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VICC Earns Accreditation for Research Subjects Protection

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has earned accreditation from the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP).

Komen Grants Enhance Breast Health Initiatives

Friday, July 31st, 2009

By Dagny Stuart Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Nashville has awarded three grants totaling $175,000 to support Vanderbilt breast health initiatives. The Coalition for Healthy Aging Breast Health Initiative (BHI), a program of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services, received two of the grants. The first BHI grant targets women 55 and older […]

Curing Cancer Is Within Our Grasp

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong and John Seffrin of the American Cancer Society share their thoughts about President Obama’s ambitious health care goals and his boldest goal of all: conquering cancer. Read the column in the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Minority Cancer Awareness and Young Adults with Cancer

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Debra Wujcik, R.N., Ph.D., of VICC participated on April 26 in a national radio talk show for cancer survivors called The Group Room, hosted by cancer survivor Selma Schimmel. This show is part of National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. Listen to the Group Room Radio Show on Minority Cancer Awareness.

Cancer Center Investigators in Spotlight at AACR Meet

Friday, April 24th, 2009

By Dagny Stuart Investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Meharry Medical College have completed a multi-year recruitment trial in which 68 percent of those minority patients eligible for a cancer clinical trial agreed to participate. The results were reported during the annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference in Denver. The study is significant […]

Tennessee Blacks’ Death Rates of Cancer Explored

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Today’s Tennessean covers the 2009 Tennessee Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition Summit, “Passport to the Future: A Cancer-Free Tennessee,” that began at Meharry Medical College in Nashville on Thursday.  Quoted are VICC’s Debra Wujcik and Jennifer Pietenpol. “[One] problem is the lack of participation in clinical trials by minorities, said Debra Wujcik, director of clinical trials […]

The Cancer Belt: Beneath the Veneer of Southern Hospitality Lurks a Silent Killer

Monday, July 14th, 2008

By Dagny Stuart (from the Spring 08 Momentum) The South is known for many things – hot, steamy summers, iced tea laced with sugar and friendly people with a tendency to welcome strangers. But beneath the veneer of Southern hospitality and gracious living lurks a silent killer. Cancer is more prevalent in the South, and […]

Colonoscopy Disparities Persist

Friday, April 4th, 2008

by Dagny Stuart African-Americans are far more likely to be diagnosed with and to die from colorectal cancer than whites or other minority groups. Despite this increased risk, a new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers found that African-Americans are far less likely to undergo colonoscopy screening than whites, even when both groups […]

Racial Disparities Persist for Colonoscopy Screenings

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

African-Americans are far more likely to be diagnosed with and to die from colorectal cancer than whites or other minority groups. Despite this increased risk, a new study led by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers found that African-Americans are far less likely to undergo colonoscopy screening than whites, even when both groups have a family […]

Cancer Still a Stigmatized Disease In Communities of Color

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Silence is often the first barrier to progress against cancer, Tennessean columnist Dwight Lewis writes. This column highlights the Witness Project as one of the promising steps being taken to address the gaps in cancer incidence and deaths between black and white members of our community. The Witness Project, supported by Susan G. Komen for […]