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    News: Gastrointestinal Cancer

    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 […]

    Stomach cancer cues

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Stomach cancer is one of the most frequent cancers in the world and does not usually respond well to current treatments. Understanding how stomach cancer develops could provide new opportunities for treatment. Reporting last month in the journal Oncogene, Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues have discovered a new molecular mechanism involving the protein DARPP-32 […]

    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 sheds light on human gut’s ‘pacemaker’ cells

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    The gut has its own built-in pacemakers, populations of specialized cells that control smooth muscle contraction in the stomach, small intestine and colon. If these cells fail to develop or if they malfunction, digestion is slowed, nutrient absorption is impaired, and a wide range of gastrointestinal disorders can result. Now Vanderbilt University scientists have discovered […]

    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 […]

    American Surgical Association lauds VUMC’s Beauchamp

    Thursday, May 14th, 2015

    R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., chair of the Section of Surgical Sciences and the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, was selected to receive the 2015 Flance-Karl Award from the American Surgical Association (ASA). Beauchamp, who is also a professor of Surgery, Cancer Biology and Cell and Developmental Biology, traveled to San Diego last week […]

    Kachnic to join VUMC as new chair of Radiation Oncology

    Thursday, May 7th, 2015

    Lisa Kachnic, M.D., professor and chair of Radiation Oncology and associate director of Multidisciplinary Cancer Research at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and chief of Radiation Oncology at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has been named the new professor and chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Radiation Oncology. She will join the faculty on Sept. […]

    NCI report shows U.S. cancer deaths on decline

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

    The death rates for most forms of cancer continue to decline at a modest pace among men, women and children in the United States, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975 – 2011. The report from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, […]

    Cancer survival improvements vary by age, race

    Thursday, February 26th, 2015

    Improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment have led to longer survival for most cancer patients in the United States. However, the improvement in survival was substantially greater among younger patients and those who are white in most of the cancers studied, according to new research by Vanderbilt University investigators. The study was published online recently […]

    Tindle to lead Tobacco Research and Treatment

    Friday, November 21st, 2014

    November is well-known as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is also the month that highlights awareness of less publicized forms of cancer including pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer. All three of these diseases share a common risk factor — cigarette smoking. “Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death and it is claiming […]

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