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New Drug Mutes More Melanomas

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Therapies targeted to a specific mutation in the BRAF gene can significantly reduce tumor burden in metastatic melanoma. But these therapies are not suitable for melanomas lacking the mutation, and even tumors carrying the BRAF mutation eventually become resistant to those therapies. Using human melanoma tumors implanted into mice, Ann Richmond, Ph.D., and colleagues assessed […]

Dermatology Adds New Treatments

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Vanderbilt Dermatology has increased its ability to treat various forms of skin cancer, with the recent addition of a fifth Mohs surgeon and the approval of a new oral drug to treat the most severe cases of basal cell skin cancer. Preventing skin cancer, however, will always remain a focus. The Vanderbilt Mohs program became […]

VUSM to Host IOM Meeting

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), in conjunction with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will hold a regional meeting Monday, April 23, 4–6 p.m. in 208 Light Hall. The presentation, “Potential and Pitfalls of Gene and Omics-Based Treatment for Cancer,” will highlight recent advances in cancer research based on gene sequencing, along […]

Free Screening for Head and Neck Cancer

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The symptoms of head and neck cancer can be subtle, so to help catch the disease in its earliest stages the Tennessee Chapter of the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center for Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, Meharry Medical College and the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System will offer […]

Going for the Gold

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center cordially invites you and your guests to join us for Going for the Gold: Living Well through Cancer! Due to an overwhelming response, we have closed registration. We are thrilled to have so many people attend! Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012 Time: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Where: Vanderbilt University Student Life Center 310 […]

VICC’s Correa Honored with AACR Lectureship

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Pelayo Correa, M.D., professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunulogy, has been recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and its Minorities in Cancer Research membership group with the Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship. Correa holds the Anne Potter Wilson chair in cancer research in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The AACR-MICR-Jane Cooke […]

Newly Identified Stem Cells May Hold Clues to Colon Cancer

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have identified a new population of intestinal stem cells that may hold clues to the origin of colorectal cancer. This new stem cell population, reported March 30 in the journal Cell, appears to be relatively quiescent (inactive) – in contrast to the recent discovery of intestinal stem cells that multiply rapidly […]

Investigators Win Global GE Research Grants

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators have won two of the five global innovation grants awarded by the “GE Healthymagination Cancer Challenge.” The grants were awarded to Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., director of VICC, and the My Cancer Genome project, developed by Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, and William Pao, M.D., Ph.D., […]

Melanoma Drug Risks Studied

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Melanoma patients who are treated with new oral drugs inhibiting the BRAF gene are at increased risk for developing secondary skin cancers. A new study co-authored by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators and researchers from 12 other cancer centers discovered clues that may explain what is triggering these secondary cancers. VICC’s Igor Puzanov, M.D., assistant professor […]

Oncology Named Among Nation’s Best

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Becker’s Hospital Review has named Vanderbilt University Medical Center to its list of 70 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs. These hospitals are deemed to be on the cutting edge of cancer treatment, prevention and research, and the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected them based on clinical accolades, quality care and contributions […]