Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center
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Northern New England’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Nurse with GirlNorris Cotton Cancer Center offers a full range of cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. We work closely with doctors, nurses and specialists at regional centers in Keene, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and in St. Johnsbury, VT, as well as at affiliated hospitals in northern New England to coordinate patient referral, treatment, and education as close to home as possible.

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About Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of only 50 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, and the only one north of Boston and east of Buffalo. Our cancer care is continually updated using the newest discoveries from our cancer research and the latest technologies, medicines, and methods available worldwide. Our NCI designation means that our Cancer Center does it all:

  • We treat all types of cancers using an interdisciplinary team-based approach. Multiple specially trained doctors manage all aspects of patient care as part of a coordinated team.
  • We conduct all three types of cancer research:
  1. Basic cancer research: focuses on the molecular basis of cancer itself and also how bodies react to cancer and the growth of tumors.
  2. Clinical cancer research: directly involves people with cancer and focuses on finding better and better ways to treat cancer.
  3. Prevention and control research: looks for ways to keep people from getting cancer and how to control cancer.

What NCCC Can Do For You

Norris Cotton Cancer Center provides a positive environment for treatment, cure, and recovery for patients with all forms of cancer. Patients receive technologically advanced cancer care and access to clinical trials of new treatments. Each patient is valued as an individual. A unique care plan is developed for each patient by specialists who work directly with the patient, family, and referring physician. We are also leaders in improving the comfort and quality of life for our patients.

  • More than 55,000 annual visits
  • Six convenient locations throughout New Hampshire and Vermont
  • Full screening services, diagnostics and advanced treatments for all forms of cancer
  • Familial Cancer Program with genetic services
  • 3,700 new cancers diagnosed annually

Interdisciplinary Care

Care at the Cancer Center is coordinated through multi-disciplinary clinical oncology teams. Radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists and geneticists come together with specially trained nurses, care managers, dietitians and scheduling coordinators. These teams evaluate individual cases and set standards for treatment. The teams pay particular attention to preventing disfigurement, controlling symptoms, eliminating pain, and coping with the emotional distress caused by cancer.

Cancer Research

Norris Cotton Cancer Center is a world leader in cancer research. Our research themes are divided into four main programs:

  • Cancer Population Sciences: focuses on prevention and control research, seeking to identify nutritional, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may cause cancer. We help patients understand their cancer risk and work to prevent cancer-causing behaviors, such as tobacco use by children.
  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics: studies basic mechanisms that underlie cancer development and progression. Our scientists are developing new drugs and therapeutic interventions to stop cancers in the very earliest stages of growth.
  • Immunology and Cancer Immunotherapy: develops new immunotherapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer by learning how to engage the body’s own immune system to fight cancer.
  • Translational Engineering in Cancer: uses imaging, radiobiology, biophysics, and engineering approaches to develop new cancer diagnostic and treatment strategies and devices. This multidisciplinary group includes faculty from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Thayer School of Engineering, and many different clinical departments within Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed its Cancer Center Support Grant to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC). The five-year, $15.5 million grant will provide continued support for NCCC’s clinical care and research missions. The cancer center is one of only 51 centers in the United States—and the only one located outside a major urban area—to have this prestigious designation. NCI recognized the cancer center for its leadership and resources, in addition to demonstrating an added depth and breadth of research and substantial transdisciplinary research that bridges basic science and clinical research.

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Caring for someone who has been diagnosed with a serious illness can be stressful. Caregivers can often feel isolated and lack resources for support, especially in rural areas like New England. Funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, a diverse co-design team is using person-centered design principles to create a peer-to-peer community network for serious illness caregivers in our region. The network is designed to help caregivers be more prepared to cope with the surprises that arise during the illness and in bereavement. Both an online component as well as options to connect caregivers in person are being explored.

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What’s In A Cancer Center?

  • Board certified oncologists. Our providers are all fellowship trained. Many have additional training in their specific area of focus.
  • The best technology. From operating rooms with built in MRI and CT to a linear accelerator which pauses treatment if you move out of proper alignment and the latest in robotic surgery, we have the most advanced technology to offer our patients.
  • Access to clinical trials. More than 250 research projects and 150 clinical trials are active at NCCC. Those clinical trials include how exercise and diet help pre- and post-treatment, collaborations to develop a better understanding of cancer recurrence, and pharmaceutical trials for new drugs or new surgical techniques, just to name a few.
  • Multidisciplinary care plans. Our oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and radiologist meet weekly to discuss new patients and establish care plans that are based on the needs of each individual patient.

Our Ultimate Goal

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every patient:

  • Sees the right medical staff in the right order
  • Gets the necessary tests with timely and accurate results
  • Understands the diagnosis and the best treatment options
  • Has complete support throughout the process