Griffin Hospital offers comprehensive cancer care, close to home. 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.
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, 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.
By concentrating this world-class technology with the talent of highly skilled professionals, the Griffin Health Hospital can quickly assemble the resources required to provide optimal care that is tailored to each patient’s individual needs.
The Griffin Health Hospital offers a broad array of diagnostic services for patients that can be provided, in many cases, on the same day. If a suspicious finding on a test is detected, patients have ready access to additional diagnostic testing, which is coordinated by the Center’s staff.
Within the Center, soothing colors, comfortable furnishings, and other amenities — such as a coffee bar and water feature — create intimate spaces for patients and family members. Complementing this healing environment, the Center’s staff is committed to educating and empowering patients to be active participants in their own care journey.
Call The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital at (203) 732-1260.
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.
Cancer PreventionSmoking Cessation
That’s it! Learn to quit.
Clinical ServicesOncology 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.
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.
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.
With stereotactic radiosurgery, we can treat a variety of conditions throughout the body, including inoperable tumors near the lungs, brain, and spine.
SupportBreast Cancer Support Group
No one has to face breast cancer alone. The Breast Cancer Support Group provides support information, empowerment and peer support.
Real Talk. Real Support
Real Talk. Real Support. Cancer Support Group provides assistance to cancer patients through information, empowerment and peer support.
Prostate Cancer Support Group
The Prostate Support Group provides 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.
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.
Get Rewarded for Choosing High-Quality Care
Connecticut State Employees and State Health Plan members can now earn a cash reward for choosing this high-quality service for their healthcare needs through the State of Connecticut Network of Distinction program. To get started book an appointment through your State Health Navigator at (866) 611-8005 or at carecompass.ct.gov/nod.
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.
Breast Reconstruction Surgery
Surgical Options Sometimes, surgery is needed to remove all or part of the lump so that it can be checked for cancer cells. Surgical biopsies are usually done in an outpatient clinic, so you don’t have to stay overnight. For these biopsies you are given local anesthesia (you are awake, but drugs are used to make your breast numb). You. Find out more here.
Cancer (Oncology) Rehabilitation
The Highest Level of Survivorship Services In recent years, there has been much talk about creating survivorship as a distinct phase of cancer care and providing each patient with a survivorship care plan. At The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital, we are committed to offering the best available survivorship services. This is why we have implemented Oncology Rehabilitation. Find out more here.
The what, why and how of Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy (also called chemo) is a type of cancer treatment that uses drugs to destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy works by stopping or slowing the growth of cancer cells, which grow and divide quickly. Depending on your type of cancer and how advanced it is, chemotherapy can: Cure cancer—when chemotherapy destroys cancer cells to. Find out more here.
Genetic Counseling & Testing
Using personal and family history to assess risk. Cancer genetic counseling is the process of collecting your detailed personal and family history, assessing your personal risk, and discussing your genetic testing options. Genetic tests are tests on blood and other tissue used to identify genetic disorders. Genetic counseling and testing services are offered to individuals and families as part. Find out more here.
Is hormone therapy right for me? If a breast cancer is “hormone receptor positive,” then the patient is a candidate for hormonal therapy. How does hormonal therapy work? This consists of taking an “anti-hormone” pill (Tamoxifen, Arimidex, Femara, or Aromasin) on a a daily basis for approximately five years after surgery to reduce the likelihood of the same type of. Find out more here.
Slowing the growth and stopping the spread of cancer cells. Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) is a treatment for cancer that uses high doses of radiation to kill cancer cells and stop them from spreading. Low doses of radiation are used in common activities such as X-rays of your teeth or bones, yet when given in high doses, radiation kills. Find out 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. Find out more here.
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. 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. Find out more here.
Lung Cancer Screening (Low Dose CT)
Low-Dose CT Scans Find Lung Cancer Earlier A Simple Test – Covered By Insurance – That Can Save Your Life. If you (or a loved one) are between the ages of 50 and 80 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. Find out more here.
Dietary & Nutrition Services
Griffin Hospital’s Registered Dietitians provide one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions for a variety of medical conditions, including but not limited to: Diabetes; heart disease; celiac disease; food allergies; and pre-and post-bariatric surgery or individuals just simply looking to improve their health and eat better. The initial appointment is an hour session and follow-ups are a half hour. During the appointment, the. Find out more here.
Comprehensive. Comforting. Close to home. Our team of doctors and physicists develop plans for individualized treatment by using a spectrum of leading technology and advanced radiotherapy techniques, resulting in better outcomes and less side effects. In partnership with Yale Medicine, our medical staff comprehensively evaluate and treat patients in need of any form of radiation therapy. We have extensive expereince. Find out more here.
The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is home to the renowned physicians of Smilow Cancer Hospital, New England’s largest medical oncology group. Through regular participation in clinical trials, the physicians of Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center are able to providing access to new and emerging treatments not widely available elsewhere. Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center is a dynamic, forward-looking organization. Find out more here.
Stereotactic radiosurgery isn’t actually surgery at all, but a noninvasive radiation therapy that treats cancerous and noncancerous tumors. The advanced technologies in the system allow our skilled team to target a precise beam of high-dose radiation at a tumor, while limiting exposure to healthy cells surrounding the tumor. With stereotactic radiosurgery, we can treat a variety of conditions throughout the. Find out more here.
Take comfort. Griffin Hospital offers comprehensive cancer care, close to home. 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. Find out more here.
Prostate Cancer Care
Contact us at 203-732-1280 for Exceptional, Patient-Centered Prostate Cancer Care The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital specializes in diagnosing and treating prostate cancer with state of the art biopsy techniques and sophisticated high level treatments including Prostate Radiosurgery. We offer advanced treatment for all stages of prostate cancer in a tranquil, healing environment. In keeping with Griffin’s commitment to. Find out more here.
Clinical Social Worker
Cancer affects each person in a different way. Life experiences, personalities, and family situations are all different. The Center for Cancer Care is committed to taking care of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – and this person-centered approach can be felt throughout the center. Lindsay Vitale, LCSW, is the center’s oncology social worker. She is available to. Find out more here.
Consultations are provided by our Clinical Nutrition Coordinator upon request. Make an Appointment or Learn More Call The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital – Nutrition Services Coordinator at (203) 732-1403.
Same-Day Surgery Amenities
Amenitities for health and wellness A number of complementary services and amenities are available to patients and visitors to aid in healing and relaxation. More about Planetree at Griffin Hospital Guided Imagery Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that focuses your attention on pleasant images to replace negative or stressful feelings and relax. Guided imagery may be directed by you. Find out more here.
Outpatient Surgery Preparation
Preparing for Surgery Once you have decided to have surgery, there are steps you can take to make sure everything goes smoothly. Knowing what to expect and being prepared helps to make the process easier for everyone involved. Insurance Prior to surgery, an insurance verification specialist from Griffin Hospital will contact you to confirm your personal information and verify your. Find out more here.
Day of Surgery
What to Expect at the Hospital When you arrive, you may report directly to the Same Day Surgery Department for your scheduled appointment. The department is located on the ground floor of the hospital. Before Surgery Upon arrival in the Same Day Surgery Department you will be greeted by a member of the Same Day Surgery staff who will take. Find out more here.
Elekta Synergy Radiation Treatment System
Video Image Placeholder We know that the diagnosis of cancer may seem scary and that’s why The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital is committed to providing the very best in oncology care. The Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital has the highest state-of-the-art Elekta Synergy radiation treatment system to help treat your cancer as aggressively as. Find out more here.