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Less-invasive Lung Cancer Surgery Studied

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

For years, the standard treatment for some early lung cancers was to remove the entire affected lobe. The recurrence of cancer was low, but the procedure was invasive and unnecessarily removed normal lung tissue not affected by the tumors. Vanderbilt’s Department of Thoracic Surgery and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have joined a National Cancer Institute […]

Approach Eases Adrenal Tumor Removal

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Surgeons at the Vanderbilt Endocrine Surgery Center recently performed an innovative procedure, and Tennessee’s first, that is paving the way for easier, less painful removal of adrenal tumors. By making just three small incisions to the back, James Broome, M.D., and Carmen Solorzano, M.D., were able to remove a benign tumor from a patient using […]

VU Robotic Surgery Keeps Growing

Friday, August 13th, 2010

A 68-year-old male with advanced prostate cancer lies on the operating table. A 1,500-pound contraption looms over him, its metal arms extend like tentacles into tiny holes in his abdomen. The surgeon sits at the far side of the room, face pressed into a large console, hands and feet manipulating controls. As the surgeon moves, […]