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A Second Chance

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

“When it’s you, it’s a whole different feeling,” Orrin Ingram said, gazing at logs burning in the fireplace. A black Labrador puppy slept near his feet. Outside the window of his farmhouse, the remnants of a January snow slowly melted. “I never really thought that at 57 years old that I would be diagnosed with […]

Day in Life

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  On the third Monday of each month, a large conference room at Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks whirs with activity and is all business — the business of sewing. Shortly before 10 a.m., a small army of women quietly enters the sliding doors of the Nashville healthcare complex, toting and wheeling the tools of […]

Unwelcome Encore

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  The phrase “lightning never strikes twice” means little to Thomas Brewer of Charlotte, Tennessee, because for him, it did — once in 2000 and again in 2017. The “lightning” in Brewer’s case was cancer — first, esophageal; then, colon. For some, developing a secondary cancer — not a spread or recurrence of a first […]

Reclaiming the neighborhood

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  When James Goldenring, MD, PhD, talks about the landscape of the stomach, he sounds a bit like a real estate agent: this is a desirable neighborhood, this one is a bit sketchy, and by all means, steer clear of this area. In the case of the stomach, these “neighborhoods” are collections of different types […]

Combating cancer disparities is an out-of-office assignment

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  Claudia Barajas knows health disparities in the Hispanic/Latino and African-American communities will not be resolved simply by having patients come to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). To address those disparities, she must go to them. Barajas is a community health educator who leads the Healthy Communities Program, offering culturally appropriate cancer prevention education and information […]

Flash Therapy

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  Instead of undergoing more than a month of radiation therapy for prostate cancer, Phillip Perry finished his treatments in just five days. “The process was quick and I was able to carry on with my normal activities each day,” said Perry, a 53-year-old flight attendant from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, who enjoys travel photography. He […]

Living with Uncertainty

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  Hi, my name is Katie. I have a brain tumor — please don’t be shocked. It sounds worse than it is. Or maybe it really is as bad as it sounds. It is hard to tell people you have a brain tumor. Sometimes they get a glazed look on their faces. I get it. […]

News Around the Cancer Center

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Advanced imaging tools reveal architecture of cell division machinery For years, Kathleen Gould, PhD, and her colleagues have drawn models of the contractile ring — the molecular apparatus that physically divides cells — and its parts. They used genetic studies to probe how the protein parts fit together, but their models involved some educated guesses. […]

Journal Watch

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Novel anti-cancer drug resistance mechanism identified Vanderbilt investigators have discovered a novel nongenetic cause of resistance to cetuximab, a mainstay of treatment for advanced colorectal cancer. The findings of Robert Coffey Jr., MD, and colleagues, published Oct. 16, 2017, in Nature Medicine, suggest a strategy for overcoming this resistance, which their research indicates is due […]

VICC’s top nurse crossed an ocean to achieve her dream

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

  Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has 343 full-time equivalent nursing and ancillary positions, and one administrator responsible for their work. She is Anna Rodriguez, MSN, MHA. “What I really like about the leadership role is problem-solving, taking complex issues and developing solutions with the team,” said Rodriguez, who became associate nursing officer of VICC in […]

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