Cancer Currents for September 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Murray Korc Honored in China for Pancreatic Research

Photo: Murray Korc, MD

Please join me in congratulating Murray Korc, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and DHMC and scientific director of the Pancreatic Cancer Program, who was invited to China in July to give a talk about his research in pancreatic cancer and to be honored for Distinguished Achievement in Pancreatic Cancer Research and Clinical Management by the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Korc is a pioneer in modern pancreatic cancer research, and it's a great recognition of the many seminal contributions he has made to this field that his accomplishments are being honored internationally.

Cancer Center's Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Singled Out by CDC for Excellence

Photo: Colorectal Cancer Screening Logo

A key part of the Cancer Center's community outreach for cancer prevention, the New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program (NHCRCSP), has been singled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a best-practices model to increase colorectal cancer screening and thus prevent colorectal cancer. Funded by the CDC and developed in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, NHCRCSP aims to increase colorectal cancer screening to 80% of the state's residents age 50 and older by 2014. In addition, the NHCRCSP will be able to provide a small number of free colonoscopies to low-income, uninsured NH residents.

Bedell Lecture on September 23

Photo: Bedell Lecture Poster Image

This year's Marilyn K. Bedell Distinguished Lecture in Oncology Nursing will be delivered on Thursday, September 23, beginning at noon, by Lillian Nail, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is the Rawlinson Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Senior Scientist at the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Nail's lecture is "Follow-up Care for Cancer Survivors: Threats, Challenges, and Opportunities," and it promises to be an enlightening hour.

Shared Resource Fair

Please join us for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Shared Resource Fair on Wednesday, September 22, from 12-4 p.m. The Fair highlights in-house expertise and promotes access to high-end equipment and processes through the Shared Resources available to Cancer Center and Dartmouth investigators. Posters illustrating the contributions of Shared Resources to ongoing research will be presented, and Shared Resource directors and resource personnel will be available for questions and discussion. There will be guided tours of the Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Immune Monitoring – Flow Cytometry Shared Resources, and two seminars will be presented. Register outside Auditorium F beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Cancer Center Community Outreach

Photo: Kick Cancer Campaign Logo

Four rural employers in the Haverhill/Woodsville area of the Upper Valley are partnering in the Cancer Center's Kick Cancer campaign as part of their commitment to the health and well-being of their staff. Led by Telisa Stewart, MPH, DrPH, Director of Community Education and Prevention, the campaign promotes the importance of getting recommended cancer screening tests, reducing cancer risk behaviors, and finding cancer in its early stages. In September, four employers will begin a Kick Tobacco program, an element of Kick Cancer that's designed to inform employees about the harms of tobacco and provide information to help with tobacco-use cessation. Information to employees will be distributed through regular emails and paycheck enclosures.

Photo: Volunteer at Cancer Center Booth

The visibility of the Kick Cancer campaign was increased significantly with the Cancer Center's participation in the North Haverhill Fair in July, one of the Upper Valley's largest local fairs. Staff members manned a booth in the fair's exhibit hall and gave away materials promoting screening tests and how to reduce risky behaviors. Fair officials estimated that 10,000 people walked through the exhibit hall.

Breast Cancer and Exercise Video

Charlene Gates, PT, will present "Use of a Video for Teaching Breast Cancer Patients about the Benefits of Exercise During and After Treatment" at the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) 2010 Annual Meeting, October 25-27, 2010, in San Diego, CA. The production of the video was supported by a grant from the VT-NH affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and it is being shown to breast cancer surgery patients at their first post-op visit. Ms. Gates's participation in AACE is supported by a meeting travel award from the Cancer Center.

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New Cancer Center Members, Clinicians, and Staff

Please join me in welcoming several new scientists, clinicians, and staff who have joined the Cancer Center this summer.

  • Alexey Danilov, MD, PhD, has joined the section of Hematology/Oncology, where he will focus on caring for hematologic patients and Phase I clinical trials and research. Read more.
  • Lisa Daoust is the newest member of the Cancer Center Administration team, joining us as Financial Manager. Read more.
  • Gerald (Gerry) Gehr, MD, is now with the Section of Hematology/Oncology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester, where he joins Stefan Balan, MD, Josh Rifkind, MD, and Louise Meyer, APRN. Read more.
  • Connie Johnson, APRN, MSN, is the new family nurse practitioner in the BMT program. Read more.
  • Melanie Michel, MSN, MPH, RN, is the new nurse manager of the Infusion Suite at Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon. Read more.
  • Cocav Rauwerdink, MD, joined the Blood and Marrow Transplantation (BMT) team after finishing her Hematology/Oncology fellowship at the Cancer Center. Read more.
  • Philip Schaner, MD, PhD, has joined the section of Radiation Oncology, where he will focus on head and neck and thoracic cancers. Read more.
  • Samir Soneji, PhD, joins Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice with research interests in variation in cancer care and outcomes, demographic modeling and simulation, and forecasting. Read more.
  • Walter Taylor, PhD, is the new Managing Director of the Bioinformatics Shared Resource, working with Jason Moore, PhD. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Photo: Alliance Against Cancer 5K Logo

Alliance Against Cancer 5K
Sunday, September 12
Manchester, NH
9:00 a.m.
The New Hampshire Athletic Alliance Running Club sponsors the Annual Alliance Against Cancer 5K walk/run road race in Manchester that benefits the Cancer Center.

Be The Match Bone Marrow Registration Drive
Wednesday, September 15
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 16
Keene, NH
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Learn about registering for the Be The Match Marrow Registry Program, which matches donors and patients for life-giving marrow transplantations. Watch the new video about Scott, a blood stem cell donor and DHMC employee, who registered for the program at last year's drive. More information on the registry can be found at

Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester Open House
Thursday, September 16
Notre Dame Pavilion at Catholic Medical Center
Manchester, NH
5:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Manchester invites Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Catholic Medical Center providers and staff to an open house including tours, information sharing, and refreshments.

—Mark Israel, MD