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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 […]

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 […]

A Better Chance

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The wait gave Latonya Drumwright a premonition. It was supposed to be a quick visit, something she could get done during her lunch hour on a beautiful March day when the daffodils seemed brighter than sunshine. Now she sat under the glare of a fluorescent light with the uneasy inkling that this mammogram would not […]

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 […]

The Immunotherapy Generation

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

David Chism, 42  Assistant Professor of Medicine  Education: B.A., Georgetown University, M.Sc., Tulane University, M.D., University of Tennessee  Research area/medical specialty: Clinical research in genitourinary oncology with a focus in bladder and kidney cancer, medical oncology.  When did you join VICC and why did you choose to work here?  January 2016. I chose to work here because […]

The Invisible Wildfire

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Don Cox didn’t intend to quit smoking. He enjoyed lighting up. A cigarette helped him relax, socialize, figure out a problem or just have a moment to himself. His hand felt empty without one.  “Every year, my doctor would say ‘You got to quit smoking.’ I just let it go over my head,” Cox said.  […]

Pow! Unleashing immunotherapies & protecting patients

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

  The television ad opens on a city skyline at sunrise, with people looking up curiously at the buildings. “It’s not every day something this big comes along,” says the narrator, as words appear projected on the side of a building. “A chance to live longer,” the words spell out in big, bright capital letters. […]

The Cancer Checklist

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

  Van Edmundson had been diligent in getting routine colonoscopies, beginning at age 50, so when his doctor asked him to get a new scan after he began having shortness of breath and developed anemia, he was happy to do so. The colonoscopy revealed a small, cancerous mass. Now, four years after surgery to remove […]

Cancer sleuths span the globe tracking down a prolific killer

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

  Cancer is a peripatetic world traveler that doesn’t recognize geographic barriers or halt at national borders. It is among the leading causes of death worldwide. There were 14 million new cancer cases in 2012 and 8.2 million deaths, and the number of new cancer cases is expected to surge to 22 million within the […]

An Abiding Bond

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Luke Simons and James C. “Jimmy” Bradford Jr. worked alongside one another for decades at J.C. Bradford & Co., an investment banking and brokerage firm, but it wasn’t until six years after Bradford’s death that the full prospectus of their journeys became clear. Simons, who was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in July 2016, has a […]

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