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Kingsbury Cancer Center Strengthens Ties to Norris Cotton Cancer Center

December 10, 2008

Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene's Kingsbury Cancer Center is strengthening its relationship with Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Lebanon, and changing its name to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center - Kingsbury Pavilion.

The name change reflects a closer connection between Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and increased access to the research knowledge, clinical expertise, and clinical trials of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center. Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of only 40 centers in the nation, and the only center in New Hampshire, to hold the NCI "comprehensive" designation.

"Our new name and strengthened partnership reflect our commitment to providing the highest quality cancer care and clinical trials to the Monadnock Region," says Kingsbury Cancer Center Medical Director, Steve Larmon, MD. "Kingsbury's oncology practice and cancer center is firmly established in our community, and respected for high-quality patient care. Our patients and families will benefit from our continued personalized, local cancer care and increased access to the latest options and expertise from one of the top cancer centers in the country."

Of the thousands of cancer treatment programs in the U.S., the National Cancer Institute recognizes only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The federal government's principal agency for cancer research, training, public information, and programs, the NCI describes its designated Cancer Centers as "a major source of discovery of the nature of cancer and of the development of more effective approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and therapy. They also deliver medical advances to patients and their families, educate health-care professionals and the public, and reach out to underserved populations."

Established in 1972, Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines extensive cancer research at Dartmouth Medical School with advanced, patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and through regional locations and partnerships with community hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont.

"At Norris Cotton Cancer Center, we are committed to excellence in research, and to building dynamic partnerships throughout our region that connect new discoveries in cancer to improved care for patients," says Cancer Center Director, Mark Israel, MD. "Through the Kingsbury Pavilion, we are able to bring the knowledge and expertise of an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center directly to people in Keene, and to help patients stay close to home, even if they require specialized care or treatment on a clinical trial."

Kingsbury Cancer Center, established in 1990, was made possible largely by a gift from Edward and Lillian Kingsbury. Today Kingsbury offers advanced medical and radiation oncology services, including Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), one of the most precise and sophisticated approaches to 3-D radiation therapy available. Kingsbury is connected to Cheshire Medical Center, an acute care hospital, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene multi-specialty, community group practice. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Kingsbury physicians also provide medical oncology services to hospitals in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and in Brattleboro and Springfield, Vermont.

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More information about Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene can be found at http://www.cheshire-med.com.

For additional information please contact:

Tom Link, Administrative Director
Marketing, Planning & Community Relations
Cheshire Medical Center / Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
Phone: (603) 354-5403
email: tlink@cheshire-med.com