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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, […]

‘Bright Day for Many Melanoma Patients’

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

News that the Food and Drug Administration had approved a new targeted drug for advanced melanoma was heralded as good news this week by physician-scientists at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which was involved in many of the studies that helped lead to the approval. “This is a bright day for many melanoma patients,” said Dr. Jeffrey […]

Lung Cancer Study Suggests Therapy Change

Friday, July 29th, 2011

A new lung cancer study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators found that various non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells grow at different rates, which may explain why some tumors become resistant to anti-cancer drugs faster than others. Based on the differential growth rates, the study suggests that a change in the timing and dosages […]

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 […]

Breast Cancer Added to Gene Test Arsenal

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Breast cancer patients at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center can now have their tumor tissue tested for gene mutations that are important for treatment decisions. Information from genetic tests in the tumors will be used to match patients to the best cancer therapies available, including drugs that are in early clinical trial testing. Tumor mutation testing for […]

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 […]

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, […]

VUMC Debuts New DNA Sequencers

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Since the first of the year, one cutting-edge sequencer, the Illumina HiSeq 2000, has been installed in a lab in the Preston Research Building, and another has been delivered. More than 30 Vanderbilt investigators have submitted samples for sequencing by the machines, which are not much bigger than half-size refrigerators.“The access to this technology allows […]

Experts Explore Gene Testing Effects

Friday, April 1st, 2011

A mere 10 years after the first draft of the human genome sequence was completed, scientists and companies are delivering some of the first fruits of that achievement to patients and consumers. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center, for example, patients scheduled for cardiac catheterization are tested for a genetic variation to determine which blood thinner […]

VICC Launches Genetic Research Tool

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has launched the nation’s first personalized cancer decision support tool, “My Cancer Genome,” to help physicians and researchers track the latest developments in personalized cancer medicine and connect with clinical research trials for their patients. This web-based information tool is designed to quickly educate clinicians on the rapidly expanding list of genetic […]