Norris Cotton Cancer Center and American Cancer Society Team Up

February 26, 2007

Mark Israel, MD and Don Gudaitis, CEO

Don Gudaitis, CEO, New England Division of the American Cancer Society, and Mark Israel, MD, Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the American Cancer Society today announced an innovative agreement between the two organizations that increases their collaboration toward common goals in support of patients with cancer and their families. The agreement expresses their shared commitment to comprehensive patient care, heightened awareness, and cancer prevention and early detection at all levels in the community.

According to Joanne Gersten of the American Cancer Society, "This collaboration will provide newly diagnosed patients and families at Norris Cotton Cancer Center with easy access to the information and services of the American Cancer Society that will make a difference in their cancer journey."

Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, and the first one in New England to enter into this kind of partnership with the American Cancer Society. Director Mark Israel, MD, said, "In partnering with the American Cancer Society, we hope to expand our ability to support our patients and our region in addressing the complex and varied problems that cancer presents."

In order to strengthen their shared commitment, the Society and Norris Cotton Cancer Center have agreed to focus their collaboration in the following areas:

  • Cancer Information: Through the American Cancer Society's Cancer Resource Network, patients and their caregivers can gain access to cancer information services 24 hours a day at 1.800.ACS.2345 or at
  • Patient Support Programs: This partnership will strengthen and promote collaborative support groups and other supportive services such as the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery, which provides transportation for cancer patients to their treatments, and the Haelan Program of Supportive Services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
  • Prevention and Detection: Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society will collaborate on a number of community cancer awareness activities, including breast and colon cancer screenings, and the Great American Smokeout.
  • Research: Since 1960, the American Cancer Society has provided over $14 million to cancer research projects at Dartmouth and Norris Cotton Cancer Center through its annual research funding program.
  • State Comprehensive Cancer Planning: Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society are active partners in both the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and Vermonters Taking Action against Cancer.
  • Advocacy: The American Cancer Society and Norris Cotton Cancer Center will work together to advance public policy that benefits cancer survivors and promotes prevention and detection.


The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering, and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. Founded in 1913 and with national headquarters in Atlanta, the Society has 13 regional Divisions and local offices in 3,400 communities, involving millions of volunteers across the United States. For more information anytime, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with patient-centered cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH and regional locations in St. Johnsbury, VT and Manchester and Nashua, NH. It is one of 39 Comprehensive Cancer Centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at