Cancer Currents for October 2008

News and Notes
John Baron, MD
John Baron Receives $19M in Renewed Support for Multi-center Study

John Baron, MD, PI of a national trial exploring the effects of two nutritional supplements on the prevention of colorectal cancer, has received significant continuing support from the NCI with a five-year $19 million renewal award. Dartmouth Medical School is leading a multi-center study that includes Norris Cotton Cancer Center, DHMC, and nine other distinguished institutions, to determine if calcium and vitamin D lower the risk of growths that can become cancer in the colon or rectum. For more information, click here.

Marrow Drive
Marrow Drive a Great Success: 214 New Registrants

Of the over 250 volunteers who came to the marrow drive on September 24, 214 passed the health history, had their cheeks swabbed, and will be placed in the National Marrow Donor Registry. This exceeded the drive's goal of 200 new registrants. An additional 45 people who were unable to wait in line are receiving test kits in the mail. And another 25 people from Norris Cotton Cancer Center North in St. Johnsbury will be added on October 8. For more information, call the DHMC Blood Donor Program at (866) 40-DONOR.

Upcoming Events
Oct 2: Bedell Distinguished Lecture in Oncology Nursing

Brenda Nevidjon, RN, MSN, FAAN, President of the Oncology Nursing Society and Clinical Professor and Chair of the Masters Program at Duke University School of Nursing, will give the 2008 Bedell Distinguished Lecture in Oncology Nursing on October 2: "The Legacy We Leave: Reflections on Oncology Nursing." Nevidjon was the first nurse and first woman to be Chief Operating Officer of Duke University Hospital.

Oct 23: Friends Present: Conversations on Survivorship

John Burns is one of the longest-serving foreign correspondents in The New York Times' history. On October 23, Burns will talk informally about surviving his battle with cancer. His talk-"With a little help from my friends: Surviving cancer, from Sloan-Kettering to Sarajevo, Kabul and Baghdad"-is the first in a series of presentations sponsored by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center on survivorship.

Oct 28: Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Meeting

The Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium will meet in Portsmouth, NH, at the Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Hotel and Conference Center on October 28, 2008. The meeting will include presentations by Tracy Onega, PhD, on re-initiation of HT after cessation post-WHI and Eugene Demidenko, PhD, on electrical impedance tomography. For more information on the BCSC meeting, contact Tracy Onega at