News: June, 2011

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Multimedia Highlights

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Meet some of the sharp and quick Vanderbilt Valets – they have your parking problems worked out.

Decision Tree

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Kort Nygard opted to wait until his prostate cancer needed treatment. Then he decided to have open surgery. Jim Davidson chose radiation therapy, the external beam type. Sam Dick selected robotic surgery. Three different patients with prostate cancer, three different treatment choices. The decision that faces a man diagnosed with localized prostate cancer is daunting. [...]

Moving On

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Susan Hahn is moving again – into a new home and into a new stage of life after cancer. The Chicago native had moved to Nashville in January 2009. She was engaged by that July and quickly began planning a big wedding. She and her fiancé had also just begun plans to tear down and [...]

Keeping Up With Cancer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The long-term forecast for the fight against cancer is indeed gloomy if a predicted shortage of oncologists comes to pass. The impending shortage, predicted recently by a study commissioned by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), could result in a shortage of as many as 4,000 oncologists by 2020, causing cancer patients to travel [...]

Divide And Conquer

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

When the United States declared a “War on Cancer” 40 years ago, the endeavor was envisioned as a strategic battle, with doctors and researchers employing overwhelming force and lethal technology in a straightforward march to victory against a disease that claimed millions of lives. Scientists have made progress in the ensuing years, yet the enemy [...]

Big Picture Moments

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Clinical trials nurse Wendy Cooper is excited to play a part in bringing research advances from the lab to the clinic.

Charlotte Scalf: In Her Own Words

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

A lymphoma diagnosis and other personal tragedies derailed Charlotte Scalf’s plans for a relaxing retirement. But with the support of her family and stem cells from her “angel donor,” she triumphed over the disease.

Back at the Bench

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Jimmy Caldwell found respite in woodworking until his diagnosis with an “unusual” stomach tumor. Vanderbilt is hoping to make diagnosis and treatment of these unusual tumors routine with the establishment of the Vanderbilt Neuroendocrine Center.

News From Around the Cancer Center

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Neuss Named Chief Medical Officer Michael Neuss, M.D., has been appointed chief medical officer for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center’s clinical enterprise. He assumes the newly created position July 1. A Duke-trained oncologist in practice since 1986, Neuss was, until December, the vice president of the largest oncology practice in the Cincinnati area. Neuss will report to [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is committed to conducting innovative, high-impact basic, translational and clinical research with the greatest potential for making a difference for cancer patients, today and in the future. Here’s a sampling of recent work published in peer-reviewed journals by center investigators: Weight’s impact on death risk Asians of normal weight are far less [...]