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.
Innovative Care & Brotherly Love Team Up
When Marc St. Martin was diagnosed with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) in 2007, he had no way of knowing the impact it would have throughout his family. Over the course of five years, Marc underwent treatment with spot radiation therapy, total skin electron beam therapy, and chemotherapy, all in the hopes of achieving a durable remission. When this course no longer seemed to be working eeffectively, it was recommended by his dermatologist, Dr. Richard Edelson, Aaron B. and Marguerite Lerner Professor and Chairman of Dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, and an internationally-recognized pioneer in the research and treatment of CTCL, that Marc prepare for a stem cell transplant.
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.”
A New Pathway for Patients
Free flap surgeries are among the most complex for patients with head and neck cancers. In these reconstructive procedures, tissue from one part of the body is transplanted to another site, where the new tissue gets reconnected to the blood supply through intricate microsurgeries. Recovery is difficult for patients.