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Heart Protein May be Target for Colon Cancer Therapies

Friday, October 7th, 2011

A protein critical in heart development may also play a part in colon cancer progression. Research led by investigators fromVanderbilt-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 cancer metastasis. The study, […]

Red Meat and Colon Polyps

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Scientists have already established an association between a diet high in red meat and the risk of colorectal cancer. Now cancer investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Tennessee Valley Health System in Nashville) have found that eating a steady diet of red or processed meat, especially meat that has been […]

VICC Seeks to Halt Colorectal Cancer’s Impact on Family

Friday, September 30th, 2011

As program coordinator for the Vanderbilt Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Registry, Duveen Sturgeon, R.N., regularly meets with patients and their families in the hospital to discuss the importance of being tested for the disease, which can be carried genetically to other family members. But not everyone in the family is always available, particularly those who live […]

Prevent Colorectal Cancer with Screenings

Friday, March 18th, 2011

What is Colon/Rectal Cancer? Colorectal cancer begins in the colon or rectum and can be referred as colon or rectal cancer depending upon where the cancer starts. Colon and rectal cancer have many commonalities, but they tend to be treated differently. In order to understand colorectal cancer, it helps to be familiar with the structure […]

Explorable Colon Helps Raise Awareness

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Anyone who has ever wondered what doctors see when they look inside the human body can get a close-up view of a model of the colon during the Prevent Cancer Foundation Super Colon™ event in Nashville. An inflatable, interactive model of the interior of a human colon will be on display Saturday, March 26, from […]

Enzyme Protects Against Inflamed Colon

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Inflammation is beneficial when the body is fighting off an acute infection – but not so helpful when it becomes chronic. For patients with inflammatory bowel disease, persistent inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract increases the risk of colon cancer. Jeremy Goettel, Ph.D., and colleagues examined the role of KSR1, an enzyme required for colon epithelial […]

Photo: Growing Awareness

Friday, March 4th, 2011

In the VUMC Courtyard Café, Clay and Christa Bare discuss their risk for colon cancer with Steven Klintworth, center, research coordinator for the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery. Klintworth volunteered to dress like a colon polyp to kick off Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March.

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 […]

Day to Raise Awareness of Colorectal Cancer

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Just as the color pink is associated with breast cancer, blue is now linked to colon cancer awareness, and Friday, March 4, is this year’s Dress in Blue Day. The annual event is celebrated the first Friday of March, which is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. “Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death […]

Wise to Lead Colorectal Cancer Group

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Paul Wise, M.D., has been elected president of the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer (CGA). He has held leadership roles on the council since 2008. Wise, assistant professor of Surgery in the Division of General Surgery, specializes in colon and rectal surgery with an interest in colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers. He […]