chemo Brain’ is Real. This is What It Feels Like.

    December 15, 2017

    As if the diagnosis and treatment for cancer weren’t bad enough, side effects like “chemo brain” can further upend your life and leave you searching for keys, eyeglasses or even words. “Chemo brain is a common term used by cancer survivors to describe thinking and memory problems they experience after…

  • Cancer Institute adds Neuro-Oncologist Leader to Growing Program

    December 11, 2017

    A growing Neuro-Oncology program and the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute’s membership in the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance mean more hope and treatment options for brain cancer patients.  In August, Ahmad Daher, MD, PhD, was named medical director of neuro-oncology for the Cancer Institute and is seeing patients with primary…

  • Study: Extending Treatment Reduces Breast Cancer Recurrence

    December 07, 2017

    Imagine being diagnosed with breast cancer, going through the treatment and hearing that you are cancer-free, only to receive another related cancer diagnosis 10 or 15 years later. That happens to many women with estrogen receptor positive (ER-positive) breast cancer, which is fueled by their estrogen levels, says Dr. Sapna…


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