Cancer Currents for September 2013

News and Notes from the Director
Mark Israel

NCCC is committed to providing access to evidence-based care, advanced technologies, and clinical trials to patients throughout northern New England. With the addition of Bennington to our regional system this year we now offer radiation oncology in three locations: St. Johnsbury, Bennington, and Keene.

This is big news because access to local care is especially important for oncology patients when receiving radiation. Because of its technical complexity and high cost, radiation is an extremely difficult service to deliver. A typical course of radiation therapy for cancer patients is from 10 to 44 treatments, often 5 days a week. For patients in rural areas the cost, inconvenience, and stress of doing this far from home makes receiving radiation treatment nearly impossible, and this is a serious impediment to their receiving effective treatment.

Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC) in Bennington serves patients throughout southwestern Vermont, eastern New York, and the northern Berkshires. In July SVRCC welcomed radiation oncologist Dr. Matthew Vernon, who will work closely with his NCCC colleagues in radiation oncology. NCCC North in St. Johnsbury serves New Hampshire's North Country and Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. A new full-time radiation oncologist, Dr. Nirav S. Kapdia, will begin seeing patients there in September.

Increasing our radiation oncology faculty in these centers allows physicians to seamlessly integrate modern radiation treatment into a patient's overall treatment plan, which often includes other modalities of treatment such as surgery and chemotherapy. NCCC's expansion into previously underserved rural communities brings tremendous benefit to these patients, and demonstrates our strong commitment to the health of the population of our region.

Mark Israel, Director

Website Highlights Impact of Federally Funded Medical Research

Photo: Research Means Hope

Scientists and physicians at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals conduct about half of all external research funded by the National Institutes of Health. The Association of American Medical Colleges has introduced the Research Means Hope Tumblr feed to highlight federally funded medical research advances being made by scientists and physicians at medical schools and teaching hospitals, including Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. It was created to be a resource for legislators and staff, the media, patients, and anyone interested in learning more about the medical discoveries supported by sustained federal investment in medical research. Read about current NIH research projects here.

New Center for Surgical Innovation on Schedule for Fall Opening

Center for Surgical Innovation

Work continues on the newly named Center for Surgical Innovation (CSI) at Dartmouth (formerly known as the Advanced Surgery Center), located adjacent to the Advanced Imaging Center and below the Department of Radiology on the DHMC campus.

The new 12,000-square-foot facility is expected to be fully operational in October/November, and was designed to provide patient care in highly complex cases requiring intraoperative imaging. The CSI will feature two-fully equipped operating rooms with intraoperative MRI and CT scanning capabilities. Future plans include fluoroscopy, robotics, and other surgical technologies.

Funded in large part by the NIH, the facility is also being supported by D-H, the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering. Read more: "Center for Surgical Innovation: Achieving Better, Safer Care."

Williamson Translational Research Building (WTRB) Construction Update 8.22.13

Williamson Translational Research Building

Outside construction in the coming weeks:

  • Parking Lot 4: Utility work continues as well as preparation for the base course of paving. This parking lot will serve as a construction staging area for the WTRB project until 2015.
  • Excavation for the new building continues with the access ramp removal to begin soon.
  • Forming and pouring of footings and foundation walls for the new building continues and is expected to wrap up in early September.
  • Structural steel is being fabricated and is expected to be on site for the start of erection in mid-September.
  • Construction of an exterior skin mock up is in progress and will be adjacent to the Turner's construction trailer. This will help the construction team confirm how all the different siding, window, insulation and flashing systems go together to assure a watertight building skin.

Internal construction in the coming weeks includes:

  • Planning is in progress to address steel erection near the glass covered walkway to Borwell to assure safety for all. The walkway will remain open for the weeks to come.
  • Relocation of corridor lighting is in progress in the Level 2 tunnel to Borwell in preparation for demolition of connections to WTRB.
  • Cutting of the existing concrete walls in the Level 2 tunnel to Borwell will begin the week of August 26, and will carry into early September. This work is currently scheduled to begin after 4 pm so as to minimize disruption to operations.
DH Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, September 10

The next Town Hall Meeting, hosted by Dr. Jim Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1 pm, in Auditorium G. This meeting will be broadcast live. Questions can be submitted in advance or during the meeting by sending them to

DH FY14 Performance Planning Information and Support

The DH FY14 Performance Planning (Goals/Expectations) process has officially begun and will close on October 15, 2013. This new process will unify the performance management process across all of D-H, and give all employees an opportunity to set goals for the coming year. For information on deadlines, the goal setting process, and available resources visit the Performance Management intranet site.

Gail Durant Donates $10K to Fadul Tumor Research Fund
Gail Durant Donates $10K to Fadul Tumor Research Fund

Susan M Morgan, RN BSN CCRP; Camilo E. Fadul, MD; Gail Durant and her two granddaughters Paige Robinson and Brooke Robinson.

Gail Durant presented Dr. Camilo E. Fadul with a $10,000 check in memory of Robert Durant Jr., who received treatment at NCCC. The contribution is for the Fadul Brain Tumor Research Fund.

"The staff and doctors at DHMC are compassionate and helped us along in our journey in guiding us through all the steps. Their care and knowledge helped me to keep it together and be strong for my husband Bob," she said. "It was BOTH our decisions to give a donation to help with future research to come up with a cure for the next person with Glioblastoma Multiforme."

New Hours at Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library

Card readers are being installed in the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (DHMC, 5th floor) to give all Geisel students and DHMC residents/fellows 24-hour access, and to use the Biomedical Libraries staff resources more efficiently. Geisel faculty and staff and other DHMC staff may request 24/7 access, and will be added on an individual basis (please speak with Cindy Stewart for more information). Many of our information resources and services may be accessed online through our website.

We have shifted all of our staff to a Monday-Friday schedule: Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 7 pm and Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. Please send questions and inquiries regarding individual access to Cindy Stewart, associate director for Clinical, Research, and Education Services, Biomedical Libraries;; 603-650-4967.

Compliance module-e-learning due by September 30

The eLearning program is required for all med school, hospital, and clinic employees so that everyone receives necessary recurring safety and compliance training. 2013 modules are now available, and the deadline to complete this year's eLearning modules is Monday, September 30.

To access your eLearning modules, visit the eLearning page on the DH Intranet. For more information, email

Geisel Curriculum Redesign Q&A Session Sept. 9

The Geisel Curriculum Redesign Leadership Team invites Geisel School faculty and students to a question and answer session on Monday, September 9th, from 5:30-7:00 pm in Chilcott Auditorium. This session will provide an opportunity to discuss details of the redesign prior to the faculty vote on September 30.

Dartmouth Compliance and Ethics Hotline

Dartmouth College has created a telephone and web-based confidential reporting tool to assist members of the Dartmouth community. The Dartmouth Compliance and Ethics Hotline addresses, among other things, abuse, fraud, and other misconduct or noncompliance. This reporting tool is consistent with Dartmouth's goal of cultivating a safe, equitable, and ethical environment. More information here.

DH Flu Vaccination Program

The annual flu vaccination program will begin soon and this year we hope to have 100 percent compliance. The deadline to get your flu shot is November 1 (deadline to submit for a medical or religious exemption is October 1). For more information, visit the Flu Program intranet site.

  • The large employee clinic will be held on September 25, from 7 am to 7 pm, Level 5 Faulkner Building, DHMC.
  • Site clinics will be held at Novell, Colburn Hill, and Labombard Road on October 2.
  • Public flu clinics at DHMC will be held October 13 and October 26.
  • The Community Group Practices will hold their employee clinics locally.
Friends Fighting Cancer 5K

Join us for the 6th Annual Friends Fighting Cancer 5K walk/run road race and 400M Kids Race in Manchester, NH on September 8, 2013

You'll love this attractive route that travels through the old Mill District along the Merrimack River. Then enjoy a complimentary food, a beverage from Milly's Tavern at the Post-race Party which includes cash prizes, awards, T-shirts, and music! Visit the website for information and to sign up!

Climb Mt. Moosilauke to Conquer Breast Cancer

Be part of a special day on "Dartmouth's Mountain." Hike New Hampshire's Mt. Moosilauke, have dinner, spend the night before the hike at Moosilauke Ravine Lodge, and after breakfast climb the 4,802-foot Mt. Moosilauke—a moderate 7.2 mile, day-hike up and down—all to raise funds for cancer research and patient services at NCCC. The $55 registration includes dinner, breakfast, bag lunch, and bunkhouse accommodations. There is a $200 fundraising minimum. To sign-up, or to check out all of the Friends Reach for the Peaks programs, go to or contact Rebecca Gray at:

NIH Grants Webinar

The University of New Hampshire & NH Institutions will host a webinar, "National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fundamentals of the NIH and the NIH Grants Process," on Wednesday September 4, 2013, from 1 to 3 pm in room 201 in the Life Sciences Building. For more information contact Jill Mortalis in OSP.

DHMC Incoming Residents

The River Valley Club welcomes incoming residents and their spouses with no sign up fee through October 1st! Mention this offer and receive a free week pass to try out the Club. All residents and spouses also get a discounted membership rate at sign up. For more information contact Chris Acker, membership representative: or 603.643.7720 x161

Dartmouth Skiway Passes on Sale Now

The Dartmouth Skiway early-season pass sale is underway. Don't miss this great opportunity—prices go up after September 30th. These are the best prices of the season. All passes should be ordered online at For more information about the College Employee Payment Program option, go to:

Dates to Note:

September 10, 2013
The Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Organization: The Dartmouth Institute

September 29, 2013
AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Organization: AACI
Location: Washington, DC

Grand Rounds

Norris Cotton Cancer Center typically holds Grand Rounds lectures on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Barbara E. Rubin Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. During construction phase, please follow all detours and avoid areas posted closed for safety and privacy reasons. Our Events for Cancer Professionals listing shows our upcoming lectures. Most lectures can also be viewed live online. In addition, you can view recorded webcasts, or listen to recorded podcasts.