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Musician, physician collaborate to create message of hope on film

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Nashville musician and producer Jesse Boyce compares the anxiety he felt just before receiving palliative radiation therapy to the jitters he often experienced before going on stage. The instant treatment began — and as the first note rang out — his anxiety was replaced by a sense of peace and determination. Boyce, whose incredible career […]

“Music and Miracles” concert benefitting VICC set for April 22 in Auburn, AL

Friday, April 7th, 2017

The Music and Miracles concert, set for Saturday, April 22, at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, will feature Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, and Kelsea Ballerini and will include a special appearance by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is one of the beneficiaries. For more information, go to

VUMC to offer free head and neck cancer screening April 7

Monday, March 27th, 2017

A hoarse voice or persistent sore throat that lasts for weeks may seem like a mild nuisance, but those same symptoms could be early signs of head and neck cancer. To help patients determine their risk for disease and detect problems at an early stage, the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Vanderbilt-Ingram […]

Active surveillance preserves quality of life for prostate cancer patients

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Faced with the negative quality-of-life effects from surgery and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, low risk patients may instead want to consider active surveillance with their physician, according to a study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The Vanderbilt University Medical Center study led by Daniel Barocas, M.D., MPH, associate […]

New Radiology website gives patients pre-visit tips

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Patients scheduled to undergo an imaging procedure at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) can now explore a new Radiology and Radiological Sciences patient website for tips about what to expect during the visit, how to prepare for the procedure and how early to arrive prior to the appointment. Designed with patient education in mind, the […]

Concert by singer Wade Hayes and friends to benefit VICC

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Country music artist and cancer survivor Wade Hayes will host the second annual “Country Hits Back” benefit concert Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Theatre, located at 419 Main Street in Franklin. The event will support vitally important cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Hayes is best known for hit songs “Old Enough […]

National Cancer Institute’s Lowy details HPV virus research efforts

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Douglas Lowy, M.D., acting director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), warned that worldwide death rates from cervical cancer are expected to increase in low- and middle-income countries during the next 15 years unless steps are taken to prevent the cancer from occurring. Almost all cases of cervical cancer are linked to a viral infection. […]

Chance to sing for the Pope motivates cancer patient

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Cancer patient Sharon Edwards will lift her voice toward what she hopes is a better year when she sings for Pope Francis later this month. “I used to be a soprano until radiation turned me into an alto,” she said, attempting to hold back a tear with humor. She doesn’t always succeed. It’s hard not […]

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Supports National HPV Vaccination Efforts

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Nearly 39,000 new cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Although HPV vaccines can prevent the majority of these cancers, vaccination rates remain low across the country. Recognizing a critical need to improve national vaccination rates for HPV, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) is again uniting with […]

VICC initiative seeks to provide comfort for cancer patients

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Finn Schafran has always been a happy child, but these days the nearly 2-year-old boy is adjusting to spending part of each day at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), where he receives chemotherapy and radiation for a rare cancer. Finn’s parents sought treatment when they realized their son was having pain and then developed a bulge […]

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