FOR RELEASE: 6/1/2012Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Stratford resident’s treatment for uterine cancer featured in newsletter

When Carmella Marranzino of Stratford was diagnosed with uterine cancer in April 2010, she took the advice of Bridgeport Hospital Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Masoud Azodi, MD, to undergo a robot-assisted hysterectomy followed by radiation and chemotherapy.

Dr. Azodi performed the first robot-assisted surgery at the hospital in 2007. Since then, he and other Bridgeport Hospital physicians have performed nearly 1,500 procedures using the da Vinci “S” minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery system—more than any other hospital in Fairfield County.

“I knew I was in good hands and that this was the best decision for me,” Carmella says in the cover story of the Spring 2012 issue of Healthy & Wise, the hospital’s community health newsletter. To request a free copy, call toll free, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396. Healthy & Wise is also available at

Today, two years after her surgery, Carmella says she is feeling great.

The new Healthy & Wise also includes articles about Bridgeport Hospital’s Genetic Counseling Program for cancer, and Ask the Expert columns about endobronchial ultrasound to detect chest cancers by pulmonologist Daniel Rudolph, MD, and about the DNA-based know error® system to assure the accuracy of breast and prostate cancer biopsies by breast surgeon Andrew Kenler, MD, and urologist Jeffrey Small, MD.

Other articles in Healthy & Wise discuss Bridgeport Hospital’s Geriatric Emergency Medical Service and the hospital’s award-winning Patient Passport, a journal for cancer patients to keep track of appointments, medications and other aspects of their care.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.