Focus on Support Services
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 support services. All Focus articles are also available.
Telling Our Stories
Some people with cancer find their illness becomes more than just "getting through" at some point. Unexpected insights and inner strengths emerge, and telling stories with words and images helps others to understand their journey.
The Chemo Diet: When Every Calorie Counts
A diet conjures up images of low-fat foods. The "chemo diet" is all about maintaining and, in some cases, gaining weight. Chemotherapy patients eat to stay strong, yet one of the side effects of chemotherapy is that patients often lose their appetite.
Proutying 5,000 Miles from Home
Dani Capsis Ligett did her Virtual Prouty on a Greek island, but you don’t have to be out of the country. Those unable to be in Hanover on July 12—whether for geographical or physical reasons—can fight cancer while on the road or even from home.
Prouty on the River!
Rowan Carroll co-founded Row The Prouty to bring people of all ages and fitness levels to the river that runs through the center of the event. Now rowers travel from as far as Boston, New York, and Maine to support cancer research and care at NCCC.
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.
The Prouty: "A Good Way to Do Good!"
Cycling and walking are still the most popular activities on Prouty day. A variety of routes—from a 3k walk recent cancer survivors can handle to a two-day, 200-mile cycling route—offer options for people of all ages and fitness levels.
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.
Golf to Support Cancer Research and Care
After helping to organize Golf The Prouty last year Eileen Samor experienced first-hand the compassionate care offered at NCCC. She found incorporating patient support programs into her radiation treatment routine always made the day go better.
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.
Gift to Palliative and Hospice Care
A new center will offer care for patients with life-threatening illness and extend Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s national leadership in palliative care through research, teaching, and training opportunities.
Art Offers a Refuge to Cancer Patients
Rich Perry brought rotating art exhibits to NCCC to offer cancer patients a contemplative refuge that might help them find perspective on their experiences. He's found that these exhibits also stimulate people to engage with each other and with life.
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.
How do I Find a Good Cancer Doctor?
If you have been diagnosed with cancer the next steps can feel overwhelming. No matter what kind of cancer you have, identifying the best treatment for your care is important: Where do you go for information? How do you find a good cancer doctor?
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.
The Gift of Hope
In this season of giving we invite you to support the Norris Cotton Cancer Center with a tax deductible donation.
Poems of Illness and Healing
On November 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium G, 4th floor atrium, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center will host the second annual Poems of Illness and Healing for the public. Patients, family members, and staff will read original work, sharing insight into how their lives have been touched by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
The Power of Pink
Welcome Breast Cancer Awareness Month at BJs Hooksett with NCCC to celebrate survival and honor those who offer hope, support, and love in our Community of Strength.
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.