Cancer Currents for July 2009

News and Notes from the Director
Cancer Center Website Transition and Redesign Begins: Your Input Needed

Over the next 12 to 15 months, the Cancer Center website will transition into a new content management system known as Open Text (formerly Red Dot). Open Text will enable us to more effectively and efficiently develop and maintain the web site, as well as enhance its integration with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system websites. This transition also gives us an opportunity to refresh and upgrade the site's overall look and feel, as well as its navigation. The first step is to begin a comprehensive needs analysis and site assessment, which involves hearing from all the people who visit the site, including physicians, nurses, scientists, staff, patients, and the public. We need to hear from all of you! Please take a brief break from your busy day to complete the Cancer Center Website Feedback Survey and provide us with this critical input. The survey should only take you about 5 minutes to complete.

Clinical Trials - New Website Features

Logo: Ask About Clinical Trials

As part of the Cancer Center's "Ask Me About Clinical Trials" campaign, on Monday, June 8, the Cancer Center website went live with an all-new Clinical Trials section. Taking advantage of the latest features in Velos, website visitors can now view, in real time, all the Cancer Center's active/enrolling clinical trials by body location. Additionally, visitors can choose to view only our Phase I trials, only our pediatric trials, or only our survivorship & palliative care trials. Our web producer, Susan Colm, is happy to receive any feedback you may have on the new system.

It's Time to Prouty!

Logo: Prouty 2009

It's less than two weeks until The Prouty Ultimate and The Prouty-Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11-and things are popping! It looks as though we'll have at least as many people participating as last year, with around 1/3 of those new participants. There's still time to sign up, so if you haven't done so yet, get online and register. If you're going to BIKE, you must register before July 8 at 5:00 p.m. You can still register for the WALK last-minute, on-site on Friday, July 10 from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, July 11 from 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. It would be great to see the entire Norris Cotton Cancer Center community sharing in the camaraderie, fun, and passion of the day, and helping us to reach our goal of $2,250,000. Register today, and we'll see you there!

Long-Term Partnership

Photo: Knights of the Yorks Cross of Honour Group Photo

Twenty-three members of the Knights of the Yorks Cross of Honour (KYCH), a leadership group of the Masonic Fraternity, traveled from across the country to meet with Chris Lowrey, MD, to tour Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and to get an update on leukemia research and current projects in Dr. Lowrey's laboratory that are funded by the KYCH. For more than 20 years, the KYCH Convent General Medical Research Foundation has supported Norris Cotton Cancer Center, beginning with an initial contribution of $300 and growing to a total of more than $1.1 million.

CCOP Cancer Prevention Pilot Funds

Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support pilot projects in cancer prevention. These funds are available from our CCOP Research Base grant supported by the NCI Division of Cancer Prevention. Any investigator at a CALGB main member, at-large member, CCOP, or affiliate is eligible to apply. Applications should be in the form of a 3-5 page concept sheet to conduct a prevention pilot clinical trial. Applications are due by July 13, 2009. Click here for more information.

Walk with the Docs Lap at Relay for Life in St. Johnsbury

Relay for Life

Norris Cotton Cancer Center North participated in the 5th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Caledonia County on June 13 and 14 at St. Johnsbury Academy with a "Walk with the Docs" lap. The crowd applauded as Dartmouth-Hitchcock oncologists, nurses, and health care providers in white lab coats walked with their patients. More than 100 local cancer survivors and their caregivers took to the track to walk the survivor lap, and close to 900 people participated in the overnight event. The event in St. Johnsbury is one of more than 30 Relay for Life events in New Hampshire and Vermont. The American Cancer Society holds Relay for Life events around the country to celebrate survivorship and raise money for ACS research and programs.

-Mark Israel, MD