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News: August, 2017

VICC’s annual Cancer Survivors Celebration set for Sept. 10

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) will host the 2017 Cancer Survivors Celebration Sunday, Sept. 10, from 2–4 p.m. This year’s free event, offered in partnership with Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will be held at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. South. “This year, to celebrate our community impacted by cancer, we’re […]

Fatty acids and adenoma risk

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) has been associated with risk of colorectal cancer, with omega-6 PUFAs increasing and omega-3 PUFAs decreasing risk. Most studies, however, have relied on questionnaires to assess consumption of fatty acids, and results have been inconsistent. Harvey Murff, M.D., and colleagues have studied a blood-based biomarker of PUFA intake. […]

Hyundai Hope on Wheels award boosts pediatric cancer research

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Adam Esbenshade, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, has been awarded a $50,000 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Impact Award. Esbenshade plans to use data to create a risk prediction model to predict blood stream infections in pediatric cancer patients. The grant was celebrated in a “handprint ceremony” on Aug. […]

VUMC listed among top 100 oncology programs by Becker’s Hospital Review

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. The annual review recognizes medical systems leading the nation in providing high quality cancer care while ensuring a superior patient experience. Hospitals on the Becker’s Great Oncology Programs list offer patients comprehensive […]

Report identifies IT upgrades needed to enhance cancer care

Friday, August 18th, 2017

A group of nationally recognized medical information and data management experts has recommended the development of new knowledge software applications that work alongside electronic health record systems (EHRs) to help practicing oncologists access and use the latest genomic information to assist in the treatment of cancer patients. The recommendations were unveiled in a new report […]

Kidney cancer patient, survivor event set for Sept. 9

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) will sponsor an educational conference for kidney cancer patients, survivors and family members Saturday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Preston Research Building, Suite 898. The free seminar will be hosted by W. Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D., Cornelius A. Craig Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of […]

Cancer-fighting T cells are smarter, stronger than experts thought

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Scientists studying the body’s cancer-fighting T cells have a serious problem: When they culture them in the lab, the T cells sit around at equilibrium, waiting to bump into cancerous cells. But that’s not how they operate inside the body. There, they are motorized little bloodhounds, actively seeking out infected cells. In this active mode, […]

Cancer patient creates artwork for Radiation Oncology suite

Friday, August 11th, 2017

In her life, Jessi Zazu, 27, has toured the world as a musician in the group Those Darlins, recorded three studio albums, starred in music videos and exhibited her original artwork in individual and group art shows. With parents who are artists and a father and grandfather who played music, Zazu was destined to inherit […]

Breast Cancer Genomic Profiling Reveals Clues to Treatment Resistance

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Thanks to advances in treatment, the relative five-year survival rate from all combined subtypes of breast cancer now exceeds 90 percent and yet the disease remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States after lung and colorectal cancers. Carlos L. Arteaga, M.D. More than 40,000 American women will die from breast […]

Stress may switch on bone “mets”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Stress stimulates the formation of blood vessels in bone and may help breast cancer cells to invade this organ. In the July issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Florent Elefteriou, Ph.D., Julie A. Sterling, Ph.D., and colleagues describe a mechanism for skeletal colonization by breast cancer cells that could lead to new ways to […]

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