Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) cares about quality of life for patients coping with radiation side effects from cancer treatments. After undergoing radiation therapy, their patients receive tubes of Jeans Cream in order to soothe skin and support healing. We’re honored to provide a top quality product to help them in their vital work as one of the nation’s premier facilities for cancer treatment and research. According to their website, The NCCC is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. They’ve got more than 150 investigators who pursue research opportunities and information, 200 cancer specialists, and 90 oncology nurses. They serve more than 31,000 cancer patients every year.
NCCC provides a positive environment for treatment, cure, and recovery for patients with all forms of cancer. Patients receive technologically advanced cancer treatments and access to clinical trials of new treatments.
NCCC coordinates all cancer care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, providing patients with a full range of treatment options. We strive to bring care as close to home as possible, working with patients’ personal physicians and local specialists to make appropriate therapy available throughout our region. Norris Cotton Cancer Center works closely with doctors and nurses 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.
Care at the Cancer Center is coordinated through multidisciplinary clinical oncology teams. Each team brings together physicians, specialty nurses, and other professionals who evaluate individual cases and set standards for treatment. The teams pay particular attention to preventing disfigurement, controlling symptoms such as radiation side effects, eliminating pain, and coping with the emotional distress caused by cancer.
Next Generation in Radiation Technology
The Center has equipment which offers increased precision and safety for treating brain, spine and prostate cancer. In 2013, Norris Cotton Cancer Center was one of the first in the nation to install a new treatment table called the Varian six-degrees-of-freedom couch, just recently approved by FDA. It is an upgrade to their top-of-the-line linear accelerator, the Varian TrueBeam.
This new treatment table on their top machine brings increased precision and efficiency, especially in delicate areas of the body where millimeter accuracy is essential. “Major areas where we envision this being very important include tumors of the brain, the head-and-neck, the prostate, and the vertebral bodies of the spine,” says radiation oncologist Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, interim chief of the Section of Radiation Oncology and associate professor of medicine at Geisel School of Medicine.
Advancements in radiation treatment technology allow higher doses of radiation to tumors, with less damage to surrounding tissue. A higher dose means fewer treatment sessions overall to treat a tumor, and this reduces radiation side effects.
“In some cases we’ll be able to treat multiple lesions simultaneously, with comparable results to what we see now,” says Hartford. “Thereby the advancements speed up treatment preparation and delivery. For someone undergoing radiation therapy for a brain tumor, for example, it could mean spending 30 minutes on the table versus two hours.”