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Friendly Face

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Charlotte Ladd’s work history has been a series of serendipitous opportunities ranging from investment banking to oncology nursing to teaching immigrant nurses in Florida. But it’s her work as a volunteer at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center that has brought her the greatest joy. Ladd volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the waiting room of the Henry-Joyce […]

Marathon Mission

Monday, November 7th, 2022

For 51 years, life had been pretty easy. I’ve lived a very average, comfortable and ordinary life. Not boring, just ordinary. Not perfect, but happy and content. I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a nice, safe small town with good Midwestern values, with my parents and older brother. Whether it was life challenges thrown […]

Costly Treatment Scenario

Monday, November 7th, 2022

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights how some older Americans diagnosed with cancer can face unlimited out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs under the current structure of the Medicare Part D benefit. The analysis, authored by Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Ingram associate professor of Cancer Research and associate professor of Health Policy, […]

GI SPORE over the years

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Major Players Daniel Beauchamp, MD, the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, and Ethan Lee, MD, PhD, professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and Pharmacology: high-throughput screening to identify drug-like molecules, targeting the TGF-beta and WNT pathways  Jordan Berlin, MD, co-director of the GI SPORE, interim director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, […]

Q+A: Patient Advocates

Thursday, November 3rd, 2022

Abby Shields is the program manager for Affiliations and Research Advocacy at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Q: What do research advocates do? A: Our advocates are a group of cancer survivors and caregivers who work alongside our researchers to ensure the research conducted at VICC is timely, relevant and serves the needs of our catchment area. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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