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    VU professor designs special apron for breast cancer patients

    Friday, January 8th, 2016

    A Vanderbilt professor has designed a special apron for breast cancer patients after first-hand experience dealing with chest drainage tubes following surgery. Craig Anne Heflinger, Ph.D., professor of Human and Organizational Development at Peabody College, based her design on the big-pocketed aprons worn by employees at The Home Depot. A friend gave her one of […]

    Ayers Institute spurred key cancer research gains

    Friday, November 13th, 2015

    In 2005, Tennessee philanthropists Jim and Janet Ayers gave $10 million to help Vanderbilt University scientists find early markers for colorectal cancer that could improve diagnosis and potentially save lives. Within nine years, the gift, which established the Jim Ayers Institute for Precancer Detection and Diagnosis at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), had yielded an […]

    VUMC debuts dedicated tobacco treatment service

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    Hilary Tindle, M.D., MPH, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Tobacco, Addiction and Lifestyle (ViTAL), rattles off the data without taking a breath: smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the world; on average 480,000 people die every year from smoking-related diseases; and tobacco use costs the United States $300 billion in health […]

    Five VUMC faculty members on list of most frequently cited researchers

    Friday, October 9th, 2015

    Five current faculty members at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have made this year’s list of scientists whose papers have been cited most frequently by others. The metric, developed by the global information giant Thomson Reuters, has become a prominent measure of a scientist’s influence on his or her field of endeavor. This year 3,125 scientists […]

    Cancer therapies’ impact on heart, kidneys explored

    Thursday, September 24th, 2015

    Vanderbilt is embarking on a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how promising cancer treatments, specifically certain kinase inhibitors, affect the heart and kidneys. In recent years, kinase inhibitors have emerged as important options for treating many cancers. In particular, specific kinase inhibitors, called angiogenesis (or VEGF) inhibitors, target the tumor vasculature and have become options for […]

    Strong scores put VICC among top NCI centers

    Thursday, September 17th, 2015

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has been recognized for the impact of its research programs and excellence in patient care by a panel of National Cancer Institute (NCI) reviewers, receiving an overall “exceptional” score as part of the renewal of the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG). High programmatic scores and the overall merit rating led to […]

    Hach shows age not always a barrier to cancer therapy

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    Phila Hach recently celebrated her 89th birthday and she has had much to celebrate over the years. “I have a wonderful life. I’ve had an exotic life, an eclectic life,” explained Hach. It is a life that recently included chemotherapy to address advanced colon cancer. Emily Chan, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine and a […]

    New creative writing course geared for cancer community

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    Cancer patients, family members and those who care for cancer patients often need a way to express the deep and often lasting emotions that a cancer diagnosis can bring. The new “Express Yourself: Creative Writing Series” gives everyone in the cancer community an opportunity to express and share those emotions. Series participants will have the […]

    Prostate cancer care in spotlight at first VU football game

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    In the first game of the season, Vanderbilt’s football program, in conjunction with the Southeastern Conference, is kicking off a campaign to highlight prostate cancer prevention and awareness. During the Sept. 3 home opener against Western Kentucky University, the Commodores are slated to wear commemorative helmet stickers to raise awareness about the disease. Other awareness activities will […]

    Bad “traffic” linked to cancer

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

    The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is activated in different locations in the cell by different proteins called ligands. Transporting ligands to the wrong places, called mistrafficking, is associated with abnormal signaling and cancer. Polarized columnar epithelial cells have an “apical” surface that faces the lumen, or body cavities, and a “basolateral” surface that faces […]

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