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Focus on Head & Neck 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 head and neck cancers. All Focus articles are also available.

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Room to Operate

MRI and CT scanners slide in and out of operating rooms on overhead rails giving surgeons real-time 3-D images of complex organs like brains and spines. Students observe from a balcony overhead. This changes everything.

April 14, 2014

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E-cigarettes: No Smoke, No Danger?

Smokers turn to e-cigs to ease nicotine withdrawal, or to avoid harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke. But many use e-cigs in public spaces and regular cigarettes everywhere else. Quitting half-way won’t help. And we don’t know that smokeless vapor is safe.

March 31, 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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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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Who Is Most Likely to Have Thyroid Cancer?

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

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Gene Mutations Contribute to Lung Cancer Risk

For people with a certain genetic pattern, even light cigarette use increases lung cancer risk, increases nicotine dependence, and makes it harder to quit.

June 03, 2013

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Preventive Cancer Screenings: Make an Informed Decision

Preventive screening for cervical, colon, and breast cancers can help spot cancer early, but some tests do have drawbacks.

February 11, 2013

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Quit Smoking for the New Year? Your Cell Phone Can Help.

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

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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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