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VICC Annual Retreat focuses on immunotherapy

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Cancer cells multiply, spread and thrive in large measure because the body’s immune system doesn’t recognize the cancer as a lethal threat. Efforts to enable the immune system to “see” the cancer and attack the aberrant cells were the prime focus during Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Annual Retreat, held April 30 at the Vanderbilt University Student […]

Jansen’s cancer research efforts garner recognition

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Valerie Malyvanh Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., a third-year medical oncology fellow, recently received several national awards and grants, as well as a Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center fellowship, in recognition of her translational cancer research. Jansen received an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2015 Women in Cancer Research Scholars Award. The awards are given to members of […]

Supportive environment spurs Biomedical Sciences graduates

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

“It takes a village to raise a scientist.” That’s how Shenika Poindexter describes Vanderbilt University’s approach to graduate training in the biomedical sciences. “I had a lot of help,” said Poindexter, who celebrated her recently minted Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at the Graduate School’s Commencement ceremony last week. The support provided by faculty mentors and […]

Discovery Lecture to feature VICC experts

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Three Vanderbilt University scientists will describe “gene-environment interactions in cancer etiology and prevention” at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in 208 Light Hall. The panel discussion of “cutting-edge discovery” at Vanderbilt is the final Flexner Discovery Lecture of the 2014-2015 academic year. Speakers include: • Robert J. Coffey Jr., M.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, professor […]

American Surgical Association lauds VUMC’s Beauchamp

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, was selected to receive the 2015 Flance-Karl Award from the American Surgical Association (ASA). Beauchamp, who is also a professor of Surgery, Cancer Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology, traveled to San Diego last week […]

Partnership with Teen Cancer America and musicians to enhance adolescent and young adult cancer program

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Teen Cancer America, The Band Perry, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center are teaming up to enhance the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program at Children’s Hospital. Rock legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who founded Teen Cancer America in 2012. Following the success with Teenage Cancer Trust […]

Kachnic to join VUMC as new chair of Radiation Oncology

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Lisa Kachnic, M.D., professor and chair of Radiation Oncology and associate director of Multidisciplinary Cancer Research at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and chief of Radiation Oncology at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been named the new professor and chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Radiation Oncology. She will join the faculty on Sept. […]

Photo: Cancer screening

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Sarah Rohde, M.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology, checks Emery Reed for symptoms of potential head and neck cancer. Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians recently provided free cancer screenings for 116 patients at the Odess Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic and the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.  

VICC research efforts in spotlight at AACR conference

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Adding an investigational drug to an already approved estrogen blocking therapy appears to be safe and provided clinical benefit for some postmenopausal women with estrogen-positive breast cancer. The research led by Ingrid Mayer, M.D., associate professor of Medicine and clinical director of the Breast Cancer Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), was selected for the […]

VICC at Franklin adds new radiation therapy technology

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) at Franklin has added new technology to enhance treatment for patients needing radiation therapy or stereotactic body radiation. The newly installed TrueBeam linear accelerator provides more accurate targeting of the radiation beam to focus on the cancer or lesion and enhanced protection for the adjacent tissue. VICC at Franklin is […]

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