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Summer 2016 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.

  • Quantum Leap

    More patients with different cancers benefit from new immunotherapy treatments

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    Quantum  Leap
  • Kill the weeds, spare the grass

    New tumor-targeting strategies limit damage to healthy tissues

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    Kill the weeds, spare the grass
  • The MDS challenge

    The molecular maze of bone marrow failure

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    The MDS  challenge
  • Aiming High

    The Cancer Moonshot Initiative

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    Aiming High


Day in Life

Vandana G. Abramson, M.D., gauges her smile as carefully as she prescribes doses of medicine. One patient may need beaming reassurance, while another might require a muted moment of understanding. On this Tuesday, she will meet with 26 patients. They come from across the United States to the Vanderbilt Breast Center, where Abramson, a medical […]

Spotlight: Prostate Cancer

After Ira Baxter was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the fall of 2014, he tried just about everything to treat it. He had his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels tested and retested. He sought a second opinion, then a third—consulting physicians in Nashville, Los Angeles and Houston. For a time, he ate an all-organic diet, trying […]

Stories of Survival

My husband looked at me and said, “I need you to teach me how to fix her hair.” It was December of 2010, and we were sitting in an oncology office after hearing the news that I had stage IV melanoma. Cancer. Not just a little bit of cancer, but a lot. No one had […]