News: March, 2013

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News from Around the Cancer Center

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

New chair of Cell and Developmental Biology named Ian Macara, Ph.D., recently joined the faculty as the new chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Macara, who was also named the Louise B. McGavock Professor, succeeds Susan Wente, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Health Affairs and senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences, [...]

Decoding Cancer

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Do you know which physical traits you inherited from your parents and grandparents? I’m fairly tall and so are my parents, so I can surmise that my tall stature was linked to an inherited trait. Each of us inherits cells with a set of chromosomes containing the genetic information passed down from our parents. Genes [...]

Recent Publications by VICC Researchers

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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 in peer-reviewed journals by Cancer Center investigators in 2012: New clues to treating melanoma New therapies for melanoma, like [...]

A Closer Look

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

When Kate McReynolds, MSC, MSN, ANP-BC, teaches cancer genetics to nursing students, she uses the analogy of a library. A human cell’s nucleus is the physical building, filled with shelves we call chromosomes. On each shelf are hundreds of books called genes. Each book, or gene, contains a recipe for a protein, and together those [...]

A Team Approach

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

With her husband stationed overseas in Korea and an active 1-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter in tow, Erin Allmon decided she was way too busy to have any further complications in life. So when she went to be tested for a familial gene mutation that might cause pancreatic cancer, she was determined that there was [...]

Cancer and the Family Tree

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

  Family photos tell the tale of genetics, providing visual evidence of hereditary patterns in a family tree. The same features are seen again and again in the faces and bodies of successive generations, physical traits passed down from one branch to the next that help explain why a toddler looks “just like her grandmother.” [...]

All in the Family

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Polyps, small growths found on the lining of the intestinal tract, can be benign or they can be a harbinger of cancer. Families whose members have a history of colon polyps may have a genetic mutation that makes them more susceptible to colorectal cancer. The Vanderbilt Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Registry, which was launched in January [...]

Thoroughbreds

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

  Dell Hancock remembers the day 40 years ago that the idea for the A.B. Hancock Jr. Memorial Laboratory for Cancer Research at Vanderbilt took form. Her father, Arthur Boyd “Bull” Hancock Jr., had recently died from pancreatic cancer. The family planned for memorial donations to go to a national cancer foundation, but one particularly [...]

Cancer Gene Hunters

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Twelve months after James Bradford Jr.’s, initial diagnosis of melanoma, his tumor had spread to other organs. While the 75-year-old Nashville banking magnate died 13 days later, his legacy lives on. Early on in his disease course, Bradford’s cancer tissue had been tested for the most common melanoma-associated mutations. These mutations – in genes called [...]

Donor support funds melanoma breakthrough

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

James (“Jimmy”) and Lillian (“Tooty”) Bradford had taken a ski trip to Switzerland every year since 1985. But in February 2010, Jimmy had been battling melanoma for over a year – and the Bradfords received some bad news that could have derailed the trip. “Jimmy found out he had a terrible scan on Feb. 2, [...]