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Each year, over 1.7 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer. Ultimately, cancer touches nearly everyone’s life in some way. Whether for screenings, assessment of worrisome symptoms, diagnosis or treatment, eventually we all need to better understand this dreaded disease. 

As with most things, knowledge is power. The more you know about cancer, the better equipped you'll be to help yourself or a loved one who is awaiting a biopsy result or has already heard the words no one ever wants uttered: "It's cancer."

"I think the important thing for everyone to know is that cancer is now a survivable disease," says Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of Yale Cancer Center and physician-in-chief at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. "Our doctors, who are leaders in research and innovative treatments, are here to help you every step of the way if you need our care," Dr. Fuchs says.

Practicing at Smilow, our Yale Medicine doctors are committed to collaborative, coordinated care that is personalized to you. Each treatment plan is unique. Depending on your needs and priorities, your comprehensive treatment plan may include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or a combination of therapies. Our expert physicians are leaders in personalized cancer care; every patient’s cancer is analyzed using innovative tumor profiling techniques.

Our physicians and surgeons advance cancer care by developing, testing and introducing innovative technologies, techniques and treatments to the global medical community. We conduct ongoing clinical research and provide opportunities for our patients to gain access to new therapies not easily available elsewhere to help you or your loved one become a survivor.