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Cancer Currents for September 2014

Mark Israel

As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center our mission is to find new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Clinical trials are a key component of this work: virtually all of the standard treatments cancer patients receive today were developed through previous clinical trials.

At the Norris Cotton Cancer Center two expectations are that all patients will receive excellent care and have access to clinical trials that may discover new therapeutic options. Our physicians, scientists, and research staff are committed to bringing cutting-edge research to NCCC.

Last April our cancer center was one of only 30 cancer centers nationwide to receive a Network Lead Academic Participating Sites (LAPS) award from the NCI Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) program. LAPS provides funding for scientific leadership to foster the development, and monitor the conduct, of clinical trials, and the NCTN provides an infrastructure that allows investigators to begin clinical trials more quickly and reach conclusions faster. About 40 percent of NCCC's clinical trials are NCTN trials.

On July 31 and August 1, 2014, auditors for NRG , one of the newly combined NCTN groups, visited our center; reviewed our data, pharmacy, and regulatory documents; and scored our performance in each area. Konstantin Dragnev, MD, co-director of NCCC's Cancer Mechanism program, and Nan Rollings, RN, M.Ed, administrative director of the Office of Clinical research, report that we passed our NRG audit with an outstanding outcome: no deficiencies were identified. This audit establishes that we are meeting the high standards that NCI expects for cooperative group participation and that we are in compliance with all regulatory requirements.

More than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and the 350 clinical trials currently active at our center are helping to shape tomorrow's cancer therapies and related clinical care. These two recent achievements bring national recognition to our long-standing commitment to be a leader in cancer research, prevention, and care.

Mark Israel, Director

Dr. Andrew Pipe

Dr. Andrew Pipe

6th Annual C. Everett Koop, MD Tobacco Treatment Conference September 26

The sixth annual C. Everett Koop, MD Tobacco Treatment Conference, "Fifty Years Later: A Prescription for Smoking and Health," will be held on September 26, 2014 from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. Canada's foremost expert on smoking cessation, Dr. Andrew Pipe will deliver the keynote address (read more here).

Registration is online and by credit card only. The registration fee is $150; D-H employees are $75. To register, please visit the event website. For registration questions, please e-mail or call (603) 653-1234

First Annual Rad/Onc Ice Cream Social

On August 18th NCCC's Rad/Onc team held their first Annual Ice Cream Social for patients and staff in the 2K waiting area. Radiation Oncology Director Linda Metcalf said the team was looking for a fun summer event when the idea for the social came up at their staff meeting. Patients, their families, and staff went through nearly 4 gallons of ice cream during the 4-hour social, lining up to top their scoops with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and a cherry. Shown here (l to right) are scoopers: Radiation Oncology Director Linda Metcalf, Radiation Oncology Interim Section Chief Dr. Alan Hartford, Senior Administrative Assistant Pamela Easton Langlois, and Chief of Clinical Physics Dr. David Gladstone.

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New NCCC Staff:

Christina Martin MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, has joined the Office of Professional Nursing as a clinical specialist in Oncology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude, and her Master of Science in Nursing, from Saint Louis University. She holds AACN Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and is licensed as an APRN and RN in NH. Tina brings broad experiences in nursing in the United States and abroad with concentrated clinical work in the fields of infection prevention, organizing and providing care for immunocompromised patients.

Laura Menken, BSN, RN, OCN has accepted the position of nurse manager for NCCC Nashua and Manchester offices. Laura has over nine years of oncology nursing experience in the Nashua and Manchester offices. She served as the clinical supervisor for the past three years in Nashua where she supervised the clinical staff and coordinated daily operations within the practice. A graduate of Curry College in Milton, MA, Laura is an Oncology Certified Nurse.

Sonia O'Banion has joined the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center as program manager. Sonia comes to us from many years heading up marketing and events for global recruiting companies. A resident of Wilder, she has participated in local government as a selectwoman to the Town of Hartford, managed fundraising campaigns for her church, and coached her daughter's field hockey team.

Susanne Huberty, APRN, has accepted the APRN position at NCCC Manchester. She will begin on October 27th (pending credentialing) and will work primarily at NCCC Manchester and provide coverage at NCCC Nashua. Susanne brings more than twelve years of hematology/oncology experience as both an RN and an NP. In addition she has experience with clinical research and has opened clinical trials at Lowell General Hospital, an affiliate of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Most recently she worked in the infusion room managing patients undergoing cancer treatment as well as those receiving oral chemotherapy.

New Two-factor Authentication for DH apps and Outlook Web Access

We do our best to catch computer hackers, but unfortunately they can fool many people into thinking that they're actually us, your friendly User Support folks, and that we need your password. (We won't ever ask for your password because we don't need to.)

Even the most vigilant person can sometimes slip up, enter the wrong information in the wrong place. Then the hacker has secure information from you and can log on from a remote system, like DHapps or Outlook Web Access (OWA) from anywhere in the world. To protect DH systems, we are implementing a two-factor authentication system. If you access or you will need to use this new system (read more here).

2014 Fall Patient and Family Services Calendar Available

Check out the new September-December Patient and Family Support Services Calendar, available online as a PDF, or in printed form (

DHMC Family, Employee, and Volunteer Picnic September 7th

Come to the DHMC Family, Employee, and Volunteer Picnic on Sunday, September 7, 2014, from 11 am to 3 pm outside the DHMC main dining room. This is an afternoon filled with fun for families and kids of all ages including midway games, music face painting, spin art, and inflatable play gyms. Raffles with prizes will be held every hour. There will be a complimentary barbeque with grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, and black bean burgers with drinks, fruit, chips, cookies, and fresh popped popcorn and icy snow cones.

Upcoming Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Events

  • Friends Fighting Cancer 5K: Sunday, September 7, 2014, 10 am
    Join us for the 7th Annual Friends Fighting Cancer 5K walk/run road race and 400M Kids Race in Manchester, NH. You'll love this attractive route that travels through the old Mill District along the Merrimack River. Then enjoy complimentary food and beverages from Milly's Tavern at the Post-race Party, which includes cash prizes, awards, T-shirts, and music!
  • "Blue Beetle" Album Release Party: Friday, September 19th, 7:30 pm at Freight House Hall (formerly Tupelo Music Hall), WRJ, VT
    Tod Moses, a Vermont based musician (formerly of The Gulley Boys and currently of Fujita 5), is releasing an album of Beatles covers done in a blues format. At the release party local musicians will play Beatles tunes with a blues twist. Todd is generously donating ALL of the proceeds from album sales, and ticket sales to the album release party to Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Tickets are available at or call 800-226-8744
  • Reach for the Peaks – Moosilauke: Climb for a reason! September 27 – 28, 2014
    If you've been touched by cancer or just love to hike, join us in the "Reach for the Peaks – Moosilauke" hike on Sunday, September 28 in Warren, New Hampshire. Do something to fight breast cancer by raising money to support research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. You can do just the day hike on Sunday, or spend the night at Dartmouth's Ravine Lodge on Saturday the 27th where we'll have dinner, be entertained, and hear the latest from one of the NCCC breast cancer researchers. Wake up on Sunday morning to a get-up-and-go breakfast ready to reach the top! For more information and to sign-up, go to or call 800-226-8744.
  • Friends Golf Tournament – Imagine a World without Cancer: Thursday, October 2, 2014.
    The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua, N.H., invite you to join us for a great day of golf fun: 8:30 am shotgun start, best ball scramble tournament with raffle prizes, silent auction, great swag bag, and women's and men's prizes. Fee is $125 a player and includes 18 holes of golf, buffet luncheon, and free use of driving range; plus Hole in one – win a car! – and other special contests. All proceeds will support cancer research and patient services of New Hampshire's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Register online at, or for more information call 603-703-6955.

Other Happenings

  • Check out VOX for listings like these on classes and events around campus:
    Beginning Fiction Workshop: Back by popular demand, starting September 15, this 5 week evening class will teach basic fiction writing for beginning and intermediate writers. Learn to create memorable characters, compelling dialogue, point of view, scene, and place. For those with little or no experience in writing fiction. Students will write and be critiqued each week. Fee $125. Taught by former Stanford Stegner Fellow. More info:
  • DH-Todayalso has news and events listings:
    Day Trip - Newport RI: Take a comfortable motor coach to Newport Visitors Center on Saturday September 13, 2014, and visit the stately mansions of the turn-of-the-century wealthy families (trolley service around Newport available from this point). $65 per person bus only, mansion entrance extra; depart from DHMC Lot 9 at 9 am and arrive home by 10 pm. Contact:;
  • Geisel Insiderhas medical school events and news:
    Fourth annual "Geisel School Research Poster Night" on Thursday, October 30th, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Collis Common Ground. All of the students involved in Geisel-sponsored summer research and/or learning opportunities for Summer 2014, as well as our Science Scholars, are required to present a poster on their work. This will be a festive event with soft drinks, sparkling cider, and cheese to celebrate the accomplishments of our students (and for our students to share what they have learned with the larger Geisel School community). A call for RSVP's will be sent soon, but please be sure to save the date!

NCCC in the Media: July 2014

Comprehensive review of treatments for depression in cancer patients (Natalie Riblet) Science Daily, 6/26/14; Psych Congress, Headlines & Global News, MedPage Today, Primary Psychiatry, Chemotherapy Advisor, Pharmacy News

Parasite in Cat Poop Could One Day Treat Cancer, (David Bzik) Huffington Post, 7/24/14; VICE, Live Science, Cancer Digest, The Global Dispatch, Science Daily, Science World Report, Huffington Post, International Business Times, Union Leader.

Nanoparticles could help deliver a killer blow to cancer (Steven Fiering) The Guardian, 8/13/14; PsyNews, R&D News, MDExpress, Science Daily, OBR Daily

Research findings may lead to novel target for chemoresistant cancer cells (Ruth Craig), Science Daily, 8/17/14;

Dates to Note

Sixth Annual C. Everett Koop, MD Tobacco Treatment Conference
September 26, 2014
7:30 am to 4:15 pm
Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT

ASTRO's 56th Annual Meeting
September 14-17, 2014
8 am to 5 pm
Moscone Center, San Francisco

"Development of Specialty ACOs in Response to the New Healthcare Model" - Letson, MD & Peabody, MD
September 23, 2014
noon to 1:00 pm
Auditorium E, Rubin Building

Grand Rounds

"Ecological Momentary Tobacco Control" - Thomas Kirchner, PhD
September 16, 2014
noon to 1 pm
Auditorium E, Rubin Building

Norris Cotton Cancer Center typically holds Grand Rounds lectures on Tuesdays from noon to 1 pm in the Barbara E. Rubin Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Our Events for Cancer Professionals listing shows our upcoming lectures. Most lectures can also be viewed live online. In addition, you can view recorded webcasts, or listen to recorded podcasts.