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News: Gastrointestinal Cancer

Dozens at VICC Listed Among Best Doctors

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Two popular surveys that recognize physician expertise have again included hundreds of doctors from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including 40 involved in the care for cancer patients and their caregivers. America’s Top Doctors listed 59 Vanderbilt physicians, while Best Doctors in America included 227 Vanderbilt faculty members. One or both lists included 40 members of […]

Peek Honored by Gastroenterology Group

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Richard Peek Jr., M.D., the Mina Cobb Wallace professor of Gastroenterology and Cancer Biology and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Vanderbilt, has been elected chair of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Council. The AGA Institute Council is comprised of 24 elected representatives from 12 topic interest groups that address the […]

Have You Checked Out Cancer Connect Yet?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has joined with the national CancerConnect.com initiative to launch a new online support community for people impacted by cancer, including patients, family members, friends and advocates. Participants don’t have to be a Vanderbilt-Ingram patient or family member to join the online community. There they can share stories, ask questions and learn from […]

Grant Bolsters Pancreatic Cancer Research

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Stephen Fesik, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Chemistry, has received a $2.5 million grant to fund research on drugs for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The three-year award from the Lustgarten Foundation will support Fesik’s work on targeting K-Ras, a protein that is mutated in 90 percent of pancreatic cancer patients. Approximately 43,140 patients […]

DNA ‘Marks’ Gastric Cancer Risk

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Infection with the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori is a strong risk factor for gastric cancer. But since about half of the world’s population is infected, and less than 1 percent of infected individuals develop cancer, other factors must contribute to gastric cancer risk. Barbara Schneider, Ph.D., and colleagues are examining the role of epigenetic factors […]

Share Your Stories, Art

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Tabula Rasa, the School of Medicine’s journal of medical humanities, is now accepting submissions for its 2010-2011 issue. The theme of this year’s journal is “Transformation: How Illness and Healing Change Us.” All submissions that meet the criteria (see below) will be featured on the Tabula Rasa website, and many of the selected submissions will […]

Call Center Operations Restored

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Update as of Thursday, Jan. 6: Call Center staff have been relocated to temporary locations, with phones and computers, so our service has been restored. Thanks to everyone for their patience while we addressed this unexpected situation. Kudos to our team for their dedication to finding a way to get back on line for our […]

New Online Community for Survivors

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Editor’s note: Cynthia Floyd Manley, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s associate director for communications, will appear on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act on Monday, Jan. 3, to discuss social networking for cancer survivors and caregivers. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has joined with the national CancerConnect.com initiative to launch a new online community for people impacted by cancer. As […]

Clinical Trials in Era of Targeted Therapies

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Cousins with melanoma caused by the same genetic mutation enroll in a randomized clinical trial of a promising experimental drug that targets the mutation. Randomly assigned to different groups, one young man gets the new drug, experiences dramatic shrinkage of his tumors and is alive nine months later, while his cousin receives current therapy — […]

Tennessee Rural Health Worker of Year

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Sheila Bates, L.C.S.W., community outreach manager in Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Office of Patient and Community Education, has been named the Rural Health Worker of the Year by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. Bates was nominated for her work in the development of the “Cancer Queens! A Cancer Prevention Musical Revue.” The live “edutainment” program, […]

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