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Lung screening program continues to grow

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Lung Screening Program for patients at high risk for cancer recently reached a milestone, enrolling more than 700 patients and performing more than 1,000 CT screening examinations.

Rathmell elected to ASCO nominating committee

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, Cornelius A. Craig Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), has been elected to the nominating committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Liquid biopsies help reveal lung cancer mutations

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Cancer investigators led by researchers at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have co-developed a liquid biopsy blood-based assay used to identify specific gene mutations associated with the development or relapse of small-cell lung cancer (SCLC)

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center patients treated with new FDA-approved CAR T therapy

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has been selected as one of the few authorized treatment centers in the United States approved to administer the first FDA- approved chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR T) therapy for treatment of adult patients with a specific type of lymphoma.

Boosting sarcoma cell death

Friday, October 6th, 2017

A recent study by Dai Chung, M.D., and colleagues suggests new therapeutic options for Ewing sarcoma, a type of rare, aggressive childhood cancer.

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 […]

Genetics of lung cancer survival

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

African-Americans are more likely to die from lung cancer than whites and yet few studies of possible genetic factors that contribute to this disparity have been conducted. Melinda Aldrich, Ph.D., MPH, and colleagues conducted a first-of-its-kind genome-wide association study of lung cancer survival in 286 African-Americans enrolled in the Southern Community Cohort Study. Reporting recently […]

STINGing combination for cancer

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs) are intracellular messengers produced in bacteria that can bind to and activate an immune-mediated signaling cascade called STING in mammalian cells. CDNs have shown antitumor activity in melanoma and breast tumors. Reporting this month in the journal Head & Neck, Young J. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology at Vanderbilt University, […]

Project reveals importance of cancer gene mutation testing

Friday, June 9th, 2017

An international genomic data-sharing consortium has analyzed nearly 19,000 patient genomic records and found that testing of patient tumors for relevant gene mutations often provides a roadmap for the use of effective therapies. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE) is a multi-phase, multi-year data-sharing project launched in 2015 […]

Cancer Patient Chooses Nashville for VICC Care and the Nashville Predators

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Los Angeles native Christina Shaw had two powerful goals when she decided to move cross country to live in Nashville. The first was to support her favorite hockey team, the Nashville Predators, and the second was to meet with Leora Horn, M.D., M.Sc., a renowned lung cancer specialist at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). Shaw, 33, […]

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