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Focus on Breast Cancer

Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.

Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to breast cancer. All Focus articles are also available.

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Beyond Breast Cancer Treatment

Surgeon Roshani R. Patel, MD developed a survivorship program to teach her patients about lifestyle choices that support a cancer-free body.

September 08, 2014

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Big Rig Brings a Big Message

With tomosynthesis, radiologists can distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers in 3-D mammograms. Invasive cancers can be detected early, and women experience fewer callbacks for false alarms.

June 17, 2014

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Golf to Support Cancer Research and Care

After helping to organize Golf The Prouty last year Eileen Samor experienced first-hand the compassionate care offered at NCCC. She found incorporating patient support programs into her radiation treatment routine always made the day go better.

April 28, 2014

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Cancer Treatment: Making the Hard Choices

After a breast cancer diagnosis decisions about treatment must be made quickly. Science doesn’t always offer clear-cut answers. When patients have someone to help them ask questions and define priorities, it is often easier to decide.

April 21, 2014

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Tissue-Sparing Breast Cancer Surgery

NCCC surgeons work together to offer new tissue-sparing and nipple-sparing surgery methods, same-day breast reconstruction, and follow-up care coordinated with local physicians to help women find treatment that reflects their values.

March 10, 2014

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Is It or Isn’t It Breast Cancer?

By adding near-infrared spectroscopy to MRI, doctors can learn more about the abnormality’s oxygen level, blood flow, and lipids.

February 03, 2014

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Breathe Deep, Hold, and Save Your Heart

NCCC recently installed a real-time monitoring system that allows technicians to monitor the patient as she holds a deep breath for 20 seconds, without tubes or masks, so radiation is precisely targeted.

January 27, 2014

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A Scientific First

A scientific breakthrough may give the field of radiation oncology new tools to increase the precision and safety of radiation treatment in cancer patients by helping doctors “see” the powerful beams of a linear accelerator as they enter or exit the body.

January 20, 2014

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Cervical Cancer: Screening, Education, Hope

NCCC physicians and researchers brought information and hope to the rural village women. The data they brought back to their labs for complex analysis will provide Honduran physicians information they need to create a comprehensive national plan to fight cervical cancer in Honduras.

December 02, 2013

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Breast Cancer: Not Just One Woman's Fight

Amy Austin's breast cancer diagnosis inspired her to do something to fight back. The Prouty and "Pink Night" celebrations bring her community together, showing people how to support friends and loved ones who have fought and continue to fight breast cancer.

October 14, 2013

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The Promise of 3-D Mammography

Breast density is a strong risk factor for breast cancer, but 2D mammograms don't always show small cancers growing in women with dense breasts. New cancer screening technologies make it easier to find these cancers, and also help to reduce unnecessary testing.

September 16, 2013

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Advance Care Directives: Do it for those you love

If you are unable to communicate, others are left to struggle with medical care decisions. How will they know what is the right thing to do?

April 01, 2013

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New Research Disrupts Cancer's Feeding Cycle

Keeping cancer cells from the fat they need to grow: researchers' work brings detours from the lab… to dairy barns and gyms.

March 11, 2013

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Study Evaluates Newer Treatment for Women Whose Breast Cancer Has Spread

Results from a phase III clinical trial comparing a newer chemotherapy agent called eribulin mesylate with capecitabine, a standard drug used for chemotherapy today in women with previously treated metastatic breast cancer, showed that eribulin demonstrated a trend toward improved overall survival.

January 07, 2013

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Taking It to the Streets

How one physician is raising awareness about breast cancer among refugees living in Manchester.

October 22, 2012

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Detecting Breast Cancer with New 3-D Imaging Technology: Tomosynthesis

If you've never had a mammogram, or if you have the kind of tissue that can create hard-to-read images on an x-ray, we now offer a diagnostic test that you should know about.

October 08, 2012

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Fruit Takes on New Meaning for October

Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) has put a yellow tint on its October breast cancer awareness efforts, a month usually draped in the color pink.

October 01, 2012

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The Power of Pink

Welcome Breast Cancer Awareness Month at BJs Hooksett with NCCC to celebrate survival and honor those who offer hope, support, and love in our Community of Strength.

September 17, 2012

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Your Body: Your Ally

The notion that a woman with breast cancer has to take it easy and limit her activities is being replaced by a new, more accurate image—a physically active participant in her own recovery.

August 27, 2012

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Helping Women Help Themselves

One of the most satisfying aspects of Tracy Onega's work with the New Hampshire Mammography Network (NHMN), she says, is creating an opportunity for the women of New Hampshire to feel like they are contributing to a significant public-health outcome.

May 07, 2012

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Sharing a Difficult Decision

When a patient first walks into Martha Travis-Cook's cozy and quiet office, they're often in a state of shock.

April 09, 2012

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Dartmouth Receives $6.1M Women's Breast Cancer Grant

A new Breast Cancer Screening Center will develop and test new informational tools to help women understand the benefits of screening.

October 24, 2011

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Looking for Mastectomy Alternatives

Dartmouth cancer researchers Michael Sporn, MD, and Karen Liby, PhD, continue their research into promising new agents for preventing ER-negative breast cancer.

April 27, 2011

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Breast Cancer "Conquerors" Enjoy Serious Fun

Happy hour at Molly's Restaurant in Hanover. Most of the nine women gathered at the long, rectangular table order margaritas, only two dollars a drink. "You can't beat the price," one of them laughs. In fact, there is a lot of laughter among this group of friends, teachers, moms, writers, grandmas, businesswomen, and sisters in life experience. They have dubbed themselves TGIF—thank goodness for Fridays, and Mondays, and every day of life after cancer.

June 04, 2010

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Part of the Possibility

On meeting Cindy Carroll one might be tempted to describe her as petite. She's slight of build and just over five feet tall. Talk to her for any length of time, however, and that impression quickly changes.

October 20, 2009

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