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News: November, 2017

What to know about smoking and how to quit

Monday, November 27th, 2017

What to know about smoking, and how to quit with Hilary Tindle, M.D., founding director, Vanderbilt Center for Tobacco, Addictions and Lifestyle.

Customized Care

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

In early 2014, Mary Beth Ballard and her husband, Chris Murray, were searching for their first home together in Middle Tennessee when she noticed something she initially dismissed as a sign of a minor infection—a small amount of blood in her urine.    Between house hunting and a new job, her schedule was hectic. The blood […]

Day in Life

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

For many patients of the Vanderbilt Breast Center, their first direct contact with the clinic is a pre-appointment telephone call from Norma Campbell, R.N., one of the center’s two nurse coordinators.  “Sometimes these patients are just really, really afraid, or they just want to put a face to a name, and during this call they’ll […]

Reducing Health Disparities

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

A Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) researcher is leading the nation’s largest-ever study of breast cancer genetics in African-American women—a $12 million initiative funded by the National Cancer Institute to determine the factors that make breast cancer deadlier for black women.  Our cover story about the Breast Cancer Genetic Study in African-Ancestry Populations, for which Dr. […]

Journal Watch

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

New target for colorectal cancer  In a study published March 6 in the journal Oncogene, Dana Hardbower, Ph.D., Keith Wilson, M.D., and colleagues demonstrated that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling in macrophages is associated with increased colitis-associated colon cancer development. While inflammatory bowel disease and colitis can increase the risk of colon cancer, the […]

News Around the Cancer Center

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

VICC committed to increasing HPV vaccinations  Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) experts and the Prevent Cancer Foundation urged the public to “think about the link” between viruses and cancer during a July seminar.  The event, held in conjunction with the Tennessee Cancer Consortium’s annual conference, was one of several initiatives by VICC during 2017 to raise […]

The rainbow after the storm

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

I have been through a storm. And I don’t just mean any storm. I mean a tsunami.  A tsunami generally consists of a series of waves with periods ranging from minutes to hours occurring in a so-called wave train. That’s what having ovarian cancer felt like to me. It was waves of different emotions, waves […]

Tuya Pal helps families solve genetic puzzles

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Tuya Pal, M.D., has spent much of her life trying to unravel scientific mysteries. As a little girl she was already learning, competing and moving fast. The child of first-generation immigrants who moved from India to Canada where her father earned a scholarship to study engineering, Pal was a competitive swimmer who also loved to […]

The Mentor

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

During a career that spans more than half a century, Harold “Hal” Moses, M.D., pioneered an entirely new research field aimed at suppressing tumor growth and helped build Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) into one of the nation’s leading cancer centers.  Moses, who will turn 80 in February 2018, has closed his lab and retired to […]

About Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The rate of triple-negative breast cancer is twice as high in black women as in white women. It is called triple-negative because cancer cells do not have estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors or large amounts of HER-2 protein. The cells lack the receptors that respond to currently approved targeted therapies or hormone therapies so treatment options […]

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