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Get Your Creativity On!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Calling all artists and artist-wanna-be’s! Each year, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center show support for various cancer organizations by recruiting teams to participate in walks and runs. We like to design a special T-shirt to give our participants as a way to say thank you and to show the community that Vanderbilt […]

Study Seeks Clues to Halt Metastasis’ March

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Cancer cells grow in a seemingly haphazard fashion. They have lost the ability to connect with neighboring cells in a normal, well-ordered way. Instead, these microscopic “pirates” have acquired the ability to invade normal tissues and to wreak damage long distances through a process known as “metastasis.” E-cadherin, a protein that “glues” normal cells together, […]

Never Give Up, Lance’s Mom Says

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In 1971 — coincidentally the year that President Nixon declared the War on Cancer — a 16-year-old gave birth in Plano, Texas, to a baby boy that she named Lance. He would grow up to become a champion cyclist and arguably the most famous cancer survivor on the planet. Dressed in the trademark yellow of […]

Moving On

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Susan Hahn is moving again – into a new home and into a new stage of life after cancer. The Chicago native had moved to Nashville in January 2009. She was engaged by that July and quickly began planning a big wedding. She and her fiancé had also just begun plans to tear down and […]

Cancer Survivors’ Day Highlights

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

More than 350 cancer survivors, caregivers, advocates and health professionals gathered at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center last Saturday (June 18, 2011) to learn, connect and celebrate. Cancer GPS: Navigating Your Journey included remarks from keynote speaker Linda Armstrong Kelly (author and mother of champion cyclist and survivor Lance Armstrong), music and stories from survivor, […]

Dozens at VICC Listed Among Best Doctors

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Two popular surveys that recognize physician expertise have again included hundreds of doctors from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, including 40 involved in the care for cancer patients and their caregivers. America’s Top Doctors listed 59 Vanderbilt physicians, while Best Doctors in America included 227 Vanderbilt faculty members. One or both lists included 40 members of […]

Peek Honored by Gastroenterology Group

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Richard Peek Jr., M.D., the Mina Cobb Wallace professor of Gastroenterology and Cancer Biology and Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Vanderbilt, has been elected chair of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Council. The AGA Institute Council is comprised of 24 elected representatives from 12 topic interest groups that address the […]

Have You Checked Out Cancer Connect Yet?

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has joined with the national CancerConnect.com initiative to launch a new online support community for people impacted by cancer, including patients, family members, friends and advocates. Participants don’t have to be a Vanderbilt-Ingram patient or family member to join the online community. There they can share stories, ask questions and learn from […]

Grant Bolsters Pancreatic Cancer Research

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Stephen Fesik, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Chemistry, has received a $2.5 million grant to fund research on drugs for the treatment of pancreatic cancer. The three-year award from the Lustgarten Foundation will support Fesik’s work on targeting K-Ras, a protein that is mutated in 90 percent of pancreatic cancer patients. Approximately 43,140 patients […]

DNA ‘Marks’ Gastric Cancer Risk

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Infection with the stomach-dwelling bacterium Helicobacter pylori is a strong risk factor for gastric cancer. But since about half of the world’s population is infected, and less than 1 percent of infected individuals develop cancer, other factors must contribute to gastric cancer risk. Barbara Schneider, Ph.D., and colleagues are examining the role of epigenetic factors […]