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Lung and Pancreatic Cancer Wellness Services

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Are you currently going through lung cancer or pancreatic cancer treatment or have completed therapy? Jay Groves, administrative director at Vanderbilt Dayani Center, describes the new Vanderbilt Cancer Wellness Program. This program promotes the health and wellbeing of those touched by cancer through interactive, individualized and comprehensive services that complement your standard of care. Learn […]

Tobacco Cessation

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Have you ever tried to quit smoking and been unsuccessful? As a former smoker, Barbara Forbes, a clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner, knows what you’re going through. She directs the Dayani Institute for Smoking Cessation and Prevention at Vanderbilt, and she can help you kick the habit for good. Learn more about the Smoking […]

Dayani Center Ready to Help Smokers Quit

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Barbara Forbes, MSN, keeps a big jar of tar on her desk. The dark, goopy mess is a visual representation of the amount of tar that a smoker will ingest by smoking one pack of cigarettes per day for a year. Forbes is the director of the Smoking Cessation Institute at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center […]

Protein Trio Ups Gastric Cancer Risk

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The bacterium Helicobacter pylori colonizes the stomachs of about half of the world’s population and increases the risk of gastric cancer. Individuals infected with H. pylori strains that have the cag pathogenicity island (cag PAI) – a group of genes that encodes the bacterial toxin CagA and a secretion system to inject it into gastric […]

VUMC Teams with 3 Midstate Hospitals

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Leaders of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Maury Regional Medical Center, Northcrest Medical Center and Williamson Medical Center today announced affiliation agreements establishing a partnership between these medical centers to work collaboratively to create new jointly operated programs and services in the counties where these hospitals reside. These programs are intended to expand primary and specialty […]

Heart Protein Has Role in Colon Cancer

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

A protein critical in heart development may also play a part in colon cancer progression. Research led by investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Vanderbilt Eye Institute suggests that the protein BVES (blood vessel endocardial substance) – which also is key in regulating corneal cells – may be a therapeutic target for halting colon […]

Brain Protein’s Role in Stomach Cancer

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. While some chemotherapy drugs are initially successful at controlling the tumors, most gastric cancers develop resistance. Previously, Wael El-Rifai, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues found that DARPP-32, a protein abundant in neurons and most commonly associated with addiction, is overexpressed in two-thirds of all gastric cancers. […]

Grant Bolsters Liver Tumor Surgery Techniques

Friday, August 26th, 2011

A team led by Vanderbilt University biomedical engineer Michael Miga, Ph.D., has been awarded a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to enhance image-guided surgery techniques for safely removing liver tumors. While aggressive surgery is a highly effective treatment, it risks injury to the liver, which can lead to post-operative liver failure. […]

Cancer Center Debuts Clinic in Green Hills

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has opened a free-standing cancer clinic in Green Hills to give cancer patients more options for their oncology care. VICC Green Hills provides many of the same services available at the main VICC campus, including access to board-certified cancer physicians and specially trained oncology nurses and pharmacists. Patients can see an oncologist, […]

“Look Good Feel Better” Makeover Classes Set for Aug 15

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center invites cancer patients to a free counseling session designed to help participants cope with the side-effects of cancer treatments like hair loss and skin problems. The seminar, called “Look Good…Feel Better,” will be held Monday, Aug. 15, from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., in the Patient and Family Resource Center, Room 1700AB, The […]