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Cancer Care Closer to Homee

Take Comfort

Imagine not having to leave your community for access to the latest cancer treatment protocols, clinical trials, or even Smilow Cancer Hospital physicians. Take comfort in the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital. Our highly-trained Griffin Hospital surgeons and staff, along with medical and radiation oncologists from Smilow Cancer Hospital, combine to form a care team that offers comprehensive cancer care at a whole new level. It’s a different kind of cancer care - one that unites science and sensitivity - all in a compassionate, beautiful healing environment that's more comforting, and closer to home than ever before. With advanced technology that is among the newest in the country such as stereotactic radiosurgery, our skilled team to target a precise beam of high-dose radiation at a tumor, while limiting exposure to healthy cells surrounding the tumor.

Your Cancer Treatment

Just as patients are unique and cancers vary, so each treatment may be different. In determining whether surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or any of these in combination will be your most effective course of treatment, your physician considers your general health and medical history, as well as the type, size and location of your cancer.

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital offers a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment, including radiation therapy, and stereotactic radiosurgery in an outpatient setting requiring no overnight stay.

In addition to your primary treatment approach, your doctor may recommend additional therapies or services to support your treatments or to help you cope with side effects. These may include nutritional consultation, patient support groups, massage, naturopathy or homeopathic prescriptions, yoga or relaxation therapy, to name a few.

Treatment Specialties


  • The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital combines state-of-the-art technology, a team of highly trained physicians and staff, and a Planetree healing environment to offer our patients a comprehensive range of personalized breast care and wellness services. The Center features two new, state-of-the-art digital mammography suites, two breast ultrasound suites, and an advanced system to perform stereotactic biopsy. Learn more here.


  • Prostate cancer screenings are recommended for men at 50 years old. Men at higher risk, including African American men and men who have a first-degree relative (father or brother) diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65, should be screened at age 45. Men at a very high risk (multiple family members diagnosed with prostate cancer before age 65 years) should receive be tested at age 40.


  • If you (or a loved one) are between the ages of 55 and 77 and have ever been a heavy smoker, the risk of developing lung cancer should not be ignored. Griffin Hospital offers a low-dose CT lung cancer screening to those who qualify based on age and smoking history. The screening can help detect lung cancer early, which can increase survival rates among smokers by as much as 20%. Find out more here.


  • Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly-diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death - colon cancer. Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities, and the lifetime risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer is about one in 20. With early screening and testing, colon cancer is preventable, treatable and beatable.

Head and Neck

  • Most oral cancers arise on the lips, tongue or the floor of the mouth. They also may occur inside the cheeks, on the gums or on the roof of the mouth. Oropharyngeal cancers related to HPV are often found in the tonsil or base of tongue. Other head and neck cancers arise from the voice box or throat, or from salivary (spit) glands or the thyroid gland. While anyone can develop thyroid cancers, a family history or exposure to radiation is considered a risk factor that may increase the risk. Most salivary gland cancers do not seem to be associated with any particular cause.

Your Multidisciplinary Team

Sanjay Aneja, MD - Radiation Oncology

John Aversa, Jr., DO - Colorectal Surgery

Denise Barajas, MD - Breast Surgery

Armand Russo, MD - Medical Oncology

Joyce Chung, MD - Radiation Oncology

Richard Salzano, MD Thoracic Surgery


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Patient Care Navigation

Even with the most caring and attentive doctors and staff, cancer care can often be overwhelming. It’s not easy to manage everything that’s going on, but having someone on your side, helping you navigate the course of your care and treatment, can make things a little easier.

Our Patient Care Navigator is an experienced nurse who knows all about cancer care and does everything possible to make your diagnosis and treatment understandable and less stressful. She is committed to helping you navigate all aspects of your care.

Cancer Care Navigation Services

The Patient Care Navigator at the Center for Cancer Care, is available to help you by:

  • Working with your doctors to learn the details of your treatment plan.
  • Talking to you and your family about your needs — schedules, medications, transportation, etc. — and approaches that suit you best.
  • Communicating your needs to caregivers to make sure your doctors, nurses and therapists all work in a way that works for you.
  • Explaining your treatment options, to help you and your family make more informed decisions.
  • Providing tools to help you keep track of your doctor’s appointments, tests, treatments, and medications, so you and your caregivers always know what’s coming up next.
  • Helping you coordinate tests and services, and giving you reminders as needed.
  • Following up with you and your family to make sure you’re comfortable and well cared for throughout your treatment.

Oncology Rehabilitation Services

Our Cancer Rehabilitation Program incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to meet the needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer and the needs of their family members and caregivers.

Lung Cancer Screening | Low-Dose CT

If you are between the ages of 50 and 79 and have ever been a heavy smoker, the risk of developing lung cancer should not be ignored. This screening can help detect lung cancer early which can increase survival rates among smokers by as much as 20% and is now now covered by insurance.

Oncology Nutrition Services

Complimentary one-on-one nutrition counseling is available with our oncology certified registered dietitian (RD) for those individuals diagnosed with cancer as well as any cancer survivors.

Medical Oncology

The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is home to the renowned physicians of Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center, New England’s largest medical oncology group.

Radiation Oncology

Griffin offers the most advanced technologies available in medicine today, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), together with the medical expertise of Yale Therapeutic Radiology, one of the largest and most well respected groups of radiation oncologists in the region.

Genetic Counseling & Testing

In genetic counseling, specially-trained professionals help people learn about genetic conditions, find out their chances of being affected by or having a child or other family member with a genetic condition, and make informed decisions about testing and treatment.

Stereotactic Radiosurgery

With stereotactic radiosurgery, we can treat a variety of conditions throughout the body, including inoperable tumors near the lungs, brain, and spine.

Breast Cancer Support Group

No one has to face breast cancer alone. The Breast Cancer Support Group provides support through information, empowerment and peer support.

"Moving On" Fitness

Moving On Fitness helps breast cancer survivors move forward by staying fit and healthy.

Prostate Cancer Support Group

The Prostate Support Group is here to provide support through information, empowerment, and peer support.

Caregivers Support Group

The Caregivers Support Group is here to provide assistance through information, empowerment, and peer support.

Hairs to You

Hairs to You is a private wig consultation and fitting program offered by The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital.

Little Wonders

Free tickets to local theaters, concerts and supporting events for our cancer patients who are in active treatment at the Center for Cancer Care and their loved ones.

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