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News: Clinical Trials

New Grant Boosts Prostate Cancer Research

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has received a $7.6 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) stimulus grant to coordinate a study comparing the effectiveness of various treatments for prostate cancer. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the three-year grant is part of the CHOICE award program that uses federal ARRA stimulus […]

New Melanoma Drug Creates Excitement

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

A new drug used to treat advanced melanoma patients with a specific genetic mutation in their tumors demonstrated significant tumor shrinkage in the majority of patients during a clinical trials.

VICC Launches Genome-Driven Therapy

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has launched its new Personalized Cancer Medicine Initiative, becoming the first cancer center in the Southeast and one of the first in the nation to offer adult cancer patients routine “genotyping” of their tumors at the DNA level. This information will then be used to personalize treatment by matching the appropriate […]

Specialized PET Scan Spots Tumors

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Vanderbilt University Medical Center and affiliated VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System are the first in the nation to perform a specialized PET/CT scan to successfully locate the presence of tumors. The improved imaging allows surgeons to more easily locate and remove cancerous tumors, according to Ronald Walker, M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences. Walker […]

Other End of Scope Offers New Perspective

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Otis Rickman, D.O., assistant professor of Medicine and Thoracic Surgery, has performed thousands of bronchoscopies; after all it’s his medical specialty. But VUMC’s director of Bronchoscopy had never undergone the procedure, which involves threading a flexible scope through a patient’s nose, down the airway and into the lungs. The lighted bronchoscope makes it possible for […]

VICC Lauded Among Nation’s Best

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center once again is listed among the nation’s best in cancer care by U.S. News and World Report in its 2010 ranking, released this week. It is the only hospital in Tennessee to make the list of best hospitals for cancer care, and the second-highest ranked center in the Southeast. Overall, Vanderbilt University […]

Website Helps Recruit Research Volunteers

Friday, July 9th, 2010

In the three months since the website was launched, more than 1,500 Tennessee residents have registered as research subject volunteers and more than 3,300 have been matched to a particular study. is an online matching system that connects researchers with potential subjects across the country. The free and secure site is available to […]

Songs from the Heart

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Songs from the Heart, a songwriting workshop for cancer survivors with songwriter Tricia Walker, will be offered July 27-28, with a concert of on July 30. This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Gilda’s Club Nashville.

Your Genome and the Future of Medicine

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

What if your doctor could tell by reading your genetic code which cancer therapies were most likely to work for you, and which you should avoid, before you even try them? The question is no longer What if? but rather When? In an upcoming documentary, physicians and scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center describe these […]

BMI Songwriters Share Talents with VICC Team

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Longtime community partner BMI, the performing rights organization, brings a couple of its songwriters, Billy Montana and Rob Crosby, to showcase their talents for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center team. Recorded May 20, 2010, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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