Cancer Currents for January 2009

News and Notes
Mark Israel

From the Director, with Thanks and Best Wishes for the New Year!
As the year turns, I'd like to thank each of you for the dedication and knowledge you bring to our Cancer Center, whether in our clinics, in our laboratories, among our patients, or in reaching out to the communities we serve. There have been countless individual achievements of significance in 2008, and each has had a positive impact upon both science and the lives of our patients. Your efforts and commitment are key to our enduring success and I am confident that, despite the economic downturn of recent months, 2009 will continue to see remarkable achievements at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Wishing you the joys of the season and a new year filled with peace and happiness.

-Mark Israel

Lory Grimes

Lory Grimes Takes Icy Dip to Raise Money for ACS
On January 1, Lory Grimes, Clinical Manager at Norris Cotton Cancer Center North, jumped into Lake Willoughby to raise money for the Caledonia County, VT Relay for Life. An annual event, the Lake Willoughby Dip is an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

American Cancer Society Institutional Grants
Norris Cotton Cancer Center is pleased to announce that funds for seed money grants are again available from our American Cancer Society (ACS) Institutional Grant. Applications will be accepted until February 16, 2009 (deadline extended from previously stated date of January 31) and will be reviewed for funding priority by the local ACS/IRG Review Committee. The principal purpose of these grants is to support studies undertaken by investigators who are early in their careers and need pilot data before submitting individual research grant applications. Up to $30,000 may be requested. More information and application.

Kingsbury Pavilion Logo

Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Kingsbury Pavilion
The Kingsbury Cancer Center, located in Keene, New Hampshire at Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, is strengthening its relationship with Norris Cotton Cancer Center and changing its name to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Kingsbury Pavilion. Patients with cancer and their families in the Monadnock region will benefit from increased access to the research knowledge, clinical expertise, and clinical trials of our National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of only 40 centers in the nation, and the only center in northern New England to hold the NCI "comprehensive" designation. Read more.

Planning Cancer Educational Events for the Public or Patients
The Norris Cotton Cancer Center administration office can help you plan a cancer education event for the public and/or patients, and is scheduling and allocating resources now for events for the 2009-2010 academic year. If your group is interested in planning a public/patient education event for September - December 2009, please contact Beth Wood, Conference & Events Coordinator, at for more information on how we can help. A description of the event purpose and audience will need to be submitted by January 23, 2009.

The best cancer care in the world. Right here. Right now.

Best Cancer Care

It is a bold promise, but one that we can all proudly stand behind. At Norris Cotton Cancer Center, you'll find the best research-based cancer care available anywhere in the world. No matter where you work, or what you do, you are essential to our commitment to developing and delivering the best cancer care in the world.

As 2009 begins and we look to our future, we are asking not only for your continued effort and support but for your input as well. What can we do to strengthen our commitment to the very best, to stand behind our promise to our patients?

Through an extensive interview and review process, we have developed a Strategic Plan for the future of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. We invite you to read the Overview, Mission and Vision, and Goals (these links are accessible from within the DHMC network).