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    News: Breast Cancer

    VICC leads study on high breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in African-American women

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

    A cancer research consortium headed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and two other institutions, today received $12 million in federal funding to help determine why African-American women die at a higher rate and have more aggressive breast cancer than white women.  The grant, which was awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part […]

    VICC’s Levy named Komen Scholar for breast cancer research

    Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

    Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and director of Cancer Health Informatics and Strategy at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), has been named a Komen Scholar by the Susan G. Komen organization. Susan G. Komen is one of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to breast cancer research, patient support and advocacy. […]

    Precision medicine already changing cancer treatment strategies

    Thursday, May 26th, 2016

    The ability to test patients’ cancers for individual differences, mainly at the genetic level, and to make treatment decisions based on those differences is the hallmark of precision medicine, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is among the leaders of this new approach to diagnosis and treatment. “Nationwide we’re seeing great promise with this approach […]

    Public invited to learn about VICC precision cancer medicine

    Friday, April 29th, 2016

    Leading cancer investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will unveil the latest in cancer research during an upcoming community event. “Precision Medicine in Cancer: At the Crossroads of Research and Treatment for Patients” will be held Tuesday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center, 310 25th Ave. S. The public is […]

    Study explores how some breast cancers resist treatment

    Thursday, April 21st, 2016

    A targeted therapy for triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), the most aggressive form of breast cancer, has shown potential promise in a recently published study. TNBC is the only type of breast cancer for which there are no currently approved targeted therapies. The new study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators has identified gene alterations […]

    Switching breast cancer off

    Thursday, April 14th, 2016

    Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) – key regulators of cell signaling pathways – are commonly implicated in the proliferation of malignant tumors. The EPHA2 RTK is overexpressed in aggressive forms of breast cancer, and this overexpression correlates with poor patient outcomes. EPHA2 is believed to operate somewhat like a switch: when its ligand, ephrin-A1, is present, […]

    T.J. Martell Foundation lauds Pietenpol’s research

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and director of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), was honored with the Medical Research Advancement Award during the 8th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala held recently at the Omni Nashville Hotel. The Medical Research Advancement Award is in recognition of Pietenpol’s career as a cancer researcher. […]

    Annual Pink Out women’s basketball game set for Feb. 14

    Thursday, February 11th, 2016

    Pink will be the dominant color in Memorial Gymnasium Sunday, Feb. 14, as the Vanderbilt Commodores Women’s Basketball team participates in the annual Pink Out! game to raise awareness about breast cancer. Pink is the color associated with breast cancer research and survivorship, so the Commodores will wear special uniforms during the matchup against the […]

    VICC’s Balko named a Susan G. Komen ‘Pink Tie Guy’

    Thursday, December 10th, 2015

    Justin Balko, Pharm.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Cancer Biology, has been named a member of the 2016 class of Pink Tie Guys by the Greater Nashville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer research and patient support. The Pink Tie Guys are community leaders in the corporate, philanthropy, […]

    Study shows compression device helps ease lymphedema

    Friday, October 9th, 2015

    Lymphedema patients saw a nearly 80 percent reduction in cellulitis episodes by using an advanced pneumatic compression device at home, according to a study in JAMA Dermatology co-authored by Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Sheila Ridner, Ph.D., and University of Minnesota School of Public Health Associate Professor Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Ph.D. The reduction in episodes also led […]

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