A weekly tumor board conference is held to discuss management and treatment protocols on a patient by patient basis at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). The NCCC is one of 40 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. There are over 200 research projects and protocols in progress at the NCCC.
All of the neurosurgeons at DHMC play a prominent role in the management of patients with spinal cord and intracranial tumors. Dr. David Roberts has been one of the pioneers on the development and implementation of Image-Guided Navigation Systems for tumor resection. He is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to further define the role of image guidance using a robotic surgical microscope. This robotic microscope was developed at DHMC in conjunction with Thayer School of Engineering and this collaborative research project continues at the present time. Dr. Roberts also collaborates with Radiation/Oncology to run an active Radiosurgery Program which provides another weapon in the battle against cancer of the central nervous system.
Dr. Nathan Simmons specializes in the treatment of patients with tumors of the pituitary gland, pituitary fossa, pineal gland and acoustic neuromas. Dr. Simmons and Dr. Perry Ball have active practices in the treatment of intracranial and spinal tumors especially those at the skull base and cranio-cervical junction.