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Journal Watch

Friday, April 29th, 2022

World Trade Center responders at higher risk for blood cancer-associated mutations Scientists from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) collaborated with researchers from New York to determine that 9/11 first responders to the World Trade Center have increased levels of mutations that escalate their risk for blood cancers or cardiovascular disease, according to a study published March […]

Q+A: Genetic Counseling

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Katie Lang, MS, CGC, is the director of Cancer Genetic Counseling Services and the medical director of Genetic Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Q Who should undergo genetic testing for cancer risk? A Our understanding of genetics and cancer is rapidly evolving, so this question can be tricky. But, generally speaking, we know that […]

National Leader

Friday, April 29th, 2022

We’re unlikely as patients to ever meet a pathologist, those doctors who, having examined samples of our blood or tissue, write reports and speak with our attending physicians about what’s fundamentally going on with our cases.  When it comes to cancer treatment, how involved are these doctors? Take it from an oncologist: “The role of […]

Stepping down

Friday, April 29th, 2022

It has been my distinct honor to serve as the director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for the past 15 years. I recently announced that I am stepping down on June 30 to serve as the chief scientific and strategy officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center and will continue to serve as Executive VUMC Vice […]

Breast Cancer Discovery

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a subtype of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) that appears to be able to escape detection by the immune system and evade immunotherapy. Their report, published Nov. 1, 2021, in the journal Nature Communications, provides further evidence that TNBC […]

Precision Care

Friday, April 29th, 2022

A team of Vanderbilt researchers has revealed some of the mechanisms by which polyps develop into colorectal cancer, setting the framework for improved surveillance for the cancer utilizing precision medicine. Their study, published Dec. 14, 2021, in Cell, describes findings from a single-cell transcriptomic and imaging atlas of the two most common colorectal polyps found […]

Hockey event raises funds for pediatric cancer research

Friday, April 29th, 2022

The Nashville Predators hockey team’s longtime support of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt was on full display in November 2021. Amid Hockey Fights Cancer month, the Nashville Predators presented Children’s Hospital with the proceeds raised throughout the year from the team’s 365 Pediatric Cancer Fund presented by Twice Daily. In a masked presentation […]

Vanderbilt offers family care for hereditary cancer syndromes

Friday, April 29th, 2022

With Tennessee’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute to treat people of all ages, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) offers families a seamless care experience. The wealth of expertise at VUMC provides access to medical specialties besides hematology/ oncology and a one-stop option when families are confronted with hereditary cancer syndromes. […]

Shot Shield

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) has taken multiple measures since the COVID pandemic began two years ago to protect its patients, study how the disease affects immunocompromised people and provide them with an extra shield against infection. “The pandemic brought unique challenges and required quick changes in how we provided care,” said Laura Goff, MD, executive […]

Sarcoma Sisterhood

Friday, April 29th, 2022

Courtni Hammers remembers feeling sicker than she’d ever been in her life, racked with fever and overwhelmed with flu-like body pain. Having these symptoms in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic magnified her anxiety. Hammers, then a 25-year-old Navy hospital corpsman, picked up her phone and called Kelsey Bauman, a 29-year-old dental hygienist living more […]

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