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Call Center Operations Restored

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Update as of Thursday, Jan. 6: Call Center staff have been relocated to temporary locations, with phones and computers, so our service has been restored. Thanks to everyone for their patience while we addressed this unexpected situation. Kudos to our team for their dedication to finding a way to get back on line for our […]

New Online Community for Survivors

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Editor’s note: Cynthia Floyd Manley, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s associate director for communications, will appear on Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act on Monday, Jan. 3, to discuss social networking for cancer survivors and caregivers. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has joined with the national CancerConnect.com initiative to launch a new online community for people impacted by cancer. As […]

Clinical Trials in Era of Targeted Therapies

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Cousins with melanoma caused by the same genetic mutation enroll in a randomized clinical trial of a promising experimental drug that targets the mutation. Randomly assigned to different groups, one young man gets the new drug, experiences dramatic shrinkage of his tumors and is alive nine months later, while his cousin receives current therapy — […]

DNA Mechanics

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Picture a railroad track, running across the countryside. DNA looks something like that track. Its “rails” are chains of chemicals called nucleotides, each pairing with a partner on the opposite chain to form the “ties.” To ensure timely train traffic – and prevent catastrophic derailments – the railroad track needs regular maintenance. So does DNA. […]

Spicing Up Radiation Therapy

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Natural compounds derived from spices such as cinnamon and turmeric may sensitize tumors to radiation therapy, according to a report in the Oct. 15 issue of Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters Heat shock, one of the most effective radiosensitizers, induces a “proteotoxic stress” that initiates a series of events leading to cell death. Because of […]

Meeting Explores Cancer’s Impact on Heart

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Well-known daytime television actor Anthony Herrera will be the featured guest speaker at this year’s Cardiology & Oncology International Symposium, Thursday, October 7, at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel. This year’s Cardiology & Oncology International Symposium is designed to help medical professionals identify and screen cancer patients for cardiovascular disease and manage treatment for cancer […]

Remain Vigilant for Second Cancers

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Although nearly 80 percent of childhood cancer patients are surviving five years or more after diagnosis, they continue to face ongoing health risks – particularly the development of subsequent cancers. Debra Friedman, M.D., and colleagues assessed the incidence of subsequent cancers occurring five years or more after initial diagnosis among participants in the Childhood Cancer […]

Malcolm Named Radiation Oncology Chair

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Following an intensive appointment process, Arnold Malcolm, M.D., has been named chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Radiation Oncology. Malcolm has served as interim chair since May 2009 following the departure of Dennis Hallahan, M.D. “Arnold Malcolm represents the best and brightest in the field of Radiation Oncology,” said Jeff Balser, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor for […]

Childhood Cancer Survivors Risk Stillbirth

Friday, July 30th, 2010

A new study by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers found that women who survived childhood cancer were more likely to experience stillbirths or a baby death when they tried to have children, especially if the women had been exposed to high doses of pelvic radiation during cancer treatment. The study led by John Boice Jr., Sc.D., […]

Vanderbilt Gears Up for Light the Night

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is gearing up for the 2010 Light the Night, an awareness- and fund-raising event for the Leukemia & Lymphma Society, and we invite you to join us.