Glioma is the most common and lethal type of brain tumor, and now investigators from Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and three other cancer centers have identified a link between a rare genetic variant and the risk of developing glioma. The variant also appears to improve the odds of survival among glioma patients. Reid Thompson, M.D., William [...]
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Kyle Weaver, M.D., assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, has received the Preuss Award from the Joint Section on Tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS). The Preuss Award is given to a young scientist investigating brain tumors who submitted the best basic science research paper. First [...]
Back in April, one of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s faculty members, Dr. Reid Thompson, was a featured presenter at TEDx Nashville. The event included artists, actors, musicians, a rocket scientist, a dancer, and others, all speaking on the topic “A Sense of Wonder.” Here’s is Dr. Thompson’s TEDx Talk, in which he describes the wonder that [...]
On Mother’s Day 2008, Marcia Akers was expecting a traditional Mother’s Day gift from her children. Instead, she received a piercing pain, like a lightning bolt streaking down the right side of her body. The seizure resulted in a trip to a Nashville hospital where tests revealed a golf ball-size tumor in her brain. Doctors [...]
The do-it-yourself rocket scientist from Alabama was a tough act to follow at Saturday’s TEDxNashville, but Reid Thompson, M.D., pulled it off, wowing the packed performance hall with the “sense of wonder” that he finds every day in the operating room. “I remember vividly the first time I touched a human brain,” began Thompson, William [...]
The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has recently opened a new suite for “stereotactic radiosurgery,” which uses the latest generation in radiation therapy technology.
Drs. Fen Xia and Anthony Cmelak observe as a patient is positioned for stereotactic radiosurgery for her tumor. This system, called Novalis TX, offers precision to the millimeter — about the width of a fingernail.