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    News: Head and Neck Cancer

    STINGing combination for cancer

    Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

    Cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs) are intracellular messengers produced in bacteria that can bind to and activate an immune-mediated signaling cascade called STING in mammalian cells. CDNs have shown antitumor activity in melanoma and breast tumors. Reporting this month in the journal Head & Neck, Young J. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University, […]

    Glowing receptors help find and track cancerous growth

    Friday, May 19th, 2017

    Under the microscope, they sparkle like emeralds, these molecules that may hold a key to understanding — and stopping — cancerous growth. The molecules are protein receptors that bind epidermal growth factor (EGF). Overexpression of the EGF receptor has been linked to multiple types of cancer. Drugs that block the receptor have become routine treatment […]

    Researchers seek best ways to increase HPV vaccination rates

    Friday, May 12th, 2017

    Tennessee has one of the lowest human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates in the nation, and investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) are hoping to change this by improving the way medical providers present these vaccines to patients and by improving patient and patient family education. “HPV is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in […]

    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. […]

    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 […]

    Annual free screening for head and neck cancer set for April 15

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

    The symptoms of head and neck cancer can be subtle, so to help catch the disease in its earliest stages the Vanderbilt Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will offer free head and neck screenings Friday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual screening and educational event is […]

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Encourages HPV Vaccination

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Contact: Dagny Stuart, (615) 936-7245 Dagny.stuart@vanderbilt.edu In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has joined 68 of the nation’s other NCI-designated cancer centers in urging increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. Experts at VICC, in collaboration with colleagues at the other cancer centers, recognize […]

    New faculty: Bethany Rhoten examines quality of life among cancer survivors

    Monday, October 19th, 2015

    Bethany Rhoten’s research focuses on issues that few people openly discuss—those surrounding body image and sexuality among cancer survivors. “While conducting research for my dissertation, I saw how difficult it is when a patient with head and neck cancer looks in the mirror and the person they see is not the person they saw six […]

    Fundraiser for head and neck cancer patients slated for Oct. 16

    Friday, October 9th, 2015

    The second annual Courage Unmasked event to raise awareness about head and neck cancer will be held Friday, Oct. 16, 6 – 9 p.m., at the Sarratt Gallery at Vanderbilt. This year’s “Masks and Music” event, which raises funds for head and neck cancer patients in treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, will include a showcase […]

    Photo: Cancer screening

    Thursday, April 30th, 2015

    Sarah Rohde, M.D., assistant professor of Otolaryngology, checks Emery Reed for symptoms of potential head and neck cancer. Vanderbilt University Medical Center physicians recently provided free cancer screenings for 116 patients at the Odess Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Clinic and the Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.  

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