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VUMC Joins Blood-Brain Barrier Group

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has joined the International Blood-Brain Barrier Consortium, a group that is combining research and comprehensive patient care to develop protocols and guidelines for opening the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a system of tight junctions in the circulatory system around the brain that protects the central nervous system from unsafe […]

Writing Workshop for Cancer Survivors

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Cancer survivors interested in exploring the process of creative writing are eligible to attend free Vanderbilt writing workshops this fall. The classes are open to all cancer survivors regardless of where they received their cancer care, and previous writing experience is not required. Participants will have the opportunity to create original material and share their […]

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 […]

Light the Night Happens Oct. 7

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) is gearing up for Light the Night, a fund-raising event for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Thursday, Oct. 7, at LP Field. Vanderbilt University will field a team for the visually exciting event which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s activities to fund medical research, support government advocacy and patient assistance […]

Hedgehog Hunted in Kids’ Brain Tumors

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Pilocytic astrocytoma, the most common type of pediatric brain tumor, has an excellent 10-year survival rate and is often viewed as a benign lesion. However, survival and progression-free survival rates fall over time and survivors often suffer later consequences related to disease or treatment. Sarah Rush, M.D., Michael Cooper, M.D., and colleagues in the Vanderbilt […]

It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, September 13th, 2010

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, honoring the more than 40,000 children currently being treated in the U.S. as well as the estimated 270,000 childhood cancer survivors.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Events for 2010

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, the Tennessee Cancer Coalition’s Childhood Action Team and childhood cancer organizations across the state join together to compile a list of activities. Check them out here.

Moms Shave Heads to Raise Cancer Funds

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Dozens of moms whose children have been touched by cancer will be shaving their heads and appearing on a television special to support childhood cancer research. The “46 Mommas,” including women from the Nashville area, will participate in the shaving event in Los Angeles on Sept. 7, and then will appear onstage during the Stand […]

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 […]

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., […]