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.
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.
Connecticut Magazine recognizes Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital physicians as 'Best Doctors'
Connecticut Magazine has named 77 Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven physicians and surgeons to its 2018 Best Doctors guide. Published in the magazine's April issue, the Best Doctors list consists of 779 Connecticut physicians from 78 medical specialties.
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.
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.”
Yale Medicine pioneers gender-affirming surgery in Connecticut
The Gender-Affirming Surgery Program at Yale Medicine helps transgendered people change their sex surgically from male to female. This is the first and only program of its kind in Connecticut. At this time, the department does not perform female-to-male surgeries, which are more complicated and more costly.
Researchers Identify Heterogeneity of Tissue Resident Memory T Cells as Targets of Checkpoint Therapies
Researchers at Yale Cancer Center and Yale Medicine have identified the critical target of new immune-checkpoint therapies: subsets of immune cells called tissue resident memory (TRM) T cells. In the same research, scientists also found that individual metastatic cancer lesions contain unique sets of TRM cells.
Yale Cancer Center Researchers Identify New T cell Subsets with Potential to Improve Cellular Therapy for Cancer
A Yale Cancer Center research team has identified that two genes, NR4A1 and ABC transporters, mark a distinct subset of quiescent T cells within human tissues, and have developed methods to mobilize them into circulation for potential application in adoptive T cell therapy of cancer.
Orthognathic surgery course draws trainees from across the country
As Yale and Yale New Haven Hospital have become a high-volume center for orthognathic procedures, Derek Steinbacher, D.M.D, M.D., chief of oral and maxillofacial surgery and dentistry, has developed a hands-on surgical teaching lab for trainees hoping to learn this surgery.