Cancer Currents for October 2012

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Mark Israel, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

In this 2013 election season, there is so much talk about health care that one could think everything health care related will be scrapped, rearranged, downsized, or rendered unrecognizable. People are worried. They are concerned not only about the realities of emerging health care policy, but of their own care, and that of family members.

BJ's Event

BJ's Hooksett plans a Pink Picnic on October 1st in our honor.

My message today is that regardless of such changes, we'll be there. Regardless of what happens in Washington or Concord, the clinicians of this Cancer Center will be there caring for our patients. Our highly trained staff will always deliver expert cancer care no matter the organizational structure in which that care is delivered.

As we provide cancer care for the citizens of our region, it is exciting to see how much they care for us. The best exemplar of this commitment is their outstanding support of The Prouty. Recently regional businesses have begun to raise money for the Cancer Center too. This month all BJ's Wholesale Clubs are raising money for breast cancer and they'll donate it to the east coast comprehensive cancer centers. Last year their donation to us was $43,000. With continued support from our patients and regional businesses and institutions, we will continue to be the Cancer Center they can count on.

Mark Israel, Director

New NCCC Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest Cancer Center members.

Molecular Therapeutics

  • Kerrington Smith

Cancer Epidemiology and Chemoprevention

  • Christopher Amos
  • Amar Das
  • Diane Diamond-Gilbert
  • Scott Williams

We are very pleased to have added such a strong group of accomplished investigators to our team.

Anna Tosteson Co-director appointed for Cancer Control

Anna N. A. Tosteson, ScD, Professor of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine and of The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) will serve as Co-director of NCCC's Cancer Control Program. As a faculty member at Dartmouth, Anna has worked as a collaborator and project leader in multidisciplinary settings to evaluate the impact of new technologies on health and health care. Anna’s expertise in decision-analytic modeling, economic evaluation, and preference-based measures of health-related quality of life provides a strong foundation for her new role. She has held leadership roles with NCCC's Office of Cancer Comparative Effectiveness Research, the Center for Comparative Effectiveness of Advanced Imaging in Cancer, and the Comparative Effectiveness Research Program at TDI. Congratulations Anna.

Investigators Reception New Investigator Reception

The research leadership at Norris Cotton Cancer Center is pleased to announce a Welcome Reception for New Investigators on Monday October 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Atrium on Level 6 of the Rubin Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. We hope that you'll be able to be there as you are part of the group we are welcoming- the new investigators in cancer. It is an enjoyable way for the new investigators to meet colleagues.

Who's Calling?

One of our own is serving as spokesperson for the organization's culture of caring campaign. Watch this video to find out which one of our medical staff members offers advice on what we should be thinking about every time we pick up the phone.

Protect Yourself and Your Family
Flu shots

DHMC Weekend Flu Clinics for all Adults & Children:

  • Sunday, September 30
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 13
    8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Park in the main entrance parking lot and go to the Information Desk. There will be signs and volunteers to direct you. Adults and children 9 and older who are not afraid of needles will be immunized in the Auditoria. Children less than 9 years of age, or afraid of needles, will be immunized at reception 3D.

Aging Resource Center Flu Clinics:

  • Thursday, October 18
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 15
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Aging Resource Center is located at 46 Centerra Parkway, 2nd Floor, Lebanon, N.H (Directions to the center.)

Mascoma Area Flu Clinics

Enfield Community Center:

  • Thursday, October 18
    4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 1
    4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Flu Clinics for Employees and Volunteers

Employee and Volunteer Flu clinics will be held on November 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Level 5 of the East Mall. Additional employee and volunteer flu clinics will be held on October 2, and October 9, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. near the Parking Garage on Level 4 of the Faulkner Building. Please bring your ID. These clinics are also open to medical students.

College Benefits Education Sessions

During Open enrollment and throughout the year, representatives from the Dartmouth College Benefits Office, as well as from our benefits providers will conduct presentations across campus on a variety of topics including benefit plan comparisons, retirement savings, flexible spending accounts (FSA), health savings accounts (HSA), wellness, and preventive care.

Registration is required for the Benefits Education sessions. Registration and confirmations will be managed through the Human Resources Professional Development Course Catalog link (under the heading "Benefits Education"). Register online for one of these sessions.

Please consider attending one of the below benefits education sessions. Note this schedule is abbreviated and subject to change. Please monitor the website for the most complete, most accurate info.

Friday, September 28, 2012
35 Centerra Parkway, Room 303

Thursday, October 4, 2012
41 Centerra Parkway, Room 334

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Human Resources, 7 Lebanon St.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Kemeny Hall- Room 008

Thursday, October 11, 2012
DHMC, Auditorium E, Level 3, Rubin Bldg.

Friday, October 19, 2012
Human Resources, 7 Lebanon St.

Friday, October 26, 2012
35 Centerra Parkway, Room 303

Monday, October 29, 2012
DHMC, Auditorium F, Level 3, Rubin Bldg.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Human Resources, 7 Lebanon St.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Collis 212

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Collis 212

Thursday, November 1, 2012
41 Centerra Parkway, Room 334

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Carson L02

Hospital/Clinic Benefits Enrollment

In preparation for this year's Open Enrollment for D-H Benefits, two Benefit Sessions will be offered to Department Directors and Practice Managers: Monday, September 17, from 4 to 5 pm in Aud. E and Tuesday September 18, from 7 to 8 am in Borwell 658W. The Benefits Department is planning more Benefit Sessions for all employees in the coming months. A Benefits newsletter will be mailed to all employees' homes by the end of September and early October in addition to the Benefits Guide, which will be mailed in late October.

Tick-Tock on Trick-or-Treat Deadline

E-learning Compliance Modules must be completed by October 31,2012. They are required by DHMC, NCCC, and The Geisel School of Medicine for employees located in Rubin or Centerra. This link will take you to the e-learning modules:

If you do not have a DHMC employee ID or have difficulty logging on, please contact Ms. Phaneu (contact info below) who will give you a system-compatible ID# to use.
Candice B. Phaneuf

Montain View Grand Resort Core Administrators

The seventh annual Northeast Regional Life Sciences Core Directors (NERLSCD) meeting will be held October 24-26, 2012, at the Mountain View Grand Resort, Whitefield, New Hampshire, hosted by the Norris Cotton Cancer Center of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The NERLSCD meeting is an outstanding regional forum for core administrators, directors and managers to network with colleagues, to learn about biotechnology advances and applications, and to discuss the challenges and results of implementing shared research resources.

D ude, get some air this winter

Season's passes for the Dartmouth Skiway are on sale now.

Events: Patients and Families

Art Play

A new studio workshop called Art Play will run four consecutive Tuesday nights in Oct- 9th through 30th from 5:30 – 7:30 in studio 233 at 85 Main St in WRJ. No art experience necessary. This is a workshop for health and wellbeing for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their for their loved ones. Using paint and collage materials the class will work for 4 weeks on individual art works.

Woman reading poetry Poems of Illness and Healing

The Norris Cotton Cancer Center presents the second annual reading of Poems of Illness and Healing- poetry and stories written by patients, caregivers and staff. Join us for a reception on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 pm, Auditorium G, Level 4, Rubin. Savor the soothing tones of harpist Margaret Stephens. A special art show will be on exhibit and artists available to talk about their work. The readings will follow and end at 7:30. Join us November 12! Please call 603-650-7751 for more information.

Upcoming Events of Note

Healing with Art ReceptionsStonebraker

Manchester, Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-7:30pm
Lebanon, Thursday, October 4, 6-7:30pm
Nashua, Thursday, October 11, 6-7:30pm

Based on the belief that art contributes to and reinforces the healing process for patients with cancer, the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center will host exhibits of juried works by New England artists this fall. Please join us for opening receptions at our Norris Cotton Cancer Center locations in Manchester on September 27, in Lebanon on October 4, and in Nashua on October 11, all from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Call (603) 703-6955 for info.

Pink Picnic

Monday, October 1, 4:30-6:30pm
BJ's Wholesale Club
400 Quality Dr.
Hooksett, NH

Come join us for a late afternoon Pink Picnic as we celebrate survival and honor those who offer hope, support and love to cancer patients and survivors every day. We'll have speakers, food and beverages, goodie bags, prizes and a really good time. Together we create a dedicated Community of Strength. .

October Fitness Challenge

October 1-31
1 Taylor Street
Lebanon, NH 03766

Carter Community Building Association presents the CCBA Cancer Challenge event October 1-31, 2012. Open to non-members for the first time this year, all are welcome to purchase run, bike, and/or swim cards (with a set amount of miles on each card) to raise money for NCCC, and earn free membership weeks when the card is completed! One card costs $30 and can earn 2 free weeks; two cards are $50 and can earn 4 weeks, and three cost just $70 and can earn 6 weeks! Non-members enjoy a discounted month-long membership opportunity of $66 to qualify. For more information contact

Harpoon road rae Got Lederhosen?!!

Harpoon Brewery Octoberfest Road Race - Sunday, October 7th
336 Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT 05089

Come for the run and stay for the beer and bratwurst! Race is at 11am. Festivities begin at noon. Wear a costume and kick it up a notch. Fundraising incentives will help, too – suspenders or socks or running shirts or back packs (depending on your level). This scenic 3.6 mile race at the brewery starts at 11:00 a.m. and the rest of the festivities get underway at noon. All proceeds will go to the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Register and get details at:

Friends Golf Tournament

Thursday, Oct. 11 – Candia Woods Golf Club
8:00am registration, 2pm Lunch, silent auction, Raffles, Awards
313 South River Road, Candia, NH 03103
603-483-2307 x 101

This tournament is open to all to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Krista Leclerc who is on staff at Candia Woods and who is facing the challenge of her life. NCCC-Manchester has given Krista life-saving care. Be a sponsor, a golfer or come for the fun. For additional information contact or call 603-483-2307x101.

River Valley Club Cancer Awareness Open House

Saturday, October 20 – noon -4pm
33 Morgan Drive
Centerra Park
Lebanon, NH 03766

New Fall Open House event activities include: a Chili cook off, pie bake off, whiffle ball tournament, pumpkin carving/painting (see sidebar), nail painting special at the spa and, especially for children, a face painting and glitter tattoo station. Prizes, donated by generous local businesses, will be awarded to contest winners and runner ups. All events are open to both members and non-members and will take place outdoors in and around the RVC parking lot beginning at 12pm and lasting until 4pm.

Spa Cancer Awareness month plans: In honor of Cancer Awareness Month, the Spa at RVC is thrilled to be able to hand out a complimentary and custom-made stress fix scented bottles of lotion to all cancer survivors and those currently undergoing treatment. The Spa will also be entering the names of those who receive the stress fix lotion into a drawing to win a free 50-minute Spa service.

Mullets in Movember

Saturday, November 10 – Verizon Center, Manchester

The Monarchs Care Foundation will partner with Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for the fight against men's cancers with Mullets in Movember on Saturday, November 10. The first 3,000 fans will receive mullet wigs and moustaches to wear as the Monarchs take on the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m. Buy the $30 pack (ticket and T-shirt) and $5 will go to the cause! To order: call 603-626-7825 or go to

Rampage Team Fitness Challenge

Saturday, November 10
Manchester, NH
NLP Strength & Conditioning Center, 33 S. Commercial Street – all day

Ready to RAMPAGE?! Gather your FUN friends who aren't afraid to get dirty for FITNESS and to support NCCC. The twelve events in three divisions include Tire Toss, Stretcher Carry, Team Sled Push and more! Don't delay, form your team today – registration rates increase Oct. 6th and Oct. 27th. To register, call (603) 627-7500.

Events: Staff

First Thursday Social

October 10/4/2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us at our monthly 'First Thursday' social at Canoe Club in Hanover. Come to catch up with colleagues or to meet new friends... join the fun! Contact or 603-646-3411

Life Sciences Greenhouse Tour (FREE!)

10/6/2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Did you know that Dartmouth College has pineapple and coffee plants and a collection of carnivourus plants? (Yes, carnivourous!) Join us for an informational tour of the Life Sciences Greenhouses and Brout Orchid Collection, led by Greenhouse Manager Kim Delong. Come explore this amazing resource! REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Health Fair

A health and wellness event for Dartmouth employees that will be held on October 17th, 2012 in Alumni Hall from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Some of the event activities will include:

  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Body Mass Index Measurements
  • Influenza Vaccinations
  • Blood Glucose and other Blood Level Testing
  • Meet and Greet with Health Coaches
  • Vendor and campus partners that support employee health

Bus Trip to Historic Salem, MA

10/28/2012 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Hop on the motor coach and enjoy a Sunday in Historic Salem, MA! We provide the bus ride down and the guides to the area and you are free to explore for the day. From the Salem Witch Trial museums to trolley tours, from shopping to parks and cemetaries... there is sure to be something for everyone. REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT REQUIRED.