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Winter 2015 Issue

Momentum: Moving toward a future without cancer.

  • Smart Choices

    How to reduce cancer risk

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    Smart Choices
  • High Stakes

    When a brain tumor threatened Andrew Leahey’s music, the Skull Base Center preserved his hearing—and his rock star hair

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    High Stakes
  • Missing the Mark

    There is a vaccine that prevents cancer. Why are so few getting it?

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    Missing the Mark
  • Mining the microbiome

    How the microbes that share our bodies could help prevent cancer

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    Mining the microbiome


A Closer Look

From a young age, Scott Sobecki had two loves: medicine and computers. His career path began with the former and gravitated to the latter. Vanderbilt brought them together in one job. Sobecki is the director of the Research Informatics Core at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, leading a 25-person team that develops software to aid researchers in […]

Spotlight On: Skull Base Tumors

Music has always filled Andrew Leahey’s mind and his heart. With a mom who taught music classes, Leahey spent his early years in Richmond, Virginia, plinking on the keys of the family piano, listening to melodies and singing along. “I thought it was just normal, that everybody walked around the house singing all the time. […]

Stories of Survival

In the summer of 2013, my 39-year-old husband, Todd Jackson, our 4-month-old daughter, Allie, and I were living the life we had dreamed of and worked hard to achieve, when our bliss was interrupted by Todd’s strange speech symptoms. Brain surgery and a diagnosis of glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, followed over […]