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Study examines prostate cancer treatment decisions

Thursday, January 2nd, 2020

A five-year follow-up study of U.S. men who received prostate cancer treatment is creating a road map for future patients to clarify expectations and enable men to make informed choices about care.

VUMC’s Osterman awarded Microsoft Investigator Fellowship

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

Travis Osterman, DO, MS, has been awarded a Microsoft Investigator Fellowship.

Study examines pain processing in co-occurring cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

A new multisite study will examine whether co-occurring Alzheimer’s disease and stage 4 breast or prostate cancer alters pain perception, potentially leading to undertreated cancer pain.

Effort seeks to enhance cancer screening for Hispanic/Latina women

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Providing access to a culturally appropriate community health worker during breast cancer screenings may impact elements of patient care and satisfaction among Hispanic/Latina women.

New telehealth initiative aims to enhance cancer care in rural areas

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

VUMC is leading an effort to improve cancer care in rural areas with a telehealth initiative supported with a $3.3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Academic Pediatric Association honors Barkin

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS, division chief of General Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, was honored recently with the 2019 Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Award.

Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is better than a tape measure for assessing a woman’s risk for developing lymphedema, painful swelling in the arm after breast cancer surgery, according to interim results of a recent study.

Therapy animals’ impact on children with cancer studied

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Mary Jo Gilmer, PhD, recently received a grant from nonprofit Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) for a pilot program investigating the health benefits of human-animal interactions (HAIs) in reducing suffering of children with cancer undergoing debilitating treatments.

Tool guides decision-making for prostate cancer patients

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Prostate cancer patients in Nashville and Los Angeles are benefiting from a computer-based decision aid that implements the latest study results to tailor treatment options to an individual’s quality-of-life priorities.

Study finds patient messages help predict medication adherence

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Breast cancer patients who message their doctors about certain topics are more likely to discontinue hormone therapy than others, enabling doctors to better predict which patients are at risk of stopping their treatment early.

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