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    News: Gastrointestinal Cancer

    VUMC Teams with 3 Midstate Hospitals

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011

    Leaders of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, Northcrest Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center today announced affiliation agreements establishing a partnership between these medical centers to work collaboratively to create new jointly operated programs and services in the counties where these hospitals reside. These programs are intended to expand primary and specialty […]

    Heart Protein Has Role in Colon Cancer

    Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

    A protein critical in heart development may also play a part in colon cancer progression. Research led by investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Eye Institute suggests that the protein BVES (blood vessel endocardial substance) – which also is key in regulating corneal cells – may be a therapeutic target for halting colon […]

    Brain Protein’s Role in Stomach Cancer

    Friday, August 26th, 2011

    Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. While some chemotherapy drugs are initially successful at controlling the tumors, most gastric cancers develop resistance. Previously, Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues found that DARPP-32, a protein abundant in neurons and most commonly associated with addiction, is overexpressed in two-thirds of all gastric cancers. […]

    Grant Bolsters Liver Tumor Surgery Techniques

    Friday, August 26th, 2011

    A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors. While aggressive surgery is a highly effective treatment, it risks injury to the liver, which can lead to post-operative liver failure. […]

    Cancer Center Debuts Clinic in Green Hills

    Friday, August 19th, 2011

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has opened a free-standing cancer clinic in Green Hills to give cancer patients more options for their oncology care. VICC Green Hills provides many of the same services available at the main VICC campus, including access to board-certified cancer physicians and specially trained oncology nurses and pharmacists. Patients can see an oncologist, […]

    “Look Good Feel Better” Makeover Classes Set for Aug 15

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center invites cancer patients to a free counseling session designed to help participants cope with the side-effects of cancer treatments like hair loss and skin problems. The seminar, called “Look Good…Feel Better,” will be held Monday, Aug. 15, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., in the Patient and Family Resource Center, Room 1700AB, The […]

    Get Your Creativity On!

    Monday, July 25th, 2011

    Calling all artists and artist-wanna-be’s! Each year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center show support for various cancer organizations by recruiting teams to participate in walks and runs. We like to design a special T-shirt to give our participants as a way to say thank you and to show the community that Vanderbilt […]

    Study Seeks Clues to Halt Metastasis’ March

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    Cancer cells grow in a seemingly haphazard fashion. They have lost the ability to connect with neighboring cells in a normal, well-ordered way. Instead, these microscopic “pirates” have acquired the ability to invade normal tissues and to wreak damage long distances through a process known as “metastasis.” E-cadherin, a protein that “glues” normal cells together, […]

    Never Give Up, Lance’s Mom Says

    Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

    In 1971 — coincidentally the year that President Nixon declared the War on Cancer — a 16-year-old gave birth in Plano, Texas, to a baby boy that she named Lance. He would grow up to become a champion cyclist and arguably the most famous cancer survivor on the planet. Dressed in the trademark yellow of […]

    Moving On

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

    Susan Hahn is moving again – into a new home and into a new stage of life after cancer. The Chicago native had moved to Nashville in January 2009. She was engaged by that July and quickly began planning a big wedding. She and her fiancé had also just begun plans to tear down and […]

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