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    VICC leads study on high breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in African-American women

    Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

    A cancer research consortium headed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) and two other institutions, today received $12 million in federal funding to help determine why African-American women die at a higher rate and have more aggressive breast cancer than white women.  The grant, which was awarded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part […]

    Alvarez named chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Friday, May 6th, 2016

    Ronald David Alvarez, M.D., Ellen Gregg Shook Culverhouse Chair in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His appointment is effective Sept. 1. Alvarez […]

    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Encourages HPV Vaccination

    Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

    Contact: Dagny Stuart, (615) 936-7245 Dagny.stuart@vanderbilt.edu In response to low national vaccination rates for the human papillomavirus (HPV), Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has joined 68 of the nation’s other NCI-designated cancer centers in urging increased HPV vaccination for the prevention of cancer. Experts at VICC, in collaboration with colleagues at the other cancer centers, recognize […]

    VICC investigators land Komen breast cancer grants

    Thursday, October 1st, 2015

    Two Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) investigators — Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., B.F. Byrd Jr. Professor of Oncology and director of VICC, and Valerie Jansen, M.D., Ph.D., medical oncology fellow — have received new cancer research grants awarded by Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research. The 2015 grants will provide nearly […]

    Ovarian cancer foundation honors VUMC’s Khabele

    Thursday, September 24th, 2015

    Dineo Khabele, M.D., associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Cancer Biology, has been named to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). Khabele joins Celeste Leigh Pearce, Ph.D., MPH, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan, and Daniel Powell Jr., Ph.D., research associate professor of […]

    Drug combos enhance ovarian cancer cell death

    Monday, August 24th, 2015

    Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage and frequently develops resistance to platinum chemotherapy. Identifying new drug combinations to overcome platinum resistance is a critical clinical challenge. They report in the Journal of Ovarian Research that combined thymoquinone and cisplatin had synergistic anti-tumor effects in cultured cells. The drug combination reduced tumor burden and […]

    New type of trial shows promise for several cancers

    Monday, August 24th, 2015

    Anti-cancer drugs are typically tested on one type of cancer at a time. But an international consortium of cancer investigators, including Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) researchers, simultaneously tested an existing therapy in patients with several different forms of cancer that all exhibit the same tumor gene mutation. The new clinical trial showed promising results in […]

    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, […]

    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 […]

    Pink Out! game set for Sunday, Feb. 8

    Thursday, February 5th, 2015

    The stands inside Memorial Gymnasium are expected to resemble a sea of pink as fans don pink attire for the Vanderbilt Commodores Women’s Basketball game Sunday, Feb. 8, at noon. The Commodores will play the University of Kentucky Wildcats during the annual Pink Out! Game, which is designed to raise awareness of breast cancer and […]

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