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Exceptional Collaboration

Monday, March 1st, 2021

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) received an overall “exceptional” score for its research impact and excellence in patient care. This achievement merits renewed funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and places it once again in a top group of NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers. The renewal of the NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) provides Vanderbilt-Ingram […]

Journal Watch

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Study finds AI can categorize cancer risk of lung nodules Computed tomography scans for people at risk for lung cancer lead to earlier diagnoses and improve survival rates, but they can also lead to overtreatment when suspicious nodules turn out to be benign. A study for which Pierre Massion, MD, was the lead author published […]

Patient Protections

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Before the first COVID-19 cases were documented in Tennessee or Kentucky, Vanderbilt University Medical Center had a plan in place to keep providing highly specialized care in a safe environment for its patients. That plan has extra safeguards for cancer patients. People who come to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center enter and exit through automated doorways and […]

Unraveling a Viral Maze

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

When a new coronavirus began infecting people in China, then spread rapidly across Europe and became a global pandemic, Vanderbilt researchers provided international leadership for assessing its impact on cancer patients. Jeremy Warner, MD, MS, and Leora Horn, MD, MSc, worried about the potential and unique threats that COVID-19, the mysterious disease caused by the […]

Leadership Transitions

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

As a new decade begins, researchers are passing on the baton to others who will lead some of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s most important initiatives. After serving 16 years as associate director for Research Education, Ann Richmond, PhD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, is stepping down from the leadership post. Richmond, who is internationally known for […]

Tables Turned

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

I had been studying breast cancer for more than 20 years when I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. My professional life was filled with hours of watching tumor cells grow and spread on plastic dishes, marveling as they branched and blebbed in three-dimensional matrices, monitoring the size of lumps from spontaneous or transplanted breast […]

Evidence-based care

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Safeguarding our cancer patients, many of whom may have compromised immune systems, has always been a priority at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. The ongoing pandemic has made these safeguards more important than ever. We have implemented additional measures, including mask requirements, physical distancing and special cleaning regimens, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes […]

Age-defying Treatment

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Dona Potter rode Harleys and drove 18-wheelers back when men dominated the open highways, and she is still defying expectations. The 87-year-old from Tullahoma, Tennessee, has proven that age is not a barrier to tolerating and benefiting from chimeric antigen receptor cell therapy (CAR-T), a new immunotherapy that entails re-engineering a patient’s T cells to […]

Handed Down

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

John Joseph Heirigs either built or preserved some of the most iconic landmarks in Memphis. His construction company erected the Egyptian-themed entrance to the zoo and renovated the historic buildings along Beale Street. An avid outdoorsman, he set the state record in 1962 for bagging a white tail deer, and he spent weekends with his […]

‘Why not me?’

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

If you came across Brooke Thomas with her family and friends “eating their way through Nashville,” as she describes it, you’d never know she was really there for cancer treatment at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Thomas has metastatic triple-negative breast cancer, and admits that in the beginning she was often asking herself, “Why me?” But she […]

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