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News: Head and Neck Cancer

Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center collaboration seeks earlier diagnosis of throat cancer

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Researchers in the schools of engineering and medicine are exploring the use of Raman spectroscopy for early detection of HPV-related cancers of the throat in order to reduce the need for biopsies and to offer less intensive therapies.

Surgeon helps restore cancer patients’ functionality

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Sarah Rohde, MD, specializes in treating cancers in the head, neck and thyroid. A large part of her practice is microvascular free flap reconstruction, or using other parts of the body to reconstruct tissue removed through surgery.

Awareness, education goal of new HPV initiative

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Ronald Alvarez, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has formed the HPV-Associated Cancer Consortium Vanderbilt (HPVACTIVE) program to raise awareness and provide community-wide education about HPV-associated cancers.

Study to explore cancer survivorship, sexuality

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) Assistant Professor Bethany Rhoten, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., has been awarded a $30,000 grant through a Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center-administered American Cancer Society pilot program to investigate the need for a self-report tool to assess sexuality in head and neck cancer patients.

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 […]

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