• Taking the Embarrassment Out of Health Problems

    We humans seem to have a nearly universal need to avoid embarrassment. It could be something as simple as mispronouncing a word or tripping as you walk along a crowded sidewalk. No matter the blunder, our response is instinctive: Hide, hope no one noticed and move on. But what happens when what you are embarrassed about is related to your health? There are some aspects of your body and how it functions that you'd really rather not talk about—even with a doctor. But sharing potentially embarrassing symptoms with your physicians may be the only way for them to accurately diagnose and treat you. Chances are specialists have heard it—and seen it—all before and know how to help.

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  • Free head and neck screenings at Yale New Haven Hospital

    More than 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with head and neck cancer every year. Free screenings are available at Yale New Haven Hospital to bring awareness and prevention. Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center will hold a free oral, head and neck cancer screening on Friday, May 11 from 3 - 6:30 pm in the East Pavilion.

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  • 16 Things Experts Wish You Knew About Breast Cancer and Screening

    Breast cancer affects one in eight women who are mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and friends—and causes a lot of worry for women in general. “Women who have a family history of breast cancer in particular have a lot of anxiety,” says Yale Medicine's Brigid Killelea, MD, chief of breast surgery.

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  • A reconstructive surgical option for women with breast cancer

    Breast reconstruction can include breast implants — as well as fat and skin transferred from the lower abdomen. But for patients like Brandi Surprenant — neither one was a viable option. Treatment for breast cancer left her with few options. Brandi explains, “You have a lot of skin inflammation after and implants sometimes do not really work well with radiated tissue.” Researching potential solutions led her to Dr. Michael Alperovich at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven — three hundred miles away from upstate New York where she lives. “I compare it to essentially doing a transplant within a patient’s body,” says Dr. Alperovich. The procedure he offered — the Pap Flap. He says, “The Pap Flap essentially is using upper thigh skin and fat and transferring that to create breast tissue.”

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