Cancer Care Close to Home: New Hampshire’s Only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center Expands Cancer Services in Southern New Hampshire

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NCCC has long had a presence in southern New Hampshire, and we’re proud to deepen our roots in the greater Manchester community by adding these highly specialized services.

Steven D. Leach, MD, director of NCCC

Dartmouth’s and Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) will open two new specialty clinics, NeuroOncology and Gynecologic Oncology, at their Dartmouth-Hitchcock location at the Catholic Medical Center’s Notre Dame Pavilion in Manchester. Oncologists in these specialty clinics bring focused expertise for a particular cancer diagnosis—even the rarest—to patients.

“Expanding our specialty services in southern New Hampshire ensures that patients with complex diagnoses receive the latest evidence-based care” says Steven D. Leach, MD, director of NCCC. “It allows those patients to remain even closer to home while receiving big city, cutting-edge cancer care that the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in New Hampshire is renowned for delivering.”

“We’re pleased to offer a comprehensive brain tumor program that offers access to clinical trials for both primary and metastatic brain tumors, and access to specialized neurosurgeons with expertise in brain mapping and minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopy and laser therapy,” says neuro-oncologist Amy Chan, MD. Other specialized services of the clinic include:

  • State-of-the-art facilities including MRI image-guided neurosurgery and radiation therapy
  • Laser ablation for minimally invasive treatment of tumors
  • Full molecular pathology lab offering antibody chemistry techniques, cellular genetic testing, genomic (DNA) sequencing and molecular profiling
  • Comprehensive care team including access to neuropsychiatry, social work, counselors and other support services for patients and their families.

NCCC gynecologic oncologists combine extensive training and expertise in gynecology, surgery and oncology. “The same specialized gynecologic oncologist who performs a minimally invasive surgery procedure with the latest robotic technology available will also guide that patient through their chemotherapy, and address many other aspects of their cancer journey,” says gynecologic oncologist Loyd West, MD. “Consolidating gynecologic oncology care at the Notre Dame pavilion will bring this expanded expertise to the women of Southern New Hampshire,” said Ilana Cass, MD, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vice President of the Service Line.  Services include:

  • Genetic assessment and counseling for women with a family history of cancer
  • Approved targeted therapies
  • Minimally invasive and robotic surgery
  • Access to a national network of clinical trials offering promising new treatments
  • Options for women concerned about infertility due to cancer treatment.

The NeuroOncology clinic is staffed by Chan and neurosurgical oncologist Linton Evans, MD. Chan graduated from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and completed her residency and fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital. She spent three years practicing at Mount Sinai in New York, NY, before returning to Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) in 2020. Evans also graduated from the Geisel School. He completed a residency at D-H and his fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, before returning to D-H as a staff neurosurgeon.

The Gynecologic Oncology Clinic is staffed by West, Evelyn Fleming, MD, and Ivy Wilkinson-Ryan, MD. West graduated from Dartmouth Medical School [now known as the Geisel School]. He completed a residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and a fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He joined the D-H staff in 2007. Fleming also graduated from Dartmouth Medical School. She completed her residency at Woman and Infants Hospital and her fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both in Boston, before returning to D-H in 2008 as a staff physician. Wilkinson-Ryan graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, completed a residency at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and a fellowship at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, before returning to D-H.

“NCCC has long had a presence in southern New Hampshire, and we’re proud to deepen our roots in the greater Manchester community by adding these highly specialized services,” said NCCC Director Leach. “We look forward to this important expansion of our best-in-the-region cancer care that is nationally ranked for consistently high levels of patient experience.”

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Norris Cotton Cancer Center, located on the campus of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine in Hanover, NH with the highest level of high-quality, innovative, personalized, and compassionate patient-centered cancer care at DHMC, as well as at regional, multi-disciplinary locations and partner hospitals throughout NH and VT. NCCC is one of only 52 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious “Comprehensive Cancer Center” designation, the result of an outstanding collaboration between DHMC, New Hampshire’s only academic medical center, and Dartmouth College. Now entering its fifth decade, NCCC remains committed to excellence, outreach and education, and strives to prevent and cure cancer, enhance survivorship and to promote cancer health equity through its pioneering interdisciplinary research. Each year the NCCC schedules 61,000 appointments seeing nearly 4,000 newly diagnosed patients, and currently offers its patients more than 100 active clinical trials.