Norris Cotton Cancer Center

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03756
Phone: 603.653.9000
Email Address: 603.653.9003

Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center. It is one of only 39 National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Ranked as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for cancer care by U.S. News & World Report, Norris Cotton Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care and treatment. The Cancer Center currently treats all different types of cancer and it also offers more than 150 cancer clinical trials.

In addition to lung and chest cancers, the types of cancer treated at Norris Cotton Cancer Center include: brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, rectum cancer, endocrine and thyroid cancers, esophagus cancer, women’s cancers, head and neck cancers, leukemia, liver cancer, lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic cancers, pediatric cancers, prostate cancer, sarcoma, skin cancer, stomach cancer, and urologic cancers.

Led by Medical Director Dr. James R. Rigas and Scientific Director Dr. Charles Brenner, the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at Cotton Cancer Center utilizes specialists from the departments of pulmonary medicine, medical and radiation oncology, and the department of surgery, as well the department of molecular diagnostics, pharmacology, and advance practice nursing.

The comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program features advanced radiosurgery with Trilogy (a system for image-guided surgery from Varian Medical Systems), access to clinical trials and new treatments, a smoking cessation program and the program has the only interventional pulmonologist in northern New England . “Interventional pulmonology provides less invasive methods of diagnosis that decrease the need for some surgeries. Diagnosis of lung cancer is made easier and safer by combining ultrasound and bronchoscopy into endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS).” **

The complete list of Thoracic Oncology Program services includes: Interventional pulmonology, Interventional bronchoscopy, Stent therapy, Radiation Therapy, Stereotactic radiosurgery with the TrilogyTM system, Endobronchial radiation, and Specialized surgery. The program also offers review and second opinions for all diagnostic biopsies and pathology specimens as well as minimally invasive and post-operative pain cervices, nutritional support, and pallative care/emotional and spiritual support.

Clinical trials for cancers of the lung and occupational cancers are handled through the office of clinical research which includes the following departments and contacts: Radiation Clinical (RTOG) Trials (603.653.0590); Comprehensive Clinical Oncology Group (603.650.6344); and the Comprehensive Thoracic Disease Management Program (603.650.8537). Patients interested in clinical trials may also review clinical trials in several additional categories. These include: Prevention, Psychiatric, Solid Tumors, Surgical Trials, and Symptomatic & Miscellaneous.