Cancer Currents for September 2008

News and Notes
Tracy Onega, PhD
Tracy Onega Becomes New Leader of NH Mammography Network

Tracy Onega, PhD, assistant professor of community and family medicine, is the new principal investigator of the New Hampshire Mammography Network. Her focus is on population-based approaches to optimizing early detection and treatment of breast cancer. She has a special interest in how cancer care resources are allocated across populations, and how variations thereof impact patients with cancer. Onega assumed responsibility for the registry from Patricia Carney, PhD, who is now the new associate director for population studies at the OHSU Cancer Institute.

Dietrich Temporary Co-director of Cancer Control

Allen Dietrich, MD, Associate Director for Population Sciences for the Cancer Center, will act as Co-Director of the Cancer Control Research Program along with Meg Gerrard, PhD, while James Sargent, MD, is on sabbatical in Germany for the coming academic year. Sargent is continuing his research on the impact of media on adolescent behavior.

DHMC Is Tobacco-free
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On July 4, 2008, DHMC and Norris Cotton Cancer Center became smoke- and tobacco-free. Our mission as a healthcare institution is to provide the best care to every patient, every time, and support the health of every employee. The new policy prohibits smoking outside as well on all DHMC property. The tobacco-free policy includes cigarettes, cigars, pipe smoking, and chewing tobacco. The ban is in effect for all DHMC facilities, buildings, and grounds, owned or leased by DHMC; sidewalks on DHMC-owned or leased property; parking lots and driveways that are used by DHMC and DHMC vehicles. The only exception on campus is individuals can smoke inside their cars if parked in a lot but not in the parking garage. There are no designated smoking areas for employees.

Upcoming Events
Sept 4: Grand Rounds Resumes

Regular Cancer Center Grand Rounds resumes on Thursday, Sept 4, with a presentation by John Heaney, MB, on "Current Outcomes for Management of Localized Prostate Cancer." Grand Rounds are in Auditorium E, noon - 1pm. To access Grand Rounds online during or after the presentation or by podcast, go to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center media page.

Sept 16: Prostate Cancer Awareness Day

In recognition of September being Prostate Cancer Awareness month, the Prostate and Genitourinary Cancer Program is hosting a Prostate Cancer Awareness Day from 2:30 to 7:30 pm at DHMC. Presentations will explain prostate cancer and how it is diagnosed and treated, and will cover the latest options in surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone and chemotherapy for advanced prostate cancers.

Sept 24: Registration Drive for National Marrow Donor Program

Learn more about how you can help people who need a life-saving marrow or cord blood transplant during this free donor registration event. Donor registration requires a cheek swab to determine tissue type, plus contact and health information.