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Study examines pain processing in co-occurring cancer, Alzheimer’s disease

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

A new multisite study will examine whether co-occurring Alzheimer’s disease and stage 4 breast or prostate cancer alters pain perception, potentially leading to undertreated cancer pain.

Cancer Center among best in nation for stem cell transplant survival

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s Stem Cell Transplant ranks among the best in the nation for donor stem cell transplant survival rates among large centers, according to an annual report.

VUMC listed among top 100 oncology programs by Becker’s Hospital Review

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. The annual review recognizes medical systems leading the nation in providing high quality cancer care while ensuring a superior patient experience. Hospitals on the Becker’s Great Oncology Programs list offer patients comprehensive […]

VUMC wins national recognition for employee health care focus

Friday, May 26th, 2017

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has re-accredited Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer for 2017 for VUMC’s efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for employees and their families. In conjunction with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), VUMC earned the Gold Standard accreditation for taking action in five areas of […]

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 […]

VUMC Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for Oncology Program

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has been named to the 2016 Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. The annual list recognizes organizations leading the nation in cancer care. Hospitals on the Becker’s Great Oncology Programs list offer patients comprehensive cancer care involving teams of specialists, participation in […]

VUMC selected for CMS-led initiative promoting better cancer care

Friday, July 1st, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that it has selected Vanderbilt University Medical Center to participate in a care delivery model that supports and encourages higher quality, more coordinated cancer care. The Medicare arm of the Oncology Care Model includes more than 3,200 oncologists — about one-fifth of U.S. oncology specialists […]

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 […]

Review highlights financial impact of sarcoma misdiagnosis

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Malpractice awards and settlements are eight times greater when physicians misdiagnosis sarcoma than when they make other mistakes, according to a review of 32 years of court cases. For orthopaedic surgeons, the indemnity payments were 17 times higher. However, primary care physicians were more apt to be sued. The review is the latest effort by […]

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