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Focus on Cancer Care

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 our cancer care. All Focus articles are also available.



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"Inoperable" Lung Cancer Radiation

NCCC offers innovative care to patients with early stage lung cancer when there are no surgical options. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, (SBRT) a sophisticated approach to radiation delivery, helps people with inoperable lung cancer live longer lives

October 06, 2014

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Beyond Breast Cancer Treatment

Roshani R. Patel, MD developed a survivorship program to teach patients about lifestyle choices that support a cancer-free body. In the process she brought together community wellness groups, and inspired patients to support others during their journeys.

September 08, 2014

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Latest Treatments, Local Care

When a tumor wrapped around her heart didn't respond to treatment, Dr. Philip Manno drew on the technology and the experience of colleagues at Norris Cotton Cancer Center to find new approaches for his patient's Hodgkin lymphoma. Now she's cancer free.

August 18, 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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Ryland's Wheel: A Circle of Life

A dying child’s love of wheeled vehicles inspired a sculptor to honor both his grandson and the large circle of people who gathered around to support the family. "Along with this unfolding tragedy was this great demonstration of people at their best."

June 02, 2014

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Writing is a Healing Force

Through expressive writing, Marv Klassen-Landis helps patients express unspoken thoughts or fears, or to uncover memories that take on new meaning and help them cope with their experience with cancer.

May 27, 2014

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Upper Valley Hostel

Patients and caregivers often need an affordable place to stay during hospital visits. Many say this hostel’s residential feel and quiet location offer a peace that helps them to concentrate on healing and care.

May 06, 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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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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Next Generation Radiation Technology

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

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In the Driver's Seat of a Wild Cancer Cell

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

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Cutting-edge Cancer Care Close to Home

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

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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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High Dose Radiation: People Make it Work

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

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Skin Cancer Surgery for Moles Leaves Smaller Scars

Dermatologists in Lebanon, Manchester and Keene offer Mohs micrographic surgery on squamous and basal cell carcinomas.

July 15, 2013

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What Do You Tell a Child about Cancer?

It's hard for a child to understand cancer. That's why an eighth grade class in VT devoted its energies to making cancer easier for kids to understand.

June 12, 2013

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Oncology Nursing: Communication, Connection, Compassionate Care

Our oncology nurses assume many roles throughout a patient’s cancer experience. They bring critical communication skills to the treatment team, and build caring relationships with patients throughout the course of their care.

May 06, 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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It takes a team

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

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Managing Cancer Related Fatigue

For many patients cancer related fatigue can interfere with normal routines, and limit participation in activities that make life meaningful. Monitoring your fatigue levels, exercise, nutrition counseling, and lifestyle changes can help you cope.

February 19, 2013

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Cancer and the Flu: Reduce Risks for those around You

For people living with cancer, valuable time may be lost because of flu complications and postponed treatment.

January 28, 2013

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Understanding and Recognizing Depression and other Difficult Emotions

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

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The Road to Recovery. Coming Together. Moving Forward.

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

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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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Keeper of the Cancer Stats

How do we know if teens on the seacoast are tanning too much? Where do we turn if we suspect a cancer cluster in Bethlehem? The answers lie in the New Hampshire State Cancer Registry.

September 24, 2012

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Healing Creatively

Having artists interact with patients is more than a way to channel stress and anxiety, bring catharsis, and offer diversions. The creative arts can be great healers, too.

August 20, 2012

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Lighting Up the Mind

Performing surgery to remove a brain tumor requires surgeons to walk a very fine line.

July 23, 2012

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House Call

Doctors don't make house calls anymore—or do they?

July 09, 2012

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The Horseman and the Chess Player

Despite wildly different backgrounds, two Norris Cotton Cancer Center oncologists share considerable common ground as North Country doctors.

June 11, 2012

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The Unique Boutique

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

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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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He Knows What It Means to Miss New Orleans

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

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Caring with a Helping Hand

Palliative care refers to a comprehensive approach to easing suffering and improving quality of life for individuals and their families when faced with advanced or life-threatening illness.

January 30, 2012

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The Cancer Center's Nashua Grand Opening

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

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Touching Patients, Touching History

There aren't many country doctors anymore, especially doctors who can remember Ernest Tubb singing the lonesome cowboy blues for crowds of dusty farmers—and who can tell a patient when radiation is the right treatment for cancer and when it isn't.

December 14, 2011

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Across the Border

The Blood & Marrow Transplantation Program reaches out to blood cancer patients and doctors in Maine.

December 06, 2011

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Cancer, the Flu, and You

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

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Treating Brain Tumors

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

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Home Treatment for Constipation

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

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Men: Discuss PSA Testing with Your Doctor

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

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Cultivating Presence

Palliative care programs are rethinking their purpose to create better opportunities for patients and their caregivers to accept their illnesses with grace and peace of mind and heart.

September 19, 2011

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A Surgeon's Personal Call to Cancer Care

Patients connect with Stefan Holubar, MD, and he connects with them, in the exclusive bond of shared experience.

April 20, 2011

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Learning to Look

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

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Close to Home

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

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He Gave Me My Life

A remarkable journey and partnership for two men.

July 20, 2010

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Dedicated to Care and Success

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

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The Comfort Behind the Care

Support services are an integral part of the comprehensive patient-and family-centered approach that is the cornerstone of care at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

April 20, 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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New Director of Nursing at Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Dorothy Dulko, PhD, APRN, stresses that in a field as complex as oncology, at a time of rapid innovation, continuing education and professional development are critical to delivering quality cancer care.

October 15, 2009

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Bringing Advanced Care to Our Communities

The Familial Cancer Program offers family history analysis, risk assessment, screening and prevention recommendations, genetic counseling, and genetic testing.

July 10, 2009

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Interdisciplinary Pancreatic Cancer Clinic

Gastroenterologist Timothy Gardner, MD, wants to speed the treatment timeline for people newly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

January 15, 2009

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Murray Korc: Putting Principles into Practice

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

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Interdisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic

The Interdisciplinary Liver Tumor Clinic at Norris Cotton Cancer Center is the only clinic of its kind in New Hampshire.

April 27, 2008

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Survivorship Clinic Reaches Out

An innovative new Survivorship Clinic at Norris Cotton Cancer Center is reaching out to cancer survivors, and addressing a myriad of immediate and long-term issues related to cancer.

April 26, 2008

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Care That Matters

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

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Clinical Research Nurses

When Sara Simeone, RN, talks to a patient about entering a clinical trial, she has one overriding concern—the patient's well-being.

April 10, 2008

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