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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 […]

“Movember” activities help raise prostate cancer funds, awareness

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Beginning this week, Vanderbilt men will have a good excuse to ignore their razors and let their facial hair grow. November has been dubbed “Movember,” a time when men are encouraged to grow a moustache to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. One in seven men in the United States will be diagnosed with […]

Rathmell to direct Division of Hematology and Oncology

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

W. Kimryn Rathmell, M.D., Ph.D., Alexander Professor for Translational Science and associate director for Training and Education at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been named director of Vanderbilt’s Division of Hematology and Oncology. Rathmell is a physician-scientist whose research focuses on the genetic and molecular signals that drive renal […]

Study finds significant drop in new prostate cancer diagnoses

Friday, June 19th, 2015

A new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators found new diagnoses of prostate cancer in the U.S. declined 28 percent in the year following the draft recommendation from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) against routine PSA screening for men. The new research, led by first author Daniel Barocas, M.D., MPH, […]

Statin use improves renal cell cancer survival

Friday, April 17th, 2015

A new study led by Vanderbilt University investigators found that patients being treated with statins at the time of surgery for kidney cancer, also known as renal cell carcinoma, had improved overall survival and disease-specific survival. Drugs known as statins are widely used to lower cholesterol and previous studies have indicated that they could be […]

NCI report shows U.S. cancer deaths on decline

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The death rates for most forms of cancer continue to decline at a modest pace among men, women and children in the United States, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer 1975 – 2011. The report from the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health, […]

Barocas named to Commission on Cancer

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Daniel Barocas, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was recently named a representative on the Commission on Cancer. The program helps to raise the quality of care at hospitals across the country through developing standards for cancer care and uses those standards to accredit hospitals. Barocas will represent the […]

Cancer survival improvements vary by age, race

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment have led to longer survival for most cancer patients in the United States. However, the improvement in survival was substantially greater among younger patients and those who are white in most of the cancers studied, according to new research by Vanderbilt University investigators. The study was published online recently […]

Grant bolsters Kirschner’s prostate cancer research

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Austin Kirschner, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Biology, has received the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Award for the study of advanced prostate cancer. “I am very honored to receive this important award in support of research to help men with difficult-to-treat forms of prostate cancer,” said Kirschner, who joined the […]

New options enhance prostate cancer treatment

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) patient William Ostman smiled while gazing into a camera lens and declared, “I am a prostate cancer survivor.” Ostman, 63, who now lives in Hermitage, Tennessee, was sharing his story recently in a video for the nonprofit organization ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. The fact that he is still […]

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