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Winter/Spring 2021 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.

  • Fresh Start

    A better path for young adults with cancer

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    Fresh  Start
  • Expanded Footprint

    Leaders named to guide growth of Vanderbilt-Ingram clinical services

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    Expanded Footprint
  • Molecular Mission

    Ben Ho Park shares his vision for giving more people access to precision oncology

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    Molecular Mission
  • Barrier Breaker

    Karen Winkfield helps people navigate society’s invisible boundaries

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    Barrier Breaker
  • Exceptional Collaboration

    National Cancer Institute recognizes achievements with renewed funding

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    Exceptional Collaboration


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People experienced with a cancer journey often become patient advocates. Their advocacy includes serving in organizations that promote research and education, increasing awareness through social media and providing guidance and support for newly diagnosed patients.   Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014 and successfully treated at Vanderbilt in 2015, Ira Baxter now volunteers as executive […]


As medical science advances upon the molecular drivers of different cancers, and as cancer treatment consequently becomes more targeted and precise, clinical testing for molecular alterations has come online over the past decade to help clinicians match patients to these newer treatments. “We have pills that allow us to target certain genomic alterations in tumors, […]

My Story

The darkest hour came for me on Nov. 19, 2018. As I was chit-chatting with the radiology technician and giving advice for her daughter on navigating pre-medical requirements in college, she was taking X-rays of the cancer that I didn’t know was growing inside of me. “Tell her to major in something completely different from […]