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Thriving After Cancer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Breast cancer survivor Adrien MacKenzie isn’t satisfied with simply being a cancer “survivor.” She wants to be a “thriver.” “It’s going to be a while before I get over that ‘I just got over chemotherapy’ look,” she acknowledges, “but I don’t want to always identify as ‘the cancer patient’ or ‘cancer survivor’ in the room.” […]

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, […]

Songs From the Heart Concert Set for June 24

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Cancer patients, longtime survivors, family members and those who treat cancer patients are invited to take part in this year’s Songs from the Heart concert, which features songs written by the participants. The annual event sponsored by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and Gilda’s Club Nashville starts with a two-night songwriting workshop for those interested in penning […]

Cancer Survivors’ Day Conference Set for June 18

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

For every cancer patient who is still on therapy or who is now cancer-free, there are millions of family members, caregivers or friends who have walked alongside them during the long and emotional journey. All of these cancer “survivors” are encouraged to attend this year’s free Survivors’ Day Conference and Celebration, “Cancer GPS: Navigating Your […]

Celebrate Survivors’ Day on June 18

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center cordially invites you and your guests to join us for this year’s Survivors’ Day Conference, “Cancer GPS: Navigating Your Journey” on Saturday, June 18, 2011. The event will be held at Vanderbilt University Student Life Center from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Linda Armstrong Kelly, the mother of Lance Armstrong, will be the keynote speaker. During your lunch break, […]

Soy Not a Risk for Breast Cancer Survivors

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

After years of confusion about the safety of soy food consumption by breast cancer survivors, a large new study found that eating soy foods did not increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death among breast cancer survivors. The study was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. […]

Take a Video Tour of the “Super Colon”

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

“Come here, I am NOT walking through this colon by myself.” The man, whose wife quickly joined him at the entrance of the 20-foot-long inflatable representation of a colon, was among folks who braved damp chilly weather on March 26, 2011, to visit the Cancer Prevention Foundation’s “Super Colon.” In all, more than 400 Middle […]

Not Everyday You Meet An Angry Polyp

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Yes, I have my Flip camera … what time will the Polyp be there? That’s how my morning started, but it’s all in a day’s work for someone in the cancer communications and public relations business. You see, today is the first day of Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness among Vanderbilt University […]

Less-invasive Lung Cancer Surgery Studied

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

For years, the standard treatment for some early lung cancers was to remove the entire affected lobe. The recurrence of cancer was low, but the procedure was invasive and unnecessarily removed normal lung tissue not affected by the tumors. Vanderbilt’s Department of Thoracic Surgery and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center have joined a National Cancer Institute […]

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 […]