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    News: Gastrointestinal 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 […]

    Singer’s concert honors care received at Cancer Center

    Thursday, March 24th, 2016

    A cancer patient’s gratitude toward his Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) physician led to a star-studded concert to benefit the Cancer Center. Colon cancer survivor and country artist Wade Hayes was joined by six-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, four-time Grammy and CMA Award-winning artist Steve Wariner and Kix Brooks, CMA […]

    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 suggests cancer’s ‘clock’ can be rewound

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have “turned back the clock” in a mouse model of metaplasia — precancerous stomach lesions — raising hopes that gastric cancer, a worldwide scourge that’s rising in the United States, can be prevented. “This was totally unexpected,” said James Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., the Paul W. Sanger Professor of Experimental […]

    College of American Pathologists lauds Washington’s contributions

    Friday, January 8th, 2016

    Mary (Kay) Washington, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the College of American Pathologists(CAP). Washington was one of eight physician members honored during the organization’s recent annual meeting in Nashville. The CAP Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes pathologists who have demonstrated a broad, positive impact on the […]

    Biomarker for intestinal tumors

    Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

    The incidence of pancreatic and small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) has risen over the past decade. NETs are the second most common cancers in the small intestine and pancreas and are frequently associated with liver metastasis. Safia Salaria, M.D., and colleagues examined expression of CD24 – a biomarker for normal and cancer stem cells – […]

    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 […]

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