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News: Precision Cancer Medicine

Lung cancer patients and advocates visit VUMC research labs

Friday, June 15th, 2018

A group of young lung cancer patients and their family members recently toured research laboratories to learn how investigators are working to find better therapies and possibly a cure for the disease.

Park named to VICC breast cancer leadership position

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, has been named co-leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program, director of Precision Oncology and associate director for Translational Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He will assume his new post Sept. 1.

Looking beyond the ‘magic bullet’ approach to drug discovery

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Vanderbilt researchers have developed a new process that can rapidly and inexpensively identify personalized cancer drugs derived from nature.

Wilkins takes key role in national ‘All of Us’ precision medicine effort

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Consuelo Wilkins, MD, MSCI, has been appointed director of a new Engagement Core to support the design, implementation and governance of the national All of Us Research Program, an ambitious effort led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate the prevention and treatment of illness through precision medicine.

VICC, Tempus launch new data initiative to help cancer patients

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Tempus, a technology company focused on helping doctors personalize cancer care by collecting and analyzing large volumes of molecular and clinical data, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) have announced a new collaboration to improve outcomes for cancer patients.

VUMC researchers find a way to ‘starve’ cancer

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to starve a tumor and stop its growth with a newly discovered small compound that blocks uptake of the vital nutrient glutamine.

Smoking study personalizes treatment

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

A simple blood test is allowing Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) researchers to determine which patients should be prescribed varenicline (Chantix) to stop smoking and which patients could do just as well, and avoid side effects, by using a nicotine patch.

My Cancer Genome launches new search tool for clinical trials

Friday, October 27th, 2017

My Cancer Genome (MCG), a web-based cancer information tool developed by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators in 2011 and supported by GenomOncology, has launched a new clinical trial search tool that allows website visitors to search for cancer clinical trials based on disease, biomarker, phase and recruiting status.

Report identifies IT upgrades needed to enhance cancer care

Friday, August 18th, 2017

A group of nationally recognized medical information and data management experts has recommended the development of new knowledge software applications that work alongside electronic health record systems (EHRs) to help practicing oncologists access and use the latest genomic information to assist in the treatment of cancer patients. The recommendations were unveiled in a new report […]

Investigators match novel cancer mutations with potential therapies

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Research led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators may have solved a mystery about why a targeted therapy stops working in a small group of breast cancer patients. They identified a novel gene mutation that develops in the tumors, and then found a different cancer drug that appears to treat the newly identified mutation. The […]

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