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Cancer Currents for October 2009

News and Notes from the Director
September Bone Marrow Drives a Success
Photo: Keene staff at bone marrow drive

Cancer Center staff at the bone marrow drive in Keene

Four bone marrow donor drives held in September at Norris Cotton Cancer Center sites in Lebanon, Manchester, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, were a huge success, registering 336 new potential donors to the National Marrow Donor Program registry. The drives reached out to employees and local community members to raise awareness of the need for registry members and to educate the public about our Blood and Marrow Transplant Program.

On a related note, bone marrow transplantation was the focus of September's "Life After Cancer," a new monthly radio interview series (see below for more information). This episode featured bone marrow transplant nurse coordinator, Idalina Williams, RN; a leukemia survivor from Claremont, NH; and his bone marrow donor from Norwalk, CT.

New Cancer Resource Library in St. Johnsbury to Be Dedicated This Month
Photo: Library space before renovation

BEFORE: Library space before renovation

Photo: Library space after renovation

AFTER: Completed Gladys Brooks Cancer Resource Library

The Gladys Brooks Cancer Resource Library, which opened for patients this summer at Norris Cotton Cancer Center North in St. Johnsbury, will be dedicated in a public opening on Thursday, October 29. Initiated by a $5,000 grant from the American Cancer Society for cancer education resources, an endowment from the Gladys Brooks Foundation supported the renovation and outfitting of the space and will enable the library to replace and enhance its cancer resources materials on an ongoing basis. The library is staffed by library volunteers trained by the American Cancer Society.

New Postdoctoral Training Program

Dartmouth Medical School invites applications for a postdoctoral training and career development program designed to cross-train scientists in the fields of bioinformatics, biostatistics, and epidemiology for cancer research in the biomedical sciences. The Training Program for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences in Cancer at Dartmouth is supported by the Cancer Education and Career Development program of the National Cancer Institute. More information.

Canary Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Applications Due October 15

The Canary Foundation, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is extending its postdoctoral fellowship program focused on studies towards development of strategies for the early detection of cancer. Research should be directed at new approaches to improve clinical methods for the detection of primary tumors and/or metastases, including but not limited to research focused in the following areas: minimally invasive strategies for early detection; biomarker identification or discovery; imaging, including novel molecular imaging strategies; and segmentation of early stage disease according to prognosis.

Vermont Cancer Center Clinical & Translational Research Symposium on November 6

Dartmouth researchers Alan Eastman, PhD; Angeline Andrew, PhD; Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD; Marc S. Ernstoff, MD; and Linda Titus-Ernstoff, PhD, MA, are presenting at this year's VCC Clinical & Translational Research Symposium: "Environmental Cancers: Risk Factors, Mechanisms and Therapies." The symposium, a collaboration between VCC and Norris Cotton Cancer Center, is a free day-long research symposium featuring presentations from VCC, the Cancer Center, and other cancer research institutions, with particular emphasis on lung cancer/mesothelioma and skin cancers/melanoma. Note that there is a call for symposium poster submissions, open to any area of cancer-related research, not only those relating to the symposium topics. Registration and poster abstract deadline: October 23. Register, view agenda, and obtain poster submission details.

New "Life After Cancer" Monthly Radio Program
Logo: WTPL 107.7 The Pulse

In September, Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Upper Valley radio station WTPL 107.7 The Pulse presented the first episode in a new monthly radio interview series. "Life After Cancer" airs at 3 p.m. on the second Tuesday each month, during host Jack Heath's New Hampshire Today show. Each episode features a survivor of a particular type of cancer, with the survivor talking about his or her personal journey from diagnosis to health. Care providers from the Cancer Center are also on hand to talk about related research, treatment, and the latest information in prevention and screening. Tune in live, subscribe to the monthly podcast, or download an episode.

Upcoming Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lectures

Mark your calendars now for this fall's series of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lectures, which include:

  • Thursday, November 5: Inaugural Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Science: "Molecular Markers for Personalized Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy," with David Sidransky, MD
  • Thursday, November 12: 2009 Marilyn K. Bedell Distinguished Lecture in Oncology Nursing: "Unrelieved Symptoms During Cancer Treatment: Is Clinical Inertia a Factor?" with Kathi Mooney, PhD, RN, FAAN, AOCN
  • Thursday, December 17: 32nd David B. Kaner Memorial Lecture (details to be available soon)
-Mark Israel, MD