Cancer Care

 

 

Focus on Lung / Esophageal / Thoracic 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 lung, esophageal, and thoracic cancers. All Focus articles are also available.

Focus thumbnail

2014 Surgeon General Report

Physicians promoted "fresh" or "less irritating" cigarettes in advertisements into the 1950s—now we know tobacco smoke harms even nonsmokers. Unless things change, experts predict that 5.6 million of today’s children will die early as a result of smoking.

September 15, 2014

Read more

Focus thumbnail

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Quit Smoking for Good This Time

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Brussel Sprouts, Beer…and Arsenic?

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Osteoporosis and Esophageal Cancer

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Radon and Cancer

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Task Force Recommends Lung Cancer Screening for Heavy Smokers

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

No Last Hurrah in the Fight Against Cancer

Before the birth for their first child, Mara and Richard Weissmann did their first Prouty. They've come back each year for 20 years, raising money and building close friendships.

July 05, 2013

Read more

Focus thumbnail

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

New Tool Measures Secondhand Smoke

You know exposure to secondhand smoke is unhealthy. What if you had a tool to help explain the risks to well intentioned, back-porch-smoking relatives and friends?

April 22, 2013

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Protect Children from Third Hand Smoke Exposure

How tobacco smoke lives and lingers long after the smoke has "supposedly" cleared.

February 04, 2013

Read more

Focus thumbnail

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Rate Films with Smoking "R" and Cut Smoking Onset by Teens

New Cancer Center research uncovers, for the first time, the impact of an R rating for movie smoking. And it's a big impact.

July 16, 2012

Read more

Focus thumbnail

New CT Scan for Lung Cancer Screening Debuts at Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

Surgeon General Cites Cancer Center Studies in New Youth Smoking Report

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

Read more

Focus thumbnail

From Bench to Bedside and Back Again

After more than 10 years of work, a Cancer Center research team has found a very promising drug combination therapy for lung cancer patients.

October 11, 2011

Read more

Focus thumbnail

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

Read more