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Focus on Cancer Imaging & Radiobiology

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 Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program. All Focus articles are also available.

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Cancer Screening for Heavy Smokers

In 2011, a 10-year nationwide study found that low-dose CT screening for those at high risk for lung cancer can save lives. Now, a new study has shown that CT screening for lung cancer, when properly implemented, can also be cost-effective.

November 11, 2014

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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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Am I Dense or Not?

Few women understand the term “breast density.” Are dense breasts large and heavy or perky and young? Is it common to a certain cup size? Does it matter if you nursed? The only way to tell if you have dense breasts is with an X-ray mammogram.

September 30, 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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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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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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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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Is It or Isn’t It Breast Cancer?

By adding near-infrared spectroscopy to MRI, doctors can learn more about the abnormality’s oxygen level, blood flow, and lipids.

February 03, 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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A Scientific First

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

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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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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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What is the Future of Microwave Technology in Diagnostic Imaging?

Norris Cotton Cancer Center has used microwave imaging to study soft tissue. But researchers asked if it can do more than detect breast tumors? Results show it may be able to measure bone density.

December 10, 2012

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Radiation Research Aims to Improve Disaster Response

Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock have been working to perfect an easy-to-use, reasonably portable dosimeter to detect levels of radiation in teeth and nails in the event of a nuclear disaster.

March 05, 2012

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State Prostate Cancer Coalition Funds Cancer Center Research

A coalition of "average guys just trying to make a difference" commits to funding key research.

November 22, 2011

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Looking for Cancer's Fingerprint

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

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