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News: Radiation Oncology

Kachnic to step down as chair of Radiation Oncology

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Lisa Kachnic, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She will step down from her role as Vanderbilt’s Radiation Oncology leader on June 30 and will continue her service at VUMC through August.

Pathways of radiosensitization

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Austin Kirschner, MD, PhD, and colleagues have studied the mechanism of radiation sensitization for enzalutamide using multiple models of human prostate cancer.

Precision radiation aids patient’s cancer battle

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Precision radiation therapy helped treat patient Imogene Stranch’s cancer.

Team’s potential lung cancer therapy lands award from SBIR

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

A potential cancer drug aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of ionizing radiation in lung cancer patients is a step closer to development with funding support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Radiation Oncology Survivorship Program adds telemedicine care

Friday, August 10th, 2018

The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology is offering survivorship care in Clarksville, Tennessee, via telemedicine to patients after they complete curative treatment.

Radiation and pulmonary fibrosis

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis — tissue scarring that can permanently impair lung function — limits the delivery of therapeutic radiation doses to non-small cell lung cancer. To develop strategies for preventing or reducing fibrosis, Michael Freeman, Ph.D., and colleagues are exploring the cell types and factors that contribute to the radiation-induced fibrotic response.

Art donation to benefit VICC Radiation Oncology patients

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Artist Rhonda Jennette, second from right, donated animal-themed art for display in the Radiation Oncology department. Shown here with Jennette are, from left, Mark Stavas, M.D., Leslie Mader, R.N., OCN, and Eric Shinohara, M.D., MSCI. (photo by Susan Urmy)

Cancer patient creates artwork for Radiation Oncology suite

Friday, August 11th, 2017

In her life, Jessi Zazu, 27, has toured the world as a musician in the group Those Darlins, recorded three studio albums, starred in music videos and exhibited her original artwork in individual and group art shows. With parents who are artists and a father and grandfather who played music, Zazu was destined to inherit […]

Munyon named to new radiation therapy oversight board

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Karen Munyon, MBA, director of Finance and Operations for Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been appointed to the Tennessee Radiologic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners. She is one of nine individuals appointed by the Tennessee governor or state lawmakers to the newly created oversight board. Karen Munyon, MBA While […]

Kachnic named one of the ‘Women to Watch’ in health care

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Lisa Kachnic, M.D., Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in Radiation Oncology and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been named one of the “Women to Watch” in health care by Nashville Medical News. Lisa Kachnic, M.D. Kachnic is among 10 women in the Class of 2017 recognized by the health […]

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