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Grant bolsters Kirschner’s prostate cancer research

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Austin Kirschner, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Biology, has received the Urology Care Foundation Research Scholars Award for the study of advanced prostate cancer. “I am very honored to receive this important award in support of research to help men with difficult-to-treat forms of prostate cancer,” said Kirschner, who joined the […]

New options enhance prostate cancer treatment

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) patient William Ostman smiled while gazing into a camera lens and declared, “I am a prostate cancer survivor.” Ostman, 63, who now lives in Hermitage, Tennessee, was sharing his story recently in a video for the nonprofit organization ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer. The fact that he is still […]

Courage Unmasked

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Radiation masks donated by head and neck cancer patients and decorated by Nashville-area artists were displayed during the recent Courage Unmasked event at Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Gallery. More than 60 masks visible on the back wall were decorated by Nashville area artists to raise funds for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center head and neck cancer patients. Read more […]

HPV-Positive Head and Neck Cancer Patients May be Safely Treated with Lower Radiation Dose

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

by Dagny Stuart A new study suggests that lowering the dose of radiation therapy for some head and neck cancer patients may improve outcomes and cause fewer long-term side effects. The research was presented by lead author Anthony Cmelak, M.D., professor of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC), during the 50th annual meeting of […]

Lymphedema Therapy

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Jadranko “Yadi” Franjic describes lymphedema symptoms and what is done during therapy to help control the swelling in the lymphatic system. Lymphedema is most common among patients who experience trauma to their lymphatic system. Examples include cancer patients undergoing lymphatic node dissection or radiation therapy and those who suffer a traumatic injury. Swelling of the […]

Using Nutrition to Battle Cancer

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Many times those going through cancer treatment and even those who have finished have questions about eating a healthy diet. Melissa Brown, a nutrition coach at the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health, describes different foods that have cancer-fighting agents in them as well as easy meal techniques. If you are interested in learning more about […]

RENEW: Gentle Movement Classes

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The RENEW: Gentle Movement Classes are part of the Vanderbilt Cancer Wellness Program and are for adults going through cancer treatment as well as those who have finished. Karen Dyer-Klein, an exercise specialist at the Vanderbilt Dayani Center, describes the types of workouts available, which include Ai Chi (aquatic exercise) on Mondays at 3:15 p.m., […]

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 […]

A Boost for Radiation’s Killing Power

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Radiation therapy – ionizing radiation that kills cells by producing DNA damage – is an important tool for treating human cancer. Because cancer cells can acquire resistance to radiation, Sekhar Konjeti, Ph.D., Michael Freeman, Ph.D., and colleagues are searching for ways to enhance the DNA damage produced by ionizing radiation in order to overcome cancer […]