All Focus Articles
Below are all our Focus articles related to our cancer care, science and research, cancer prevention and education, and donors and volunteers, combined. The articles are listed in date order, most recent first.
March 04, 2014
February 24, 2014
February 17, 2014
February 10, 2014
February 03, 2014
January 27, 2014
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
Rich Perry brought rotating art exhibits to NCCC to offer cancer patients a contemplative refuge that might help them find perspective on their experiences. He's found that these exhibits also stimulate people to engage with each other and with life.
January 13, 2014
Ninety percent of people who try to quit cold turkey can't, and for those who do quit, "slipping" is common. Accepting that slips are part of the process, and learning about addiction and nicotine replacement products can help you stay tobacco-free.
January 06, 2014
Dartmouth researchers analyzed toenail clippings to measure long-term arsenic levels in the body. They found significantly increased exposure in people who regularly consume beer, white wine, Brussel sprouts, and dark meat fish.
December 20, 2013
Imagine aiming a radiation beam at a moving target like a lung, or a delicate area like a prostate. A new platform for our top-of-the-line linear accelerator makes these challenges easier and safer.
December 16, 2013
Seventeen-year-old Hannah Green is one of nine travelers who will climb Tanzania's Mt. Kilimanjaro to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. She is hiking for her dad, Mark Green, who received chemo treatments for brain cancer at NCCC.
December 09, 2013
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
The Ravages of cancer are all around us. Why not consider a holiday gift that will help fight this disease? A "Gift of Hope" will fund innovative cancer research, and support those patients currently struggling with cancer.
November 25, 2013
Eat right and stay active: we know this can minimize cancer risk. Middle and high school students in Laconia, NH recently used cameras and journals to document what makes it easy (or hard) to incorporate healthy activities into their daily routines.
November 18, 2013
Cancer cells misbehave by dividing and traveling to places they aren't supposed to go. A cell's DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) tells it what to do: a standard DNA sequence is well ordered and gives proper instructions. But when DNA is damaged, it can send out wrong information.
November 11, 2013
Instead of removing tumors surgically, can we inject them with a "poison" that would cause them to destroy themselves? Scientists experiment in the lab with ways to use a common parasite in future treatment for cancer.
November 04, 2013
Cancer patients in rural regions often travel long distances for cancer care. Because of this some—especially those needing daily radiation treatments—go without treatment. We’re making it easier for patients to get high-tech cancer care close to home.
October 28, 2013
Common treatments for osteoporosis (bisphosphonates like Boniva or Fosamax), prescribed to strengthen bones and reduce the risk of fracture, can irritate the esophagus in some patients. Do these drugs increase your risk for cancer?
October 18, 2013
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
You can't see or smell it, but radon gas may be entering your basement through the soil around and under the foundation. Once inside, radon binds to dust particles in the air you breathe, and can cause lung cancer.
October 07, 2013
Studies show that children are influenced—often in unhealthy ways—by ads using popular movie and TV characters. Dartmouth researchers want to use these marketing tactics to promote healthy behaviors.
September 23, 2013
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
A lingering Christmas cold turned serious and led to Terry LeMasurier's diagnosis of myeloma, an incurable but treatable cancer. After learning about stem cell transplants at NCCC, he traveled from Virginia for treatment at NCCC.
September 09, 2013
Marketing guidelines suggest that children's fast food advertising focus on healthy foods, not toys. But fast food ads for kids focus on movie characters, giveaways, and company branding more than ads for adults.
August 29, 2013
A new linear accelerator targets cancer with high doses of radiation while protecting surrounding tissue, but this new technology is only as good as the people who administer it. NCCC's radiation therapists apply sophisticated technical skills while connecting with patients.
August 26, 2013
Thyroid cancer is the third fastest rising cancer diagnosis in the United States. The number of thyroid cancer diagnoses has more than tripled in the last 30 years, but the number of people who have died from the disease remains the same. Is this "thyroid cancer epidemic" due to an increase in the disease or because insurance-covered screening detects small tumors that may never cause symptoms or harm?
August 19, 2013
John and Matt Brasseur started the GMMR eleven years ago as a fundraiser to support an aunt diagnosed with cancer. Today that aunt is a breast cancer survivor, and the event has grown into an extended family of riders wanting to contribute to the fight against cancer.
August 12, 2013
Adults with a history of heavy smoking have a new way to protect themselves from lung cancer. An independent panel of experts says low-dose CT scans save lives by finding lung cancer earlier. The opinion means low-dose CT scans could soon be offered annually to some smokers and former smokers.
August 05, 2013
July 29, 2013
July 15, 2013
July 15, 2013
July 05, 2013
July 01, 2013
June 24, 2013
June 17, 2013
June 12, 2013
June 03, 2013
May 28, 2013
May 20, 2013
May 13, 2013
May 06, 2013
April 30, 2013
April 22, 2013
April 15, 2013
April 08, 2013
April 01, 2013
Location, location, location. That's the primary reason pancreatic cancer is so difficult to treat. Nestled beneath the liver, next door to the gallbladder, kidneys, and spleen, with easy access to the blood stream and lymph system--in most cases, pancreatic cancer spreads to its neighbors before it is even detected. Tackling this ticking time bomb takes a team of doctors.
March 25, 2013
Federally funded medical research could be cut sharply as a result of across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Laboratories at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel School of Medicine could see a $4.6 million reduction in their research awards.
March 18, 2013
March 11, 2013
March 04, 2013
February 25, 2013
February 19, 2013
February 11, 2013
February 04, 2013
For people living with cancer, valuable time may be lost because of flu complications and postponed treatment.
January 28, 2013
Challenge your friends and co-workers to walk, bike, row, or golf to help fight cancer.
January 21, 2013
Healthy behavior changes, better screening technologies help fight lung, breast, colon, and kidney cancer.
January 14, 2013
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
People with smartphones seem to regularly check them throughout the day for email, text messages, and useful information like directions or restaurant menus. It can be like an ongoing conversation. Now one of those conversations could be a mobile health-counseling session that can help you quit smoking.
January 02, 2013
To address the physical, emotional, and social effects of cancer we offer a wide range of support services to help people cope and recover.
December 31, 2012
You've probably felt a range of feelings during your cancer experience. You may have had these feelings at other times, too, but they may be more intense now. There are many profound losses that accompany the experience of cancer and it is normal to mourn each and every one.
December 17, 2012
December 10, 2012
In many states, they can be found at shopping mall kiosks or sold in the corner convenience store. And they are all over the Internet. The e-cigarette is here—a multi-part electronic nicotine delivery device that plugs into a wall or computer to charge instead of being lit by a match.
December 03, 2012
In this season of giving we invite you to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center with a tax deductible donation.
November 26, 2012
They had driven from Keene, Nashua, Manchester, and Springfield, Vermont, for this gathering. This group of seventeen cancer survivors and spouses had never met before, but they shared a common experience of losing an esophagus to cancer.
November 20, 2012
Forty percent of the population is eligible to donate blood, yet only 10 percent actually do. If you're a donor, what would you tell those who could donate blood - but don't?
November 09, 2012
November 05, 2012
October 29, 2012
October 22, 2012
After reviewing numerous fish advisories, researchers conclude that we need simpler consumer guidelines and more stringent fish management policies.
October 15, 2012
On November 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium G, 4th floor atrium, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center will host the second annual Poems of Illness and Healing for the public. Patients, family members, and staff will read original work, sharing insight into how their lives have been touched by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
October 15, 2012
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
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
October 01, 2012
September 24, 2012
When a town has no traffic lights, pizza delivery or drive-through windows... Does rural living lead to healthier eating?
September 24, 2012
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
September 17, 2012
Preventing lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country, is a battle being fought on surprising territory—sports playing fields, silver screens, and corner stores.
September 10, 2012
September 04, 2012
For patients, their families, and people interested in exploring the critical health issues surrounding malignant melanoma.
September 04, 2012
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
August 20, 2012
August 06, 2012
July 30, 2012
Performing surgery to remove a brain tumor requires surgeons to walk a very fine line.
July 23, 2012
July 16, 2012
Celebrating its 31st year, The Prouty Bike, Walk, Row Against Cancer event offers its 5,000+ participants and 1,100 volunteers a way to make a difference in the fight against cancer while doing something good for themselves.
July 05, 2012
June 28, 2012
Thanks to research conducted at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, smokers can now take an active role in making decisions about their long-term health.
June 27, 2012
June 11, 2012
Upon approaching Lilian Kabeche's desk in the Duane Compton lab in the Remsen research building at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the first thing that a visitor notices is the bubblegum pink lab coat hanging from her chair.
May 29, 2012
May 29, 2012
How often can you take yourself out to the ballgame and support cancer research at the same time?
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
Two Cancer Center researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth have helped to identify switches that can turn on or off genes associated with colorectal cancer.
May 17, 2012
Branching off from the sleek, clean entrance hallway to Norris Cotton Cancer Center's satellite facility in St. Johnsbury, Vt., is a space devoted to a remarkable, unique store: The Circle of Care Boutique.
May 14, 2012
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
At a time when obesity has become epidemic in American society, Dartmouth scientists have found that functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans may be able to predict weight gain.
April 30, 2012
Residents of southern New Hampshire have a running opportunity to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center on May 5 at the Total Image 5K/10K Road Race.
April 16, 2012
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
Good news from a consortium of organizations led by the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Death rates from all cancers combined for men, women, and children continued to decline in the United States between 2004 and 2008, according to the newly released Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2008.
April 02, 2012
March 26, 2012
It's shocking. Every day, more than 1,200 people in the United States die from smoking-related causes—more than 440,000 Americans every year.
March 19, 2012
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month—a national movement to increase awareness and education about colorectal cancer and to spread the message that colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable if detected early.
March 12, 2012
March 05, 2012
Colorectal cancer is deadly—it is, in fact, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the United States, after lung cancer. But it is also one of only a few cancers that can be prevented through the use of screening tests. Literally, screening tests can save lives.
February 27, 2012
Young teens who watch a lot of movies featuring alcohol are twice as likely to start drinking as their peers who watch relatively few such films, reveals new research from Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
February 21, 2012
When the first evacuation call came, Sujal Shah did what most doctors would do—he remained in the hospital with patients who were left behind.
February 13, 2012
February 06, 2012
January 30, 2012
Get ready to Prouty! Registration for the 2012 Prouty—the bike, walk, and row event hosted by Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center that brings much-needed funding to support research and patient services at the Cancer Center—has opened.
January 23, 2012
Quick feet—and fast knees, muscular hips, and jabbing elbows—will compete to support the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center when the Great View Roller Rink in Enfield, N.H., hosts "The Great Derby Social" on January 28-29, 2012.
January 16, 2012
January 16, 2012, marks a big day for Norris Cotton Cancer Center, when Dartmouth-Hitchcock's new facility in Nashua, N.H., officially opens.
January 10, 2012
Collaborating with Norris Cotton Cancer Center researcher Anna Adachi-Mejia, PhD, students and residents of Woodsville, NH, utilized an innovative kind of photo-journalism to record their ideas about healthy ways to live to minimize the risk of cancer.
January 03, 2012
December 26, 2011
Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act, creating a nationwide program to fight cancer. Cancer Center director Mark Israel, MD, spoke to VPR about the progress that has been made since.
December 20, 2011
In this season of giving we invite you to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center with a tax-deductible donation.
December 19, 2011
Research by members of Norris Cotton Cancer Center has been cited by the American Society of Clinical Oncology as noteworthy advancements in 2011 in the effort to improve cancer treatment and prevention.
December 16, 2011
December 14, 2011
Two members of Norris Cotton Cancer Center's research team have been selected as 2011 fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
December 09, 2011
December 06, 2011
December 05, 2011
Living with cancer increases your risk for complications from influenza ("flu"). If you have cancer now or have had cancer in the past, you are at higher risk for complications from the seasonal flu or influenza, including hospitalization and death.
November 28, 2011
November 23, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 18, 2011
Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit and quit for good. You have the best chances of quitting if you use them together.
November 14, 2011
By implementing and studying small tests of changes, Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Neuro-Oncology Program's quality improvement team increased fulfillment of its indicators from 66% to 91% between 2010 to 2011.
November 10, 2011
November 07, 2011
Home treatment may be all that is needed to treat constipation caused by cancer, pain medicine, inactivity, or the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
October 31, 2011
October 24, 2011
October 18, 2011
New federal draft guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that question the necessity of PSA testing for prostate cancer in men should be assessed by men in discussion with their physicians.
October 11, 2011
October 11, 2011
September 19, 2011
September 19, 2011
Ever since Susan Whelihan's father gave her a Strathmore drawing pad and "a fancy set of scented markers" when she was in third grade, art has been, she says, "a significant part of my life and identity."
August 27, 2011
June 14, 2011
A new Cancer Center study found that rural mothers perceive specific internal barriers to being adequately physically active.
April 28, 2011
April 27, 2011
April 26, 2011
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common causes of cancer deaths, but it's also one of the few cancers that can be prevented.
April 25, 2011
April 20, 2011
April 15, 2011
April 10, 2011
"Even when you're happy and safe with a loving family, you can't be fully content when there are so many others suffering and wanting in your midst," says Lisa Stuart, who lives with her husband, Scott Stuart, and their four children in Greenwich, Ct. "We've been given a lot. We should give back."
December 02, 2010
The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center is pleased to honor the volunteers who come to the Cancer Center on a weekly basis. These volunteers give of their time and talents to make the lives of our patients as pleasant as possible.
October 28, 2010
October 27, 2010
New research from the Cancer Center helps explain why the Myc protein, found in the nucleus of cells and crucial to the function of cell division, sometimes reaches elevated levels that cause it to be an agent in the growth of cancerous tumors.
October 26, 2010
The New Hampshire Colorectal Cancer Screening Program aims to increase CRC screening to 80% of the state's residents age 50 and older by 2014.
October 25, 2010
The Cancer Center's Telisa Stewart, MPH, DrPH, teaches youngsters, as well as adults, that a day in the sun is a beautiful thing but that if kids aren't protected, it can also be dangerous.
October 20, 2010
A museum and an examination room both reward close, thoughtful, thorough observation. In one lives are enhanced, in the other lives may be saved.
October 15, 2010
The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center hub may be at Dartmouth Medical School and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, but the Cancer Center's true home is its broad area of care across multiple states and regionsregions—New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, northwestern Massachusetts, and parts of western New York state.
October 10, 2010
For more than 30 years, Ken and Carol Weg have been on the front lines of cancer treatment and prevention, both personally and professionally. That commitment has taken many forms, one being their recent gift to support cancer genetics research at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
August 31, 2010
July 30, 2010
July 25, 2010
Cancers of the blood, marrow, and lymph nodes—the various leukemias, lymphomas, and myelomas that together are called hematological malignancies—can be stealth diseases.
July 15, 2010
July 10, 2010
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
May 21, 2010
April 27, 2010
April 20, 2010
April 15, 2010
April 10, 2010
"One of the reasons I do the Prouty," says Alfred Griggs,"is that I find on my early spring training rides I have a chance to think about family and dear friends who've had cancer. This is what probably means the most to me, as it just gives me some time alone, getting ready for the Prouty, and thinking about why I do it."
March 31, 2010
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
October 15, 2009
Imagine a cancer treatment made from particles so small, they fit through the pores in capillary walls and can be readily engulfed by cells.
October 10, 2009
July 10, 2009
January 25, 2009
Doctors, like detectives, rely on clues. When cancer is suspected, it's important to have as much information as possible in order to make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the best treatment plan.
January 20, 2009
Gastroenterologist Timothy Gardner, MD, wants to speed the treatment timeline for people newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
January 15, 2009
As both a physician and a scientist, Murray Korc, MD, strives to bring new treatments from the lab bench to the hospital bed.
January 10, 2009
The Interdisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic at Norris Cotton Cancer Center is the only clinic of its kind in New Hampshire.
April 27, 2008
April 26, 2008
April 25, 2008
April 20, 2008
Diagnosed with peripheral T-cell lymphoma a few years ago, Russell Nelson of Bedford, New Hampshire, began seeing hematologist Marc Gautier, MD, at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
April 15, 2008