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VA New England Healthcare System


Veterans' Healthy Living, Spring 2015

VHL spring 2015 cover
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Michael F. Mayo-SmithDear Veterans

A Message from the Network Director

Michael F. Mayo-Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
Network Director


This issue has several articles on outdoor opportunities for our Veterans, as well as information about new prospects for our patients who are coping with cancer.

First, you’ll find an article on page 3 about the Precision Oncology Program (POP). This cutting-edge program targets our Veterans with lung cancer, but it does so based on a tumor’s gene mutation. State-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge technology arm our specialized staff to help Veterans do battle with cancer.

On pages 4-5, you can learn about the exciting adventures of New England area disabled Veterans who took to the water during last summer’s Sail To Prevail event, which is scheduled for June 27-28 this year.

Disabled Veterans also took to the slopes these past months as part of the Winter Adaptive Sports program – even after record snowfalls this past winter! I hope you’ll read the article on page 6 and consider signing up for one of the many upcoming opportunities when flurries fly again.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce (page 7) that the our Clinical Trials Network is now a member of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), a cancer research group that will greatly benefit Veterans with cancer.

Thank you for your service. Now let us serve you!

Michael F. Mayo-Smith, M.D., M.P.H.
Network Director

Secretary Bob McDonald, VISN and Bedford Leadership and guests
Secretary Bob McDonald, VISN and Bedford Leadership and distinguished guests stop for a quick photo during Secretary’s visit to the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital (Bedford VAMC) March 25, 2015.