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Outpatient Unit Expands

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The recent expansion of the Outpatient Transplant Unit (OTU) at Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center has nearly doubled the number of treatment rooms, provided additional space for consultations, counseling and physical therapy, and allowed for the addition of four new staff positions. These improvements are facilitating patient care by enabling the clinic to care for additional [...]

Battling Blood Cancers

Friday, June 29th, 2012

One person in the United States dies every 10 minutes from a blood cancer – leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. This year more than 140,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed and more than 53,000 will die from these blood cancers, according to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The good news is the overall [...]

Laughter in Spite of Leukemia

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Dori Brown’s spirited battle against acute myeloid leukemia inspired her friends and family to raise money to fund research on the disease.

News From Around the Cancer Center

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Vanderbilt Mourns Loss of Frances Williams Preston Frances Williams Preston, one of the most successful female music executives in the history of the entertainment industry, and a member of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Overseers, died from congestive heart failure at her home in Nashville, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, June 13. She was [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Friday, June 29th, 2012

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 work published recently in peer-reviewed journals by Cancer Center investigators:   Studies Offer Insights into Melanoma Treatment Vanderbilt-Ingram investigators were involved [...]

When the Treatment Fights Back

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) – the main complication of allogeneic stem cell transplants – is the exact opposite of solid organ rejection: instead of your body rejecting the new organ, the new organ (the donor immune system) rejects you. In the acute post-transplant period, GVHD typically manifests as an itchy skin rash, gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, [...]

Opening Pandora’s Box

Friday, June 29th, 2012

It’s been two years since Joan Meredith’s stem cell transplant for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Although she is now “100 percent donor” and her new immune system appears to be functioning well, she remains vigilant against the health complications related to her transplant – like infections, for example. “I hated wearing the mask because I [...]

Understanding Stem Cell Transplant

Friday, June 29th, 2012

  Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center performs around 215 stem cell and bone marrow transplants each year, providing care leading up to the transplant, through all aspects of the procedure, and indefinitely after the transplant to monitor for complications. To address some common questions about the procedure, we spoke with Madan Jagasia, M.D., director of the Outpatient [...]

Forecast Positive

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The best meteorologists can seem akin to conjurers – mixing scientific information about pressure gradients and wind patterns with a dollop of gut instinct to create weather forecasts that often appear magically accurate. As a meteorologist for WKRN Channel 2 in Nashville, Davis Nolan, 57, is an expert at diagnosing weather patterns that can create [...]

Leukemia’s Chromosomal Break-ups

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Scott Hiebert, Ph.D., has been on a 20-year hunt for the causes of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). When he entered the field in 1992, scientists had identified multiple chromosomal translocations – where two chromosomes break apart and exchange some genetic information – in cells from patients with acute leukemia. At the junctions (breakpoints) where the [...]