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    News: Head and Neck Cancer

    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.  

    Free head and neck cancer screening April 17

    Friday, April 10th, 2015

    Of every 100 people in the United States, at least three men or women will be diagnosed with head and neck cancer in their lifetimes. These cancers can occur in the nasal cavity, sinuses, throat, lips, mouth, thyroid, salivary glands or the voice box (larynx). Early detection of these serious diseases significantly reduces the risk […]

    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, […]

    Grant boosts head and neck lymphedema research

    Monday, March 9th, 2015

    Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) has been awarded a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to establish a valid, clinically useful measurement battery for head and neck lymphedema and fibrosis (LEF). Principal investigator Jie Deng, Ph.D., R.N., developed the proposal because she commonly sees […]

    Yoga therapy for cancer patients studied

    Thursday, January 29th, 2015

    Cancer is bad enough. But cancer patients who receive surgery, radiation and chemotherapy may suffer from side effects that run from irritating to crippling — problems that are postural, musculoskeletal and respiratory, along with lowered self-esteem. Many suffer from lymphedema, swelling caused by retained fluid in a compromised lymphatic system. One answer may be the […]

    New insight on oral cancer culprits

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

    Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) treatments have been slow to advance despite the aggressive nature of these tumors that commonly metastasize. Models for the development of improved OSCC therapeutics have also been scarce. Thomas Andl, Ph.D., Claudia Andl, Ph.D., and colleagues previously observed coordinated loss of connective molecules (E-cadherin) and growth factor (TGFbeta) signaling in […]

    Courage Unmasked

    Friday, October 31st, 2014

    Radiation masks donated by head and neck cancer patients and decorated by Nashville-area artists were displayed during the recent Courage Unmasked event at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery. More than 60 masks visible on the back wall were decorated by Nashville area artists to raise funds for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center head and neck cancer patients. Read more […]

    Courage Unmasked supports cancer patients

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

    by Dagny Stuart Charlie Haller had never smoked or used chewing tobacco and wasn’t a heavy drinker, so the 41-year-old Lyles, Tennessee, man wasn’t thinking about cancer when a mass developed on the side of his neck. His primary care physician, however, immediately referred him to a specialist and a biopsy revealed a form of […]

    HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancer Patients May be Safely Treated with Lower Radiation Dose

    Thursday, June 19th, 2014

    by Dagny Stuart A new study suggests that lowering the dose of radiation therapy for some head and neck cancer patients may improve outcomes and cause fewer long-term side effects. The research was presented by lead author Anthony Cmelak, M.D., professor of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), during the 50th annual meeting of […]

    Free Screening for Head and Neck Cancer

    Friday, April 20th, 2012

    The symptoms of head and neck cancer can be subtle, so to help catch the disease in its earliest stages the Tennessee Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Meharry Medical College and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System will offer […]

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