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Varied interests inspire Urologic Surgery’s Chang

Friday, May 12th, 2017

If a career in medicine hadn’t worked out for Sam Chang, he might have been a politician. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Chang chose to major in politics instead of common premed majors such as biology or chemistry. That way, he would have the opportunity to take a spectrum of liberal arts classes, from […]

Prostate cancer screening recommendations altered for some older men

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

A federal task force has changed its recommendation about prostate cancer screening for some older men. The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) now recommends that men between the ages of 55 to 69 consult with their physicians about getting routine screening blood tests to detect prostate cancer. In 2012 the task force recommended […]

Musician, physician collaborate to create message of hope on film

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Nashville musician and producer Jesse Boyce compares the anxiety he felt just before receiving palliative radiation therapy to the jitters he often experienced before going on stage. The instant treatment began — and as the first note rang out — his anxiety was replaced by a sense of peace and determination. Boyce, whose incredible career […]

Penson to chair urology association’s science, quality council

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

David Penson, M.D., MPH, Paul V. Hamilton, M.D., and Virginia E. Howd Professor of Urologic Oncology and chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery, has been selected to chair the American Urological Association (AUA) Science & Quality Council, according to an announcement from the AUA Board of Directors. Penson will assume the role of chair-elect […]

Active surveillance preserves quality of life for prostate cancer patients

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Faced with the negative quality-of-life effects from surgery and radiation treatments for prostate cancer, low risk patients may instead want to consider active surveillance with their physician, according to a study released Tuesday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The Vanderbilt University Medical Center study led by Daniel Barocas, M.D., MPH, associate […]

New prostate cancer therapy investigated at VUMC

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the world’s first site to treat a patient in the TULSA-PRO Ablation Clinical Trial (TACT), which employs an emerging therapy that uses MRI guidance and robotically driven therapeutic ultrasound to obtain precise prostate cancer tissue ablation. Investigators, David Penson, M.D., MPH, professor and chair of Urologic Surgery, and Sandeep Arora, […]

Idrees receives award for cancer outcomes research

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Kamran Idrees, M.D., MSCI, assistant professor of Surgery, has received a Young Investigator Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology Foundation (SSO). The award supports innovative concepts designed to improve health outcomes through advances in the delivery of care. Idrees, who joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2012, said the one-year award “was an unexpected honor […]

Precision medicine already changing cancer treatment strategies

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The ability to test patients’ cancers for individual differences, mainly at the genetic level, and to make treatment decisions based on those differences is the hallmark of precision medicine, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) is among the leaders of this new approach to diagnosis and treatment. “Nationwide we’re seeing great promise with this approach […]

Prostate cancer survivors’ risk of heart disease studied

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

The 3 million prostate cancer survivors in the United States are likely to die from something other than cancer, thanks to early detection, effective treatment and the disease’s slow progression. What survivors need to be more concerned with is heart disease, the most common non-cancer cause of death for men with prostate cancer, according to […]

Society of Urologic Oncology honors VUMC’s Smith

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) is recognizing Joseph Smith Jr., M.D., professor of Urologic Surgery, with the Huggins Medal, its highest honor, for his lifetime contributions to the progress in treatment for patients with genitourinary neoplasms, which are tumors or cancer of the reproductive organs and the urinary system. The Huggins Medal is named […]

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