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Summer 2015 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.

  • Easy on the Eyes

    How direct chemotherapy saves vision and spares the rest of the body

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    Easy on the Eyes
  • Generation Next

    Grassroots philanthropies provide seed funding for young investigators

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    Generation Next
  • The Evolution of Aspirin

    Studies revive an ancient drug’s anti-cancer potential

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    The Evolution of Aspirin
  • Cancer Killers

    Harnessing the lethal power of the immune system

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    Cancer Killers


A Closer Look

Lauren Hackett doesn’t consider her personal experience with cancer unique. Throughout her life, the disease has touched the lives of friends, relatives and colleagues. Hackett’s mother won a fight against breast cancer two decades ago, but lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010. “We all have similar stories,” she said. Hackett joined Vanderbilt-Ingram […]

Spotlight on Cancer

Colon cancer, when it came, tiptoed into Jeanetta Fargo’s life. “I felt great. I was working out all the time…I never felt better in my life.” There had been abdominal spasms a year earlier—discounted when an ultrasound revealed nothing. Even an abnormal screening test during her annual physical exam, and a recommendation from her doctor […]

Stories of Survival

Isn’t it interesting how one remembers the date? Mine was Jan. 11, 2011. I hadn’t been feeling well for a few months, and a lymph node in my neck was continually swelling. On that date, however, I had a CT scan for a suspected kidney stone. My doctor called with the results. When I answered […]