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    One Million Strong event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer

    Thursday, March 17th, 2016

    Thousands of colorectal patients, families and supporters will gather in Nashville April 1 and 2 for the annual One Million Strong event to raise awareness about colorectal cancer. The nonprofit organization, Fight Colorectal Cancer, along with community partners including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), will host two days of activities highlighting the importance of colorectal cancer […]

    Transplant Center initiative seeks to boost cancer education

    Thursday, February 11th, 2016

    Lindsay Ramsey Smith, MSN, R.N., a quality consultant for the Vanderbilt Transplant Center (VTC), recently uncovered some interesting data that sparked a center-wide improvement project. Every year the center reports all malignancies to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). During one of the reporting cycles, Smith noticed that a large portion of Vanderbilt patients […]

    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 […]

    Reduced-nicotine cigarettes decreased dependence and frequency of smoking

    Thursday, October 1st, 2015

    Reduced-nicotine cigarettes were beneficial in reducing nicotine exposure and dependence, and also the number of cigarettes smoked per day, when compared with standard-nicotine cigarettes in a six-week study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is the first large-scale clinical trial to examine the effects of reduced-nicotine cigarettes on smoking behavior and exposure […]

    Cancer therapies’ impact on heart, kidneys explored

    Thursday, September 24th, 2015

    Vanderbilt is embarking on a multi-disciplinary approach to understand how promising cancer treatments, specifically certain kinase inhibitors, affect the heart and kidneys. In recent years, kinase inhibitors have emerged as important options for treating many cancers. In particular, specific kinase inhibitors, called angiogenesis (or VEGF) inhibitors, target the tumor vasculature and have become options for […]

    Exercise during teen years linked to lowered risk of cancer death later

    Friday, August 7th, 2015

    Women who exercised during their teen years were less likely to die from cancer and all other causes during middle-age and later in life, according to a new study by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Shanghai Cancer Institute in China. The study was published online July 31 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & […]

    Anticancer olive compounds

    Thursday, July 30th, 2015

    Natural compounds from plants – phytochemicals – provide a variety of health benefits, including anticancer activity. The human topoisomerases, enzymes that “detangle” DNA, are important targets for plant-derived anticancer drugs. To discover novel phytochemicals with anticancer activity, Kendra Vann, Neil Osheroff, Ph.D., and colleagues screened a library of 341 Mediterranean plant extracts for activity against […]

    Study explores protein’s role in inflammation-associated cancer

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

    A protein that transports the micronutrient selenium and has antioxidant functions may protect against colitis-associated carcinoma — colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study. The findings, reported in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, could suggest strategies for reducing colon cancer risk in […]

    Veterans returning from Middle East face higher skin cancer risk

    Thursday, July 16th, 2015

    Soldiers who served in the glaring desert sunlight of Iraq and Afghanistan returned home with an increased risk of skin cancer, due not only to the desert climate, but also a lack of sun protection, Vanderbilt dermatologist Jennifer Powers, M.D., reports in a study published recently in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. “The past decade […]

    Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Death Rates Among Low-Income Residents in Southeastern U.S.

    Monday, June 29th, 2015

    Eating a healthy diet was linked with a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer or other diseases among a population of low-income individuals living in the Southeastern U.S., according to research led by Vanderbilt University investigators. Nearly two-thirds of the participants in the study were African-American. The study by first author Danxia […]

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