Cancer Currents for June 2012

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Mark Israel, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Bruce Bouchard is unpacking road signs, Catherine Rentz is wrestling the new web site into submission, Susan Whelihan is recruiting volunteers, Rebecca Gray is communicating with people far and wide, Christine Telge is in Manchester prepping for The Ultimate, and Jean Brown has the telephone headset on 24/7 – it must be time for The Prouty. Money raised by The Prouty funds Patient Supportive Services, Prouty Pilot Grants, laboratory support for new investigators, and about a dozen more activities that are essential in making the Cancer Center all that it is.

The goal this year is $2,750,000, up 10% from last year's $250,000. That’s an ambitious goal and there is no shortcut to get there. We're going to make that goal the old-fashioned way, a dollar at a time. That's why I want to call your attention to The Prouty this month. June is the time to get involved. This year our top sponsor will donate $50 for each new walker beyond the 1,400 participants we had last year – up to a total of $15,000. Please spread the word – it's a great opportunity. I am pleased and proud of our faculty and staff who participate, and really want to engage our entire NCCC community!

Over the winter, off and on, I think about how best to ask friends, family, and colleagues to participate in or contribute to The Prouty, hoping to find some exciting new way to engage them. In the end, I continue to find most satisfying and most effective simply telling them what we do at NCCC and why we do it. They invariably want to be helpful and then it's easy. I say, "Thank you so much for your contribution," and they say, "No, thank you for working to cure cancer. I am glad you asked me to help." That's the spirit of The Prouty.

Mark Israel, Director

Photo: Brain Scan Streamlining Care Pathways for Head & Neck Patients

The Head and Neck Oncology Group have done a tremendous job developing care pathways and operationalizing a patient follow-up plan. Sheila Keating, RN, BSN, is an ENT Nurse Manager who, together with Karen Skalla, MSN, APRN, AOCN and others, has been focused on navigating H/N patients through our system. The collaboration between her, Karen Skalla, and the entire H/N team to streamline this process sets a standard for interdisciplinary collaboration across the service line. This work's elements include:

  • development of care pathways
  • cross-sectional collaboration
  • efficient use of resources (provider, nursing, social work, and administrative)
  • increased new patient access

It's a truly patient-focused effort, and the work of the providers, nurses, secretaries, social worker, and practice managers who have stepped out of comfort zones to enable this work to happen is not just commendable but extraordinary. Thank you!

A video describing the work is part of the Nursing Annual Report. Watch the video.

Honors and Recognitions

This month's Cancer Currents recognizes several recent achievements:Wreath

  • Our very own Palliative Care and ENABLE 3 nurse practitioner, Peggy Bishop, MS, APRN, was honored with the Deborah Miller Award for Advanced Practice in Nursing during Nurses' Week in May. This award is given to a peer-nominated DHMC Advanced Practice Nurse to recognize excellence in clinical care and for having an eye on the “big picture” in community service, advocacy and/or policy.  
  • Four of our Hematology/Oncology nurses also received the following awards during Nurses' Week:
  • Ellen Parker, Interdisciplinary Cancer Center: Elsa Frank Hints Magnet Award
  • Sara Roebuck, Infusion Suite: Evidence Based Practice Scholarship Award
  • Cathy Rodriquez, MHO: PSTC Innovation in Nursing Education Award
  • Kim Shannon, MHO & Amy Arbor, HSCU: Areté Awards
  • David Nalepinski, Director, Oncology Service Line & Business Operations for the Cancer Center, has been awarded a Board of Trustees scholarship to attend The Dartmouth Institute's Masters of Public Health program beginning in the fall.
  • At last month's Integrative Biology Symposium on the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease, three of our research assistants were named poster winners: Laura Filkins, Stela Celaj, and Asaf Wyszynski.
  • And Rosemary Shay, Dartmouth College '13, has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Kaminsky Family Fund Award to support her research project, "Inhibition of Id2 Degradation in Pre-Malignant Neural Stem Cells."

Congratulations to all for these outstanding achievements.

Button: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Employee Giving Campaign 2012
2012 Employee Giving Campaign

Every day, we contribute to the missions of the Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and the Geisel School of Medicine through our work. And every year, we're invited to take our commitment a step further by making a gift to help sustain and strengthen these impressive organizations. The 2012 Employee Giving Campaign for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and for Dartmouth-Hitchcock runs from May 1 through June 30.

Your gift of any amount improves lives by advancing research, medical education, and patient care. You can direct your gift to the Fund for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Annual Fund, or any other existing program or fund. Gifts to The Prouty, the CHaD Half, and other fundraising events also count toward the Employee Giving Campaign.

Make a gift by payroll deduction, check, or credit card.

Questions? Please contact Amy Schrom at 653-0745 or

Upcoming Events of Note
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State of the Geisel School of Medicine Address, June 5

Dean Souba's presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Kellogg Auditorium on the Medical School campus. The occasion is also an opportunity to meet the inaugural members of the Geisel School of Medicine Academy of Faculty Master Educators, who will be publicly honored.

SYNERGY Certificate Program for Translational Research Methods, June 11-15
Logo: Synergy Dartmouth Center for Clinical and Translational Science

This year's program is scheduled for June 11-15, 2012. The schedule includes two components: (1) A morning session devoted to general resources for and approaches to clinical and translational research at Dartmouth; and (2) Midday and afternoon sessions designed to help early career clinical investigators develop the skills and strategies to secure independent research funding—these students will attend both morning and afternoon sessions.

For more information contact Christopher Bolka, SYNERGY Administration, (603) 650-5820.

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Skip Matthews Memorial Father's Day Run, June 17

The 9th Annual Skip Matthews Run on June 17 will commemorate the life of this exceptional friend, parent, husband, and personality. All proceeds from Skip's Run will benefit the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Participants choose from a 4-mile race or a 1-mile walk/fun-run (kids welcome!).

Sunday June 17, 2012, Lebanon, NH
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information about this event, visit the Skip's Run website.

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Eastman Golf Tournament, June 29

The Eastman Benefit for Norris Cotton Cancer Center features an amateur golf tournament at the beautiful Eastman Golf Links course. Players may sign up as singles, doubles, threesomes, or foursomes (players will be placed into foursomes if not signing up as such). There will be a variety of opportunities to compete for prizes and awards. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, followed by an after-party with hearty hors d'oeuvres and award presentations.

Friday June 29, 2012, Grantham, NH
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Eastman Golf Links website or call 1 (800) 226-8744.

The Prouty and Prouty Ultimate, July 13-14
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The Prouty Ultimate begins in Manchester, NH, on July 13 and is a 100-mile ride to Hanover. The Prouty's other feature events all begin in Hanover on July 14. Cyclists ride 20, 35, 50, or 100 miles through the gorgeous Upper Connecticut River Valley. Walkers choose a 3K, 5K, or 10K route in either residential or wooded trails (or combine them for an even greater challenge). And sculls and sweeps can Row The Prouty -- bring your own boat and row 5, 10, 15, or 20 miles up and back on the Connecticut River.

Friday, July 13, 2012, in Manchester, NH; Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Hanover, NH
6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit The Prouty site for more information and to sign up.