Focus on Cancer Care
Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to our cancer care. All Focus articles are also available.
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
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
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 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
July 15, 2013
June 12, 2013
May 06, 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
February 19, 2013
For people living with cancer, valuable time may be lost because of flu complications and postponed treatment.
January 28, 2013
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
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
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
September 24, 2012
August 20, 2012
Performing surgery to remove a brain tumor requires surgeons to walk a very fine line.
July 23, 2012
June 11, 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
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
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
January 30, 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
December 14, 2011
December 06, 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
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
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
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
September 19, 2011
April 20, 2011
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
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
April 20, 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
July 10, 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
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