Cancer Currents for June 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Stefan Balan Receives National Quality of Life Award

Photo: Stefan Balan, MD

Please join me in congratulating Stefan Balan, MD, who is one of ten recipients of the American Cancer Society's 2010 Lane Adams Quality of Life Award. This national award recognizes individuals who "innovatively and consistently provide excellent and compassionate skilled care, counsel, and/or service to persons with cancer and their families." Dr. Balan, who is the clinical director for Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester, was cited by his peers as well as his patients for his "caring, down-to-earth approach" and for giving patients and families "an increased sense of strength, perseverance, and hope for the future."

2010 "Outstanding Collaborator" with ACS

I'm also pleased to announce that the American Cancer Society has named Norris Cotton Cancer Center as its 2010 Outstanding Collaborator in New Hampshire. The Cancer Center partners with the American Cancer Society in many areas including research, cancer education, screening programs, and support for patients with cancer and families through treatment. Mel Pepin, the patient navigator at Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester, is a wonderful example of how we work with ACS to support patients with cancer and families throughout our region. I'm pleased to have Dr. Balan accepting the Outstanding Collaborator Award on our behalf at the Relay for Life in Manchester on June 4, at 6:00 p.m. in Livingston Park.

New Leadership for Nursing at DHMC

Sherry P. Greifzu, RN, MSN, AOCN, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, has agreed to support the position of Interim Director of Nursing Practice for the Office of Professional Nursing (OPN). In this role, Ms. Greifzu will provide direction and leadership for nursing practice throughout Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, ensuring consistency in policies, procedures, and standards of care. As the oncology clinical nurse specialist, she has provided oncology nursing education to nurses throughout the Cancer Center. She is a member of the chemotherapy subcommittee of the P&T, Blood Transfusion Committee, Radiation Safety Committee, Nursing Policy and Procedure Committee, and CPHS.

NCCC Meeting Travel Award


To promote continued Dartmouth participation in the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE), the Cancer Center will fund an NCCC presentation at the 2010 Annual AACE Meeting, October 25-27, 2010, in San Diego, CA. The AACE promotes accurate, effective, and focused cancer education of health professionals, patients, families, caregivers, survivors, and the public.

This year's conference, titled "The Impact of Cancer Education on Patients, Practitioners, and the Public," has invited abstracts in prevention and detection, treatment, survivorship, palliative care, patient education, disparities, community outreach, and medical/healthcare professional education (including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education). The abstract deadline for oral presentations is June 10, 2010.

To be eligible for this Meeting Travel Award, please send a copy of your abstract and notification of your abstract's acceptance to Robert Gerlach. The Cancer Center intends to sponsor at least one presentation. Selection criteria will include the merit of the work presented and its prominence on the program (e.g., oral presentation).

Eating Well, Living Well on Cancer Survivor's Day

Photo: Cancer Survivors

More than 50 people enjoyed this year's Cancer Survivor's Day on May 23. Programmed around the "Eat Well, Live Well" theme, presentations included diet and nutrition advice from Lavanya Kethamukkala, RD, LD, Outpatient Oncology Dietitian; suggestions for how to incorporate locally grown foods at home from Steve Trage, sous chef at the Hanover Inn; an update on cancer research from Michael Ward, vice president for cancer programs; and a concluding inspirational talk by Dawn Baker, Miss New Hampshire Senior America for 2010 and a 20-year cancer survivor, who ended with a flourish by dancing a rumba. View pictures from the event on Facebook.

Help Fight Cancer Day Success in Vermont

Photo: NCCC St. Johnsbury

This event, held on May 15 at Norris Cotton Cancer Center North in St. Johnsbury, VT, was a huge success-thank you to all involved. There was live music, a raffle, a book-signing by a local author, a cook out, bake sale, car wash, face-painting, even a jousting contest. Nearly $2,400 was contributed to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center North's Relay for Life team. Chances to win a kayak and Red Sox game tickets are still available through June 12. Just call Norris Cotton Cancer Center North at (802) 473-4100.

New Telephone Support Group

Photo: Woman on phone

"Voices of Hope" is a new telephone-based group providing support and education for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This group is open to anyone living in New England regardless of where they have received treatment. It is facilitated by Ellen Curri, MSW. And a reminder: We also host the "Living Beyond Breast Cancer" telephone support group for women who are beyond their initial treatment for breast cancer. It's facilitated by Cynthia Cote, APRN. Visit the Patient and Family Support Services website for information about all of our breast cancer support groups.

New Big-Screen Display in 3K

Photo: Screen display

Next time you're in the Cancer Center's Hematology Oncology waiting area in 3K at DHMC in Lebanon, be sure to take a look at the new big-screen display hanging on the west wall. The primary purpose of the digital display is information dissemination rather than entertainment. Content focuses on Cancer Center support services, events, programs, and services. Rotating information now on display in 3K highlights our many doctors who were named to New Hampshire Magazine's Top Doctors of 2010 list, describes and lists cancer support groups, promotes The Prouty, and delivers the SunSafe message, among other information. A scrolling sidebar gives dates and times for patient art classes, massage, support groups-even the local weather forecast. It's a great addition to an already beautiful waiting area.

If you'd like information about your department or services included in the rotating display, email Stephanie Beliveau-Gilchrest.

Upcoming Events
Skip Matthews Memorial Father's Day Run

Skip's Run Logo

Sunday, June 20
Lebanon, NH
9:30 a.m. (walk/fun run), 10:30 a.m. (run)
The Annual Skip Matthews run commemorates the life of Skip Matthews and benefits the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Participants choose from a 4-mile race or a 1-mile walk/fun run-kids welcome. More information.

Eastman Benefit

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Thursday & Friday, June 24 - 25
Grantham, NH
Thursday, June 24: dessert buffet and silent auction, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 25: registration, 8:30 a.m.; tee-off, 10:00 a.m.
The Eastman Benefit for Norris Cotton Cancer Center has expanded to include a scrumptious dessert buffet/silent auction on a Thursday evening and an amateur golf tournament on Friday. Both support cancer research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. More information.

-Mark Israel, MD