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Thursday is the Great American Smokeout

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The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout takes place tomorrow, Nov. 20. Smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and begin their path to healthy by quitting on that day. The annual event is a key part of the ACS’s smoking cessation efforts. “Thanks […] [Read More]
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Yale, St. Francis cancer hospitals mull partnership

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Saint Francis Care, parent company of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, has signed a Letter of Intent with Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital to explore a potential agreement to create an integrated oncology services program to serve the greater Hartford community. This preliminary step, announced Tuesday afternoon, allows the Saint […] [Read More]

Women’s health forum at Fairfield Senior Center

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The Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, will host a Women’s Health Forum from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 19.  The forum is free of charge. Three healthcare professionals will be panelists for the Forum. Santina Galbo, certified health educator from the Town of Fairfield Health Department will talk about cardiac issues for women, […] [Read More]

Veterans Screening Week in Stamford

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Stamford Hospital is joining with Lung Cancer Alliance, the Vietnam Veterans of America, American Veterans and Military Officers Association of America to participate in the third annual Veterans Screening Week, through Saturday. All U.S. Veterans are invited to come in for a lung cancer risk assessment and, if appropriate, can schedule to receive a lung […] [Read More]
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Left to right, Heather Paul, 18, Stefanie Johnson, 18 and Shannon Colby, 17, all Danbury High School students working on an anti-smoking campaign. A study named Connecticut the 13th best state for fighting lung cancer costs, partly because of its anti-smoking efforts.

Study: Connecticut 13th best in fighting lung cancer costs

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Connecticut is the 13th best state when it comes to fighting the high cost of lung cancer, according to a study from the personal finance social network WalletHub.  November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the disease accounts for $12.1 billion of total cancer care costs and $36.1 billion in lost productivity, according to the […] [Read More]
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Musician Rob Fried (right) will conduct  a workshop for the Connecticut Challenge center Nov. 18.

Musician to perform workshop at cancer survivorship center

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Rob Fried of Band Together will be back at The CT Challenge’s Center for Survivorship, 250 Pequot Ave., Fairfield, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 to lead another Music and Healing Workshop. The workshop, which is free, includes listening, learning and composing.  Joining Fried will be vocalist Tracy James and Doug Hartline on guitar. Cancer survivors who […] [Read More]
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Joan Lunden will speak at fundraiser for Bridgeport Hospital breast center

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The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Cancer Center has chosen the speaker for its 2015 Rose of Hope fundraiser luncheon earlier than usual, selecting breast cancer survivor and former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden for the honor. Lunden recently announcemed that she has breast cancer, which was discovered via ultrasound. The TV personality had dense […] [Read More]
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Photo Caption: Dr. Christine Van Cott signs ACS Pledge with (left to right) Chairman, Department of Oncology Christopher Iannuzzi, MD; Clinical Vice President, Oncology Cindy Czaplinski, MSN, RN, NE-BC and American Cancer Society Account Representative John Watkins.

St. Vincent’s doctors sign pledge to increase colon cancer screenings

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  The physicians at the SWIM Center for Oncology at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport have taken a pledge to screen 80 percent of those in need for colorectal cancer by 2018. The hospital claims that the SWIM center is the first cancer program in the state of Connecticut, and one of the first […] [Read More]
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Left to right:  Arlene Cummings with Geralyn Lucas.

Luncheon raises $85,000 for St. Vincent’s breast cancer services

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  The 19th Annual St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound’s  Breast Cancer Luncheon held at the Bridgeport Holiday Inn drew approximately 350 attendees. The event raised about $85,000 to help St. Vincent’s Elizabeth M. Pfriem SWIM Cancer Center provide breast cancer screenings, education, holistic support, and financial assistance to underinsured women in our community. Keynote […] [Read More]
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NPBCC President’s Council member Kelly Scinto; NPBCC President’s Council member Brooke Bento; guest Nicole Tanon (Queens, NY); guest Mary Jo Greenwood (Stamford).

Pink Pop Up Party raises $22,000 for breast center

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The Oct. 16 Pink Pop Up Party, sponsored by Porsche of Fairfield, netted $22,000 for the patients and programs of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center.  The first free-standing, community-based breast care center in Connecticut, the Norma Pfriem Breast Center has been helping women in the community fight breast cancer for fifteen years. The event, held […] [Read More]
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