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    News: Colorectal Cancer

    Patient encourages early screening for colon cancer

    Friday, April 1st, 2016

    Van Edmundson, a retiree from Ashland City, Tennessee, had his first screening colonoscopy at 50, the age recommended for most patients. Individuals with a family history of colorectal cancer or with current gastrointestinal symptoms may need to be screened earlier. Edmundson’s test was negative for colon cancer and he got the all-clear again when he […]

    One Million Strong event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    Thousands of colorectal patients, families and supporters will gather in Nashville April 1 and 2 for the annual One Million Strong event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. The nonprofit organization, Fight Colorectal Cancer, along with community partners including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), will host two days of activities highlighting the importance of colorectal cancer […]

    Study explores less invasive way to monitor colorectal cancer

    Monday, February 22nd, 2016

    Investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have published research regarding an important feature of colorectal cancer (CRC) that could eventually lead to the development of non-invasive means of monitoring cancer progression. After lung cancer, CRC is the second-most lethal cancer in the United States. The team’s research, published in eLIFE, indicates that colorectal cancer cells […]

    Study identifies potential colon cancer biomarker

    Thursday, February 11th, 2016

    A protein that suppresses a key cancer pathway in the colon may be a potential biomarker for colitis-associated tumors, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported last month in the journal Gut. The protein, called blood vessel epicardial substance or BVES, also may be a new therapeutic target for cancers in the colon and elsewhere, […]

    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 […]

    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 type of trial shows promise for several cancers

    Monday, August 24th, 2015

    Anti-cancer drugs are typically tested on one type of cancer at a time. But an international consortium of cancer investigators, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) researchers, simultaneously tested an existing therapy in patients with several different forms of cancer that all exhibit the same tumor gene mutation. The new clinical trial showed promising results in […]

    Brown to head cancer registry for Y-90 tumor treatments

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    Dan Brown, M.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and chief of Interventional Oncology, will spearhead a national Vanderbilt-led research registry that tracks cancer patients whose tumors are treated with Yttrium-90 (Y-90), a radioactive isotope. The Radiation-Emitting SIR-Spheres in Non-Resectable (RESIN) Liver Tumor Patient Registry is the result of a collaboration between VUMC, initially up […]

    Study explores protein’s role in inflammation-associated cancer

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

    A protein that transports the micronutrient selenium and has antioxidant functions may protect against colitis-associated carcinoma — colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study. The findings, reported in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could suggest strategies for reducing colon cancer risk in […]

    Exploring Accountable Care Organizations’ impact on cancer screenings

    Friday, May 29th, 2015

    As health care organizations implement new strategies to improve quality and reduce costs, a physician researcher at VUMC is setting out to identify whether there could be unintended effects. Matthew Resnick, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Urologic Surgery and Health Policy, has been awarded a $726,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study the […]

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