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Colorectal cancer patients warn against dismissing early symptoms

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Younger patients say colorectal cancer is a disease that doesn’t follow age guidelines, so pay attention to early symptoms.

Hand-held robot points to less invasive prostate surgery

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Vanderbilt collaborators focused on minimally invasive prostate surgery are developing an endoscopic robotic system with two-handed dexterity at a much smaller scale than existing options.

Clinical study tests drug that may prevent cancer metastasis

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

A clinical study of a drug that may block cancer metastasis is currently enrolling patients at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Expert Q&A: Understanding a new approach to cancer treatment

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Precision oncology expert Dr. Ben Ho Park sheds light on cancer treatment innovations.

Childhood cancer: how it’s different than for adults

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

The nature of childhood cancer is different than adult cancer, and so is the approach to treatment.

Treatment approved for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved ruxolitinib, the first drug for patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) who have an inadequate response to steroid treatment.

Health disparity for blacks exists within lung screening guidelines

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that determine which smokers qualify for CT scans exclude significant numbers of African Americans who develop lung cancer, a health disparity that merits modifications to lung cancer screening criteria, according to a study from Vanderbilt researchers.

Immunotherapy helping 87-year-old man stay on the job

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Immunotherapy is helping cancer patient Roszell Mack Jr. to continue going to his job on a Kentucky horse farm.

Custom stents saving smiles for some oral cancer patients

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Customized oral stents can minimize harm from radiation therapy for some head and neck cancer patients.

Technology better than tape measure for identifying lymphedema risk

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS) is better than a tape measure for assessing a woman’s risk for developing lymphedema, painful swelling in the arm after breast cancer surgery, according to interim results of a recent study.

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